The arts help people cope in dark times so I am so delighted to announce that the arts and 100 Braid St are going virtual, bringing many of our events to the comfort of your own home! At least for the month of May.
Please watch our calendar for:
Paint Nights (& Days) – our well-known paint & sip events are being scheduled for both evenings and day times over the coming month. As a reminder these are not like the paint nights that have been popular in restaurants and bars. We provide professional fine art teachers and by attending our events you will learn a particular technique with each painting and can progress in your skill.
ON THE BRAID STAGE: Music Open Mic Nights – we are moving from Monday night to FRIDAY nights every two weeks! Why? Because we can….and there are so many amazing musicians who are a part of the Studio and our programs and willing to share their talents during this time. We are delighted to showcase them in 8 minute slots from 7-10pm. Performers and attendees can register on Eventbrite. Supported by the Arts Council of New Westminster & Quayside Voices.
ON THE BRAID STAGE: Spoken Word Open Mic Nights – we are moving to one SATURDAY night once a month! 7-10pm. We have been delighted over the past year to provide space and events for all of the talented spoken word aists and performers locally. Now we are going Virtual. The format is similar to our other Open Mic Nights where each person receives an 8 minute time slot. Performers and attendees can register on Eventbrite. Supported by the Arts Council of New Westminster.
ON THE BRAID STAGE: Artist Talks – this program series is where owner & founder of the studio, Susan L. Greig, invites artists from a range of disciplines to talk about their journey in the creative process. They will share their work, influences, processes and how they navigate the art world. Each artist will provide a piece of original art that will go to one of the people in attendance at this virtual event! Supported by the Arts Council of New Westminster.
ON THE BRAID STAGE: Zumba with May Elford – along with using the arts to cope during this time, physical activity is imperative. Therefore we are delighted to be providing space for Zumba classes each Tuesday and Thursday at 5pm and Sundays at 9:15. May is the wife of one of our resident artists & we are delighted to offer her space. All of her events are by donation-and the monies support both her and the studio.
ON THE BRAID STAGE: Creative Entrepreneur Talks – this is a joint program with The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce and the Arts Council of New Westminster; You may remember it as a program called “Artovations”. We are changing it up and these talks will provide self development workshops for artists and creatives that focus on the business side of working in a creative field!
Virtual Fine Art Classes (for Adults) – this program will feature the many talented Braid St resident and local New Westminster artists. Classes will include: acrylic & oil painting, plein air painting, illustration, creativity, and more.
Virtual Paint Events for Youth & Kids – just like our fabulous Paint events for adults, our artists and teachers are feverishly working on developing paint events that will appeal to the younger generation! We hope to have these up and scheduled very soon! Again, like our adult paint events, our teachers will provide actual art instruction that is age appropriate in fun and inventive ways.
ON THE BRAID STAGE: Virtual Concerts
The gallery in studio is a large space and it is possible to provide social distancing for bands and/or groups that wish to perform. We are welcoming expression of interest.
If you have any other ideas for events that could appear ON THE BRAID STAGE and could be live streamed please let us know. We love our local community, our followers on social media and all of our friends around the world – we want to bring as much arts programming and connectivity through the arts as we possibly can to help all of us get through this.
We will be watching to see announcements from the Canadian and Provincial Governments about events and the number of people that may congregate. Currently it is set at six – so we are unable at this point to accomodate in person events. Once it goes to 8 or more then we can definitely do in person events.
I look forward to seeing you whether it is online or in person.
Susan L. Greig
100 Braid St Studios
New Westminster, BC
We are monitoring the situation with COVID-19 by paying close attention to the BC Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization (WHO) and following the guidelines from these agencies and local health departments in Canada.
In light of this we are asking for your partnership to help us to us mitigate any risk to you, our customers, artists and anyone who attend our location and events.
Please make sure you:
Our team and all artists here are under strict instructions to not come to work if they have any type of cold or flu-like symptoms or have a fever.
We have always used commercial cleaning solutions to disinfect the studios and we also have deep cleaning regularly for high traffic areas with industrial disinfectants. Since learning about CoVid-19 we have increased our frequency of disinfection throughout the day and are paying extra attention to high touch areas as an added precaution.
While the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with the virus as low, we recognize the situation can change on a moments notice and we continue to monitor it, remaining committed to providing you with up-to-date information as it becomes available.
Only a small number of confirmed cases have been detected in Canada. Learn about COVID-19 here: https://www.cdc.gov/
The signs and symptoms?
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
If you develop any of these symptoms and believe that you could have coronavirus or another infectious virus, please self isolate and contact your health care provider immediately.
Thank you so much.
Susan L. Greig
100 Braid St Studios
New Westminster, BC
After celebrating its five-year anniversary, founder Susan L. Greig reflects on her unlikely journey to the gallery.
By: Yelin Gemma Lee, Peak Associate
The Peak: SFU’s Indepenent Student Newspaper
On June 8, Susan L. Greig (Métis), the founder and owner of 100 Braid St. Studios, celebrated the gallery’s triumphant five-year anniversary. 100 Braid St. is a mixed gallery, studio, and private rental space. It is often used for special events — like First Saturday Open studios — where the public can see artists’ work and workspaces as well as host their own events.
The gallery boasts high ceilings, cascading natural light, and a renovated space… to read the rest of the article please click here.
Our main floor is currently home to 16 art studios but we are leveling up and taking over the 3rd floor of the building which will allow us to create an additional 28 new studios. We are taking expressions of interest.
STUDIO SPACES THAT WILL INSPIRE YOU
• Largest working art studio outside of Vancouver
• Light-filled private studios in secure 1929 Industrial heritage building
• Affordable art studio rental; starting at just $400 per month
• 24/7 access
• Easy access to Hwy 1 & across from Braid Skytrain Station
• Free Parking
• Prominent social media, website, newsletters, etc
• Venue for New Westminster Cultural Crawl and First Saturday Open Studios
• Host your own pop up show in the Gallery
• Resident Vocal Group
• Resident Performance Artist
• Proximity to Opus Coquitlam, Place des Arts and Anvil Centre
• Growing Reputation within the Community and Lower Mainland Art Scene
• Your very own 100 Braid St Studios Webpage
• A public welcome to you on our Social Media Channels
• Regular promotion of your art during the year on our Social Media Channels
• Listings in our Newsletter 1-5 times a year
• Listings on our blog 1-5 times a year
• Access to our Private Mighty Network
• Coaching Consultation with owner Susan L. Greig each year for your career
• Inclusion and discounts for Studio Sponsored Events
• Inclusion and discounts for Business and Marketing Events
• Discounts for gallery rental
• Discounts for Pop Up art show
• Monthly artists meetings and socials
HOW TO APPLY
Please fill out the information on our webpage here and we will contact you with 7-14 business days. In the additional notes section please feel free to list your goals for the next 1-5 years or any other information you would like us to know.
Our digital home has been given an aesthetic makeover and the back-end updated to make future endeavors possible.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a question that is not answered on our site.