Creative Spark


Dates: April 4 – May 9 (Session 1) OR May 16 – June 20 (Session 2)
Time: Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Fee: FREE, Registration required (through the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County)
Max Capacity: 12 (per session)

Wander through the gallery and explore creative projects in this series of creative workshops for individuals living with dementia and their caregivers. Each week we will have discussions about our current exhibiting artists and their artwork, and then we will respond creatively through watercolour, collage, acrylic painting, textiles, and more! This program is in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County. Our hope is that this collaborative program will continue to foster meaningful and purposeful connections in a safe space with creativity as the resonating commonality that restores well-being.

Creative Spark is offered to individuals living with dementia and their care partners connected to the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County. For questions about this program and to register, please call or email the Society at:

705-722-1066 ext. 221


Sarah Merry

Since 1995, Sarah’s work has been exhibited in Toronto, London, New York, Bogota and Chicago. It is represented in both private and corporate collections in Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the USA.

Sarah studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax) and graduated with honours from the Ontario college of Art and Design (Toronto). In 1998, she was one of the 15 selected amongst 2000 candidates to the Post Graduate Diploma program at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London, UK.

In 2007, she organized, curated and presented Parca, an exhibition of eight Canadian artists in celebration of Canada Day in New York, championed by the Canadian Consulate and former Consul General, Dan Sullivan.

Sarah continues to work on her first massive collaborative project with the public in support of environmental charity, Nature Canada. Photo submissions from across the country are being turned into 200 paintings and limited edition giclee prints. Alongside her professional painting practice, Sarah teaches art to youth, adults, and people living with dementia.

Kim Brett

Kim Brett (she/her) is a practicing visual artist and educator from Simcoe County. She is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Georgian College and earned her BFA at the University of Lethbridge, majoring in painting and museum and gallery studies. Furthering her studies, she delved into painting at AUArts and pursued Communications and Media at the University of Calgary. Kim was honoured with the Fine Arts Graduate Scholarship at Georgian and the John Clark Scholarship in Art at UofL, which included a month-long artist residency at the Gushul Studio in the scenic Crowsnest Pass. She taught printmaking at Georgian and is currently a visual arts instructor at the MacLaren Art Centre. Actively engaged in the local arts community, Kim has participated in numerous collaborations, both as a participant and organizer, contributing to events including Open Air Dunlop, Barrie’s Culture Days, Coldwater Steampunk Festival, and the South Simcoe Museum.

Kim has exhibited her art extensively across Canada and her works are held in private and corporate collections. She brings a colourful and energetic approach to her art-making practice, providing the foundation for developing engaging and experimental programming for her classes and workshops.