I find it hard to believe that my last posting here was in December. Life got very interesting for me around the end of October when I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and started a three-month medical leave. During my time off I realized that I needed to leave my job in healthcare and the work I have been doing as a patient & family advocate.
Near the end of December an idea for an inclusive art studio and gallery business that would encapsulate all aspects of my life took flight. Time I would have spent blogging over the past few months was used in doing research, writing a business plan, creating a new website, getting social media set up and meeting with artists and artisans who are interested in coming into the space. On March 1 I took possession of the second floor of 100 Braid St, a 1928 warehouse with 5,600 square feet in New Westminster. March 21 was my last official day of work at BC Children’s Hospital.
I have long been searching for a way to leave my job at the hospital and work in the arts. Through 100 Braid St Studios I will be able to do that. But there is more. One of the most exciting aspects of opening the studio is that I will be able to provide a workshop space to help keep Métis arts such as beading and weaving alive.
Here is information about the studios:
100 Braid St Studios is an inclusive working art studio for New Westminster and Lower Mainland artists that allows visitors to be inspired artistically and to learn from the artists practicing in the studio. Studio artists produce fine art & craft in the form of paintings, sculpture, fiber, jewellery making, photography, and mixed media.
As our philosophy is the expansion of the dialog around the ever-blurring boundaries and continuum of art to craft we provide three programs that foster creativity:
1. Painting or Craft workshops focus on the fun and social aspects of getting together in a group to produce art.
2. Fine art classes cover the basics of a number of painting techniques, colour theory and artistic exploration.
3. Cultural Workshops feature contemporary and traditional Métis crafts such as beading, and weaving.
We are not only inclusive of all types of art but we are inclusive in cultural diversity, language and ability. We provide workshops and classes in:
ASL (American Sign Language)
ESL (for new immigrant) certified instructor.
Adaptive format for adults and children with disabilities
The Studio also provides an alternative venue for corporate team building, private meetings and celebratory events.
I would be honoured if you would visit the new 100 Braid St Studios website, follow me there on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.
Please also pass on this information to any Métis artists who might be interested in being a part of the studio.
A future post will give more details on the help and financial assistance that I have received from the First Nations community in order to be able to reach my goal. I am certain the information will be very helpful for many Métis who have the entrepreneurial spirit and want to follow a path in making their dreams come true too.