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 someone 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.