Welcome Winter & Opus Art Supplies to the Neighbourhood

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Please join us in Welcoming Winter and Opus Art Supplies to the neighbourhood!

We’re opening the studio for an informal evening of Art, light appies, apple cider and hot chocolate.

Friday, December 2


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Tuesday, December 6
We’re so excited to announce our very first FAT PAINT Sign Making Paint & Sip Night.  Fat Paint is made locally, right here in New West and is an artisan chalk style paint created for furniture and home decor.  Instead of working on canvas we are providing wooden signs; our teacher will take you step by step through the painting and help you understand how use and work with Fat Paint. We have a variety of designs & our teacher can help you create something seasonal if you prefer.  No painting skills necessary.

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Friday, December 9
$35 per person
$60 for couples & friends who attend together

For our last Public Paint & Sip night of the year we have to ask, what goes together better than snowmen and penguins all on a frosty winter day?  Our Winter  Party themed painting is so charming and perfect for the winter season. As always our paint and sip nights include a glass of wine or beer and light appies to help you relax and enjoy your evening.  We provide all the paint supplies and our teacher will take you step by step through the painting.

Now you can enjoy some of your favorite art by 100 Braid St artists for the entire year.  We are so very proud of the great art that fills our new 2017 calendar.  Thanks to MacDonald Realty partial proceeds for our first calendar will go to Camp Kerry Society which provides support for bereaved families.

Our 2017 Calendars are available on our Square.com store here.
Each calendar is $7.00 which includes GST & PST.  Or you can purchase 3 for $15.00 (including taxes).
Why not pop into the studio tomorrow during our Welcome Winter event and pick some up as gifts.

Please email us at 100braidststudios@gmail.com if you’d like us to ship to you.

You’re Invited! Feast on the Fraser Paint Night

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Feast on the Fraser Paint & Sip Night
7:00-10:30pm     Wednesday, September 28
100 Braid St Studios, New Westminster

Tickets are on sale & space is limited!
Join us September 28th for our special edition Feast on the Fraser Paint & Sip Night. We are partnering with Central City Brewers & Distillers, The Fat Paint Company and a variety of other local merchants during Feast on the Fraser for an
unforgettable Made in New West night.

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to work with Fat Paint chalk paint our teacher will walk you step by step through the creation of a 6″ x 16″ wooden sign. We have a variety of some designs related to the history of drink in New West  as well as others like the birds on a wire family design above.  Or you can come up with your own!  You’ll learn how to use Fat Paint products to create a memorable and lasting piece that you’ll be happy to hang in your home.

The evening will take shape with carefully selected food and drink pairings by
Central City Brewers mixologist Christos and their chef Oliver:

1. Queensborough Gin Tasters paired with Gin Cured Salmon

2.Spring Into Gin Cocktail paired with Braised Short Rib

3. Perfect Gin and Tonic paired with Falafel Cakes

During the painting activity we’ll take a few breaks and guests will have the opportunity to tour our art studios and relax.
To finish off the evening we’ll be featuring:

Fratelli Bakery Biscotti
Cloud 9 Gluten-free Biscotti

Great Wall Tea Selection
Take Five Coffee

All materials & tools supplied and no painting experience is necessary.

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You’re Invited to 100 Braid St Studios August 13 & 14 – New West Cultural Crawl

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You are invited to the 13th Annual New Westminster Cultural Crawl
at 100 Braid St Studios & Gallery

August 13 & 14

See the work of 16+ Resident Arts

Shop for Great Art

Stay and Enjoy our Pop Up Cafe & Tea Shop


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100 Braid St Artists-3WE HOPE TO SEE YOU!

Brochure & MapPick up your 2016 New Westminster Crawl Map at our entrance.
The self-guided crawl is arranged in convenient neighbourhood clusters that showcase local art in galleries, theatres and historical venues. Neighbourhoods include Sapperton, Downtown, Uptown, Victory Heights and Queensborough.

Festivities begin on Friday evening August 12th, with wine and cheese party (cash bar) from 5 pm – 7 pm, on the 3rd floor of the Anvil Centre at which you can have a taste of the high quality of art present during the Cultural Crawl. Opening ceremony will be at 6pm with local and provincial dignitaries. Volunteers will be on hand with maps and routes. Then on Saturday and Sunday the N. W. Cultural Crawl starts at 11 am and runs until 5 pm both days


You can head over to the big box or trendy decorating store in your neighbourhood, struggle to find a parking spot, wade your way through the crowds and stand in a long line-up to pay for an art print for your wall. Or you can come to 100 Braid St and for the same price purchase an original piece of art. You can soak in the beauty, peacefulness and energy of the studio, talk to the artist, find out the pieces back story and learn about the processes that went into its creation. Each time you look at your art it will fill you with satisfaction and memories of this rich artistic and cultural experience.
So why big box store art when you can buy original?

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Invitations: Public Hearing & Heritage Home Tours

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NOTICE Public Hearing:
100 Braid St Property
MONDAY MAY 30th 6:00pm
City Hall New Westminster

This will be the last opportunity to voice your opinion about the proposed redevelopment for the 100 Braid St Property. City Council wants to hear your opinion & we’d appreciate your support.

You may attend this meeting to speak or send email submissions to clerks@newwestcity.ca addressed to the Mayor & city council or you may email them individually.
City Councillors (click on their profiles)

There is no speakers list made in advance of the Public Hearing.  At the meeting, Mayor Coté will ask for speakers and then call individuals forward one at a time.

If the zoning changes it will allow for the development of a 60,000 sq foot private school, Urban Academy. They hope to start building by January 2017. Then at some future point the 100 Braid St building will be torn down and a Residential High Density/Community Facility (condos) will be going up. We are sincerely appreciative of the fact that the proponent, Wesgroup, has in response to the concerns of the public and community, provided the gallery/studio space in the new proposal for the Studio. However, we currently have 5,660 square feet and a 4,300 sq foot venue space will not allow us to continue in our current business model; we will not be able to hold events such as art shows, weddings or corporate events. There will also not be enough parking on site. IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A WEDDING OR EVENT SCHEDULED THIS WILL NOT AFFECT YOU. The building will be replaced by a plaque and Wesgroup is willing to provide a public art piece to represent the heritage of the land.

We have challenged Wesgroup to continue to support the arts & to come up with a creative way to save the building and allow us to stay there. If this zoning and project does go through we have decided that at some point we will likely move to another location, if something that meets our needs can be found in the city. Wesgroup and the city planning department have agreed to help in our search.

100 Braid St is the last remaining building of The BC Distillery and a part of the industrial heritage of the city of New Westminster and the neighbourhood of Sapperton. Read the buildings history here

100 Braid St is not just one business but 17+ individual businesses (artists & teachers) and it provides the only affordable working art studio space in the city at this time. This redevelopment will affect our Artism program, what we can do for local non-profits, teachers, locals who provide services to us such as cleaning, and local businesses & organizations that we do business with and support.  Other businesses located here and that will be affected are: Bully’s Studios Inc and Uptown Dawg New West as well as ‪#‎Planet‬ Lazer and Bullpen Baseball & Softball School

Judy Villett; Judith Copland; Jenna Mhairi; Iris Mes Low; Mardell Rampton, Terra Varey, Victoria Klassen, Fiona Tang, Rachael Hatala-Laughing Sparrow Jewelry; Susan L. Greig; John Salterio; Omanie Elias; Ross Hayduk, Karen Justice, Tony Durke
Carla Thompson, Cliff Blank, Michael King, Gillian Wright, Naomi Topuzoglu, Iris Mes Low, Brenda Hatch, SD Jackson

New Westminster Heritage Home Tour at 100 Braid StYOU ARE INVITED
We’re turning back time to 1929!
Tickets can still be purchased on line at the New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society Website

Live Music – Quayside Voices and The Soot’s 
Tea, Coffee, Iced Tea & Light Refreshments will be available to purchase

Jason Vanderhill, historian will be on site to discuss the history of the BC Distillery

We sincerely appreciate the support of the NWPHS
100 Braid St Redevelopment
We hope you will come visit & learn more about us!

The History of the 100 Braid St Building

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We are delighted to let you know that a great start on the history of the 100 Braid St Building has finally been compiled.  You will find it on a new webpage on our site here and we invite you to read the fascinating tale of this “Winery Building”, which has turned out to be the last standing portion of the B.C. Distillery.

Owner Susan Greig started compiling the history of the building two years ago because she is a history lover but recent events have created an urgent need for this to be completed and shared to ensure that an informed opinion may be made by anyone interested in the future of the building.  The story of 100 Braid St is clearly not finished.

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We also wish to advise you also of the Notice of Advisory Planning Commission Meeting to be held Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 6:00pm.  It appears there is an error on this document as to the time of the meeting. It’s our understanding this is the first of two public meetings about the OCP Amendment and Rezoning for 100 Braid St.

File_000 (4)According to the document shown above “The APC wants to hear your opinion on whether the zoning should change. The card says that if you have an opinion, written submissions must be received by Friday, which is today, although any correspondence received after the deadline will be circulated at the meeting. Please also note that there is a typo in the phone number given for Development Planner: Rupinder Basi.  The City Hall number can be called at: 605-521-3711.

The document above also states the time is 6:30pm yet the Agenda for the Advisory Planning Committee Meeting states it starts at 6:00pm so we are assuming the 6:00 time start is the correct one.  If not, it means everyone will arrive 1/2 hour early.   Please find a a direct link to the APC Meeting Agenda and APC Meeting Agenda Package  for more information as to what will be discussed.

If you do send in correspondence, the card says to please email it to plnpost@newwestcity.ca  Please also address the letter or email to “Advisory Planning Commission”.   You may also wish to send letters to the Mayor and City Councillors about this matter – contact information can be found by clicking here.

You will find the links and all of the public information available about the current proposal at the end of the 100 Braid St building History page.


If the zoning change goes through it will allow for the sale of the building and the development of the Urban Academy 60,000 sq foot private school. Then at some point the 100 Braid St building will be torn down and a Residential High Density/Community Facility (condos) will be going up. The plan is offering 4,300 sq feet for an artist gallery/studio space within the new building.

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Interior 100 Braid St Studios
We are sincerely appreciative of the fact that the proponent Wesgroup has, in response to the concerns of the public and community, provided the gallery/studio space in the latest proposal for the Studio.  However, we currently have 5,660 square feet and a 4,300 sq foot venue space will not allow us to continue in our current business model; we will not be able to hold events such as art shows, weddings or corporate events.  There will also not be adequate parking on the site for such. FOR ANYONE WHO ALREADY HAS AN EVENT BOOKED–YOUR EVENT IS NOT AT RISK.

100 Braid St Studios and Gallery is not just one business but a total of 17 businesses.  There are 16 individual artists (many who are city residents) and each one of them has their own career/business. The Studios and Gallery currently provides the only coworking art studio space in the city.  Funds generated from events held in the Gallery Space supplement and keep the cost of the working spaces at an affordable price for both emerging and professional artists.  Other businesses located within the building are: Bully’s Studios  Uptown Dawg  Urban Environmental Clearly Plumbing as well as Planet Lazer and Bullpen Baseball & Softball School.

Thank you to everyone for your support and the concern that has been expressed about the current situation. We hope you enjoy reading about the fascinating history of the 100 Braid St building.

Reminder: 100 Braid St Pop Up Market Tomorrow

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100 Braid St Winter Pop Up Market 2015

You are invited to the 100 Braid St Grand Opening Winter Art & Craft Market
Saturday, December 5, 2015
10:00am – 5:00pm

Showcasing the work of over 20 artists & artisans
Original Fine Art & Craft
Talk to our Artists about their art and processes
Kids Art Table
Adult Colouring Table
Refreshments & Complimentary Hot Apple Cider

The New Westminster Youth Ambassadors will selling:
Krispy Kreme Donuts



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Join us for Northern Lights Paint & Sip Night on Saturday, December 12. Teacher Naomi Topuzoglu will walk you through this stunning painting in just a short time & you’ll have a masterpiece to take home or give away as a gift. Evening includes two glasses of wine or one bottle of craft beer and appetizers. We also provide coffee, tea and as a special treat we’ll also have Hot Apple Cider and cookies. Reduced rates for friends or couples who attend together!  Book on our Camps & Classes Page.

UFO Takeover Dec 10 2015
For our December 10 UFO & WIPs night, 100 Braid St knitting teacher Brenda Hatch and Crochet & Counted Cross Stitch teacher, Carla Thompson will be on hand for an evening around the fireplace! They’re ready to help you with any projects that you’re trying to get finished off & need help with, or they’re around to just chat about about creating. Artist & owner Susan L. Greig will also be on hand doing some collage work & since we have a huge number of craft paints, papers and other donated materials you are welcome to come, sit, craft and create along with her. It’s a great time to hang out with old friend, meet new friends, share refreshments and get stuff done in the company of other makers. $2 donation fee goes to purchase materials for Artism-art classes for children, youth and adults with Autism & special needs. Register on our camps & classes page or drop-in and bring a toonie.


Are you looking for a way to inspire your team creatively? Need to get out of the office and get to know one another better? Our former winery warehouse with its 13 ft ceilings, huge windows and 16 working artists studios is a creatively inspiring space. It allows you to loosen up and bond with co-workers in a unique way.
Creating art in various forms can be intimidating but it’s very rewarding to work through fears and come out the other side with a masterpiece – or a group masterpiece. We love to see how anxiety turns to pride in a few short hours. Painting on canvas, glass & ceramics is very therapeutic and it exposes a whole different side to people’s personalities.
Events are generally 3 hours long; at the half way point we break, walk around and look at each others work & a tour of the artists working studios is provided. There’s also time for food and drink and camaraderie is strengthened!
We normally schedule team bonding events Tuesday-Fridays but evenings and some Saturdays are also available. For more information check out our website: under the Book a Party header on our website.

Please come! Dec 5 Arts & Crafts Pop Up Market

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100 Braid St Winter Pop Up Market 2015

Winter Arts & Crafts Pop-Up Market
We’re throwing open the doors of the Studio & it’s your opportunity to tour the space, talk to artists and enjoy the atmosphere.  We have also invited selected artisans and craftspersons to join us to enhance your shopping experience.

Original Fine Art & Craft from over 20 Artists, Artisans and Craftspersons
Talk to our Artists about their art and processes
Learn about Artism-our new program for children & adults with special needs

100 Braid St Artists:
Judy Villett
Judith Copland
Gillian Wright
Mardell Ramptom
Terra Varey
Victoria Klassen
Fiona Tang
Rachael Hatala – Laughing Sparrow Jewelry
Susan L. Greig
John Salterio
Omanie Elias
Ross Haduk – Eklection Lighting
Karen Justice – Just Look Photography
Tony Durke

100 Braid St Teachers
Cliff Blank – Dogma Portraits & Art
Carla Thompson – Sweets Curio Crochet
Naomi Topuzoglu – Art Dreams
SD Jackson

And Guests
Valda Bardell Sock Monkeys
Bayoush Mengesha Jewelry
Andy & Sandy Signs
and more.

We’ll have coffee, tea, hot apple cider and cookies; you’re welcome to pull up a chair to the fireside a stay a while.

What are my transport options getting to the event?
Address:  200-100 Braid St   New Westminster, BC  V3L 3P4
Intersection:  Between Braid and Brunetter and Braid and Rousseau St.

By Car:  The studios are conveniently located just off of Hwy 1 on Braid St between Rousseau and Brunette.  Parking is available in the front of the building and additional parking is available in the back of the building.

By Skytrain:
Millenium Line: Braid St Station.
100 Braid St Studios is about a three minute walk across the street from the Braid St Skytrain station.  The station Walking Route from Braid Station to 100 Braid Stis the major interchange with skytrain for many Coquitlam and New Westminster bus routes.

By Bus:
Many Coquitlam and New Westminster bus routes meet at the Braid Station interchange and then it’s just a short walk to the Studios.

Parking is limited in the front of the building so if you can’t find a spot, please feel free to drop off passengers at the front door and then go around the building and park in the second parking lot just past the Planet Lazer Tag parking area and in front of Uptown Dog.  It’s a quick walk around to the front as we don’t have a back entrance.

How can I contact the organizer with questions?

Contact:  Susan Greig
Email: 100braidststudios@gmail.com
Phone: 778-886-5391
Open to the Public:
Sunday & Monday – closed
Tuesday – by appointment only
Wednesday – Friday:  1:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday 1:00pm-6:00pm (please call first as we may have a private event running)