New Year, New Gallery......same me.

One Sky has gone through many changes since opening in May of 2017. Originally, there were two of us. That changed in December of 2017, and became only me. This is my first blog ever, so please be patient.

My name is Cristina, and I own and operate One Sky gallery boutique. The initial vision of One Sky was to feature fine art and fine curated handmade products made by people of the North. Since then, it has evolved. I still have many of the “day one” artists and artisans. Some have gone, some have stayed. There are always new and exciting creative souls approaching One Sky, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Opening a business is not new to me. I’ve had a few. Being my own boss suits me. It’s not for everyone, even though many may think it is. Sometimes I dream about going to work and leaving, knowing that everything is done and I can enjoy the rest of the day or evening. Not so with a small business of any kind. It’s on your mind 24/7. It even takes your dream life when you’re asleep sometimes! It takes a pretty serious amount of guts. Bricks and mortar is a big risk. I recently visited my daughter in Toronto, and noticed how many shops have come and gone since I lived there. There are stalwarts, though, that stay. I will do everything in my power to make One Sky one of them. And I am a stubborn Italian.

Seeing my father build an empire from nothing gives me my determination. Having a dragon lady visionary as a mother gives me my drive. I was born for it. The risk, the chance, the opportunity, the constant change. I am an entrepreneur.

It feels good to say that. In the past, I have diminished myself to suit others, to make them feel bigger. So many times! I project an air of confidence, but let me tell you, that has been cultivated. I have worked at it. I am naturally so shy that I would hide behind my mother as a child. I turned my back on audiences at Suzuki violin recitals as a little girl. Many people have told me that they were intimidated by me at first because of the look on my face. I’ll let you in on a little secret: that look is fear. Of you! I don’t particularly like or need to be the centre of attention, but life thrust me into it. Life said, “Too bad, Crissy. You’re not a wallflower.”

I’m ok with it now, as long as I get my time alone to recharge. In busy seasons, my eyes get so tired. Not from doing a bunch of things, but from so much interaction with people. It can drain me to the bone. I am thankful for the slower times, like now in January, when I can focus on other things rather than customer after customer. It’s a welcome break.

So what am I focusing on?

One Sky’s online shop. It’s been a long time coming, and I didn’t want to jump into it until the model made sense to me. I had an epiphany back in November as to how I would work it. It’s being put into action now, and it feels pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good (thanks Larry David).

I’m also focusing on learning Beethoven’s Ghost Trio, which I will perform in the spring, date TBA.

I think that’s enough for my very first blog ever. Thanks for reading, and I’m looking forward to writing more in 2019.

C

Portrait of me by Richard Greene

Portrait of me by Richard Greene