The 6th in our series of business profiles is of C1 art space. Located at 44 Ossington, C1 is an interesting spot where they not only display art, but offer opportunities for people to interact with art through classes.
Sandra from C1 answers our 8 questions:
What’s your business?
I run C1 art space, an art shop, art school and clay studio, with my husband Ross Bonfanti for the past 5 years. I am also a cofounder of a second business on Ossington, AWOL Gallery and Studios, with a collective of seven artists for the past 11 years.
How is your business unique?
C1 art space is a community hub of creativity for all ages that allows people to see art items, buy them or learn to create and appreciate various processes. We have a fun blend of mixed media, clay and silk screening courses offered that draw people of all types of backgrounds.
How long have you been in business here?
5 years with C1 art space and 11 with AWOL Gallery and Studios
What drew you to be here on Ossington?
Initially back in 1999 it was affordability as we were fresh out of school. We needed a large space to house multiple art studios and the commercial/industrial aspect of some of the larger spaces on the street worked out perfectly. Now it’s grown so much and there is such versatility of businesses opening up. This street essentially became our home and where we wanted to remain when Ross and I deciding to open up C1 art space.
What changes have you seen on Ossington since your business has been here?
Many. The street was mostly karaoke bars with very little daytime traffic. It’s developing into an entirely new street.
How do you see your business and Ossington five years from now?
I would hope that Ossington continues to develop into a community village of sort, like Roncesvalles, that will remain long term and be integrated with the surrounding neighbourhood community. Ross and I hope to still be making things and showing Canadian artists work and handmade gift items we love so much.
What is your favorite spot on Ossington, other than your own? and why?
Jaiden’s Petals and Cindiloohoo. Dani and Stefano are rays of sunshine on the street and have always been about old school community. You can go in and get one of Dani’s lovely bouquets and chat for a bit about life. They care.