The “Meet your Kingston&Co” blog series tells the story of Kingston Road Village through the eyes of local shopkeepers.
Newly opened on May 1st, Yellow House Gallery is the new to the neighbourhood. I spoke with the owner, Christine Kostoff, about why she chose the area and what she thinks so far.
The journey of opening her own business was started when her father suggested the area, as her parents grew up in the area and they have family on Lee Avenue. As they drove through one day, they noticed the differences the Kingston Road Village Revitalization Project had new shops coming in, had a lot of foot traffic and looked like it could use a second gallery. Christine loves the mix of new small businesses and old landmarks, working together to create a community.
The area so far, says Christine, has been very supportive, eclectic, artistic, enthusiastic, and proud of its character. As a resident of Leslieville, she sees a lot of similarities between the two neighbourhoods, and is happy to be so welcomed into the area.
As she loves supporting the local businesses, she raved to me about all her favourite spots along the Kingston Road strip. Beaches Bakeshop and Cafe is always a must when deciding where to visit, as well as the Art of Wine and Cheese. Close to those landmarks we all know and love, the Glen Manor Ravine is a beautiful and airy walk across from Cobalt Gallery. Annette, who owns Cobalt Gallery, actually introduced me to Christine when she first opened. I am always impressed by the amount of support the businesses in the area give each other, always a true community.
Yellow House Gallery is a contemporary space, but is very accessible to anyone who walks in. The goal was for people to walk in and feel at ease with art work, gazing without pressure and observing the works for the pure sense of personal taste. Christine is very laid back, and so is the space. In the back of the space is a framing studio.
The works selected for the space are inspired by the Modern peers (like Van Gogh), and will be paired with a lecture series beginning in the fall. The shows are generally group shows, and must coincide with the curated gallery statement.
If you are interested in coming by for a show, tonight Yellow House is hosting a reception from 6:30 to 10 for “Familiar but Strange,” a new group show.
Each month there is a new show. Yellow House Gallery is located at 921 Kingston Road and is opened Wednesday to Friday from 11 am to 6 30 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm. The gallery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.