Since she established her first gallery in Hazelton Lanes in Toronto’s Yorkville area in 1984, Sandra Ainsley has developed and nurtured her passion for glass into a thriving and successful business.
Sandra Ainsley Gallery expanded in 1989 to become the premier gallery in the financial district’s Exchange Tower. This location allowed Sandra to better meet the needs of both private clients and corporate clients with an impressive roster of international artists.
The Exchange Tower space launch in 1989, and the 10th anniversary of Sandra Ainsley Gallery were both celebrated with Dale Chihuly exhibitions. Sandra Ainsley Gallery at The Distillery opened November 2002, with over 2000 people in attendance, and pioneered the largest exhibition by Dale Chihuly ever held in a private gallery.
In September 2012, Sandra Ainsley Gallery relocated to an industrial warehouse in the Don Valley Parkway and Eglinton Ave area at 100 Sunrise Ave, Unit 150. It was a surprising move but the space, with it’s 22 foot ceilings, is an ideal backdrop to show sculpture, especially the pieces with scale.
This new location enables Sandra to spend quality time with her clients and artists. Many of the artists Sandra has represented for over 25 years and she enjoys her long standing relationships with them. The gallery works private collectors, corporate clients, designers and architects in placing major pieces and installations as well as more intimate sculpture.
After over twenty five years in business Sandra has become an integral part of the international glass community. She has established herself as the leading dealer of contemporary glass in Canada.
Sandra’s passion these days is to work closely with her clients and expose them to the always evolving world of glass.