Elmwood Spa to host Charles Pachter art show in support of the YWCA Elm Centre and Irma Brydson Place

    - Goal for May 5th event is to raise $150,000 to help fund construction
    of new centre -

    TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ - Elmwood Spa is proud to announce that it will
host an evening of gathering, celebration and giving on May 5th, 2009 to
recognize the work of renowned Canadian contemporary artist Charles Pachter
and to build awareness and raise funds for the YWCA Elm Centre, the YWCA's new
$80 million supportive housing development, including Irma Brydson Place.
    Charles Pachter is a renowned painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer,
historian, lecturer, and one of Canada's leading contemporary artists. He has
graciously offered to donate a major painting for auction during the private
viewing on May 5th, in addition to a percentage of all sales of his work from
this exhibition to the YWCA No Place Like Elm fundraising campaign.
    Marie Picton, Executive Manager, Spa Services, feels that the YWCA and
Elmwood Spa share a strong relationship. "We share a common history, through
our building, and we also share a common goal, in that the YWCA has a long
history of offering respite and support to women, and we also offer respite to
our guests," said Ms. Picton.
    'The Elmwood' is a Toronto Heritage Building built in 1889 at 18 Elm
Street. It was the original Toronto YWCA until the 1950's when the YWCA moved
and the building became 'The Elmwood Women's Hotel'. In 1982, 'The Elmwood'
became the esteemed Toronto women's club and The Spa at The Elmwood, from
which Elmwood Spa continues to evolve.
    The YWCA Elm Centre will feature 300 permanent affordable apartments for
women in need and their families. It will also house several public venues,
including a 200-seat auditorium, meeting rooms, retail space, a restaurant,
and the headquarters for YWCA Toronto and YWCA Canada.
    The YWCA recently received a $5 million donation from the estates of the
late Ken Thomson and the late Audrey Campbell. Given in memory of their
sister, Irma Brydson, mother of Elmwood Spa founder, Sherry Brydson, the
17-story tower on Elm Street will be named Irma Brydson Place. Elmwood Spa's
goal this evening is to raise $150,000 towards the construction of one
two-bedroom apartment in the YWCA Elm Centre.
    Sherry Brydson believes that well-being comes from a balance of inner and
outer beauty, as well as living within a healthy environment and society. "Art
is an important part of the relaxation experience at Elmwood Spa. We encourage
our guests to attend to their physical, emotional and spiritual health and to
make our art part of that experience by contemplating its beauty, and letting
the artists' use of form and colour, spark an inner dialogue that stimulates
and rejuvenates," said Ms. Brydson.
    Elmwood Spa houses a small permanent collection of Canadian, American and
Thai artists, and every part of the spa encourages guests to linger and feel
comfortable walking around in a robe all day.
    "Having an exhibition of my work at Elmwood Spa is a kind of homecoming
for me, as I first gave an illustrated lecture here in 1983. As a fan of
historic architecture and a restorer of old buildings, I'm particularly
pleased to be installing my works in this handsome, beautifully-restored,
19th-century building. With added contemporary flair, it not only provides
elegant public space for large paintings, but each level contains intimate
niches that encourage up-close viewing of mid-size and smaller works. It's a
great show space!" said Mr. Pachter.
    "The YWCA Elm Centre, including Irma Brydson Place, is now under
construction and will provide homes for women at risk and their families. It
is an inspired project that is to be lauded and supported, and I am happy to
help through the auction and sale of my art works on May 5, 2009," added Mr.
    "We are delighted that Charles Pachter has agreed to play such a
significant role in support of the spa's fundraising event," said Ms. Picton.
"He is generous with his time and his talents."
    "Charles supports the community and his work celebrates Canada with
unabashed patriotism and confidence. His paintings are bold and passionate, he
acts in unconventional ways, and he's lived through adversity in his own life.
Charles has confidence and panache, and nothing gets Charles down. And that's
the link. The YWCA's support of women and their families gives them confidence
to move forward positively in their lives. We are all contributing in our own
unique ways to the well-being of women in our community, and to our society,"
added Ms. Picton.
    Born in Toronto, Charles Pachter holds degrees from the University of
Toronto, the Sorbonne, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He holds an honorary
doctorate from Brock University, is a member of the Order of Canada, a
Chevalier of France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and a recipient of the
Queen's Jubilee medal. His paintings hang in public and private collections
around the world.
    Charles Pachter's work will be featured throughout Elmwood Spa from May 5
to June 7, 2009. The May 5th art show is a private event. It begins at 6:30

    Elmwood Spa, Canada's Favourite Urban Oasis(TM) offers a world of healing
including traditional European massage therapies, alternative therapies such
as Reiki and Reflexology, exclusive Siam treatments based on Thai tradition,
LI'TYA healing rituals from aboriginal Australia, which are exclusive to
Elmwood Spa in Canada, and marine-based treatments incorporating infrared
sauna and organic seaweeds from the Pacific Northwest Coast.

    Elmwood Spa is a founding member of Premier Spas of Ontario and Leading
Spas of Canada. Visit www.elmwoodspa.com for more information and daily
operating hours. (416) 977-6751

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
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For further information:

For further information: Marie Picton, Executive Manager, Spa Services,
(416) 646-0105, mpicton@elmwoodspa.com; Gwen Hayes, Senior Manager Sales &
Marketing, (416) 964-4515, ghayes@elmspagroup.com

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