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A special work of art to benefit xia-gibbs society
Rare Disease Day is February 28th and we are raising funds for Xia-Gibbs Syndrome research and awareness!
This year we are honoured to be able to showcase the work of a member of our XGS community, Emily Honderich, a talented artist who lives in Toronto, Canada.
Emily is a multi-disciplinary artist, working with a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil, watercolour, digital illustrations, charcoal, knitting, crochet, and weaving.
Emily has generously donated her piece “Bouquet”, which we are auctioning this month in aid of Xia-Gibbs Society and our programs.

Follow the link or click on the image to place your bid!

Emily was diagnosed with Xia-Gibbs Syndrome four years ago, after becoming very ill and spending a year in the hospital. She identifies as having several disabilities – hearing loss, anxiety, depression and cognitive challenges.

Emily has continued to create and share her art with the world.

Emily grew up in Toronto and lives there independently near her mother and brother. She has a rich exhibition history, having shown her work in various galleries and museums across Canada. In 2022 Emily was invited to create a logo for the planned Calgary Peace Museum. In 2021, she exhibited with Being Scene (Workman Arts, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) and in 2019 and 2022 her work was featured in the Expressive Arts Show by the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (link on her website). In 1997, her work was showcased at the Weeds Cafe in Calgary, Alberta. Emily also designed the logo for The Shoe Project.

Emily’s art education is equally impressive, having completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Calgary, Bachelor of Fine Arts at Alberta University for the Arts, and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Guelph. She has also taken classes at The Gardiner Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Avenue Road School for the Arts. Emily will graduate with a BFA in Integrated Media from OCAD University in May of this year.

Emily is also a graphic designer and runs a freelance graphic design studio, Erose Graphics. Her website can be found at and

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