“Artists” stealing from Artists – Sad News at 100 Braid St Studios

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I am really sad to announce that last Friday night 100 Braid St was broken in to. All of our artists studios were rifled through and the major losses were art supplies although computer equipment & printers were also taken. In some cases the thieves actually picked through things taking only the best paints, spray paints, brushes, and equipment. Clearly soSad Sunflowers at 100 Braid Stmeone who considers themselves an artist feels it’s OK to steal from other artists.

One of our youngest members Fiona Tang, had purchased a set of charcoals as a gift to herself on her recent graduation from Emily Carr–they are now gone. Corrin Howes just finished moving in & setting up her studio recently and all of her new paints, brushes & mediums were stolen. Ingrid Tamboline, one of our jewelry makers had a very difficult to find, made in the Ukraine, bending tool; now she cannot create the jewelry she had planned for the upcoming Cultural Crawl. These are just three of the stories & sadly there is one to tell for each our 16 artists.

New security measures have been taken and we are thankful that no one was hurt, no art was stolen and we are mindful that “things” can eventually be replaced. Our focus is on restoring the joy and creative spirit at 100 Braid St by getting busy and making art in preparation for the New Westminster Cultural Crawl. We hope that you will come see us between 11:00 and 5:00pm on August 9 & 10. You’ll get to see the work of over 20 artists all in one spot and we’ll have light refreshments. The splatter room will be open and available by donation so you can let out your inner Jackson Pollock & have some serious fun. We’ll also have a “wishing well” since some of our friends have asked about creating a fund for the artists who have lost through the break-in. All funds from the Splatter Room and wishing well will be shared equally by the artists who have sustained loss.

We hope to see you.

8 thoughts on ““Artists” stealing from Artists – Sad News at 100 Braid St Studios

    Lelainia Lloyd said:
    July 24, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    As you said, no one was hurt, which was the most important thing, but still, it’s deeply demoralizing to have art equipment & supplies stolen. No one likes the feeling of having their sacred space violated and my heart goes out to everyone affected. It’s a lovely idea to have a fund to help replace things. Perhaps the kindness & generousity of our greater art community will help lift everyone’s spirits.

    100braidststudios responded:
    July 24, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks Lelaina. I’ll pass on your message to all of the other artists-I know it will be appreciated.

    raincoaster said:
    July 27, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Reblogged this on raincoaster and commented:
    That’s just horrible. Some asshole who can’t make it as an artist broke into a collective studio and helped himself to the art supplies. Also a computer and printer.

      100braidststudios responded:
      July 31, 2014 at 7:03 am

      Thanks for blogging raincoaster 🙂

        raincoaster said:
        July 31, 2014 at 7:19 am

        Least I could do. Hope you catch the marginally talented mofo.

    Leslie Welsh Robinson said:
    July 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I’m very sorry to hear this. What a blow after all the hard work and vision that went into opening the Studios. I hope that the open house and the wishing well will go a long way towards healing the space and the artists! I hope to make it there on Sunday.

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