The Story of Gwartzman's Art Supplies

"We deliver creativity to your door"
In the 1960’s Spadina and College was the place for artists to live and work, crammed with studios at every block. At the time, Gwartzman’s was a Discount Drapery and Fabric store, owned and run by Mr. G. Often artists would come into the store looking for canvas, so the Gwartzman’s brought in canvas of all different types and widths to accommodate the artists.

Once we became known for our discount canvas, the artists then came looking for paint, brushes, and all types of art supplies. The drapery and fabrics were eventually moved to make room for a larger selection of art materials, and we started sourcing products from around the world. Finally, we took on the name, Gwartzman’s Discount Art Supplies.

We've been in the same building at 448 Spadina Avenue since October 2nd, 1945. Over 75 years later, 2nd and 3rd generation Gwartzman’s are still carrying on the business. 

Keep on creating!


Mr. G in front of Gwartzman's in the spring of 1983


The current storefront of Gwartzman's. 

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