February 2012 – By Gurpreet Ghag
Ironically, Collrin found the Owl’s 185-square metre (2,000-square foot) perch — formerly Davenport MPP Jonah Schein’s campaign office — but realized it was too cavernous to be the “cosy little café” she planned.
Originally planning to feature works from an art collective on the walls, Collrin decided to turn the back half of her space into a full gallery featuring local artists. And it’s been successful as just after a few days of being open, a number of pieces sold.
Collrin hopes to continue to have regular art openings and to start hosting acoustic performances.
As for now, Collrin is planning to run the spot by herself from opening to closing every day to meet her neighbours and better understand the flow of her business.
She invites everyone to come in on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., But, Collrin said, if you see someone in there, then the spot is still open for business.
For more information and to view the current art on display, visithttp://rusticowl.tumblr.com.