The Artists of Studio Seventy-Three

The Artists of Studio Seventy-Three

Surrey Through My Lens” proudly shares authentic photo essays that showcase what it is really like to live in and visit our community from a range of perspectives. The artists of  Studio Seventy-Three, lead a not-for-profit studio and gallery located in Surrey and supported by the Community Living Society.  You can visit (and shop at)  Studio Seventy Three at 112 – 7320 137 Street in the neighbourhood of Newton. 

Tell us a bit about yourself. What is your personal connection with Surrey? ​

Studio Seventy-Three is a not-for-profit studio and gallery located in Surrey and is supported by the Community Living Society. It is home to a group of 13 artists who work with glass to create beautiful art. The studio started in a workshop on 73rd Avenue in Clayton, where folks dabbled in several artistic mediums before moving forward with glass fusion. We have been happy to call Newton home for the last nine years and the artists and studio team members are already planning for our 10th anniversary open house, which will be held in October 2025 in conjunction with Community Inclusion Month.”

What does Studio Seventy-Three look like through your lens? ​

“The shop is packed with colour! Passersby will often stop to take in the glittering display as the glass catches the light shining through the windows onto and through the artwork. Looking around the shop, bursts of colour pop off the walls. In addition to glass, the studio also showcases artwork from 20 fabulous community artists. Fused-glass takes centre stage, but the paintings, prints, gem trees, apparel, and cards make Studio Seventy-Three a community hub for local artists.”

From the Discover Surrey Team:

Looking for a unique Made in Surrey gift idea? Explore a sample of locally-made items in the gift guide and browse everything from full fused-glass pieces to take-home kits in the Studio Seventy-Three store

What is something that helped make Studio Seventy-Three a reality?​

“In October 2014, Studio Seventy-Three held an open house to commemorate Community Inclusion Month. At the time, the program was a day support program, and the artists shared their dream of relocating to a space that was more accessible and inviting to the community. Parliamentary Secretary for Accessibility Linda Larson was in attendance. Hearing this, she connected the Community Living Society with the City of Surrey. Tracy Kalaw, Arts Sector lead, was working together with Newton Business Improvement Association and Value Property Group to look at ways to occupy vacant retail/office space for non-profit associations at an affordable rate. Linda McCabe (Property Manager) and Value Property Group accepted a proposal allowing us to lease this beautiful, accessible, and affordable retail space in the heart of Newton.

From the Discover Surrey Team:

Feeling artsy? Not far from Studio Seventy-Three, you’ll find the Surrey Art Gallery. Engage with contemporary art through changing exhibitions, permanent artworks, and events like talks, tours, and artmaking days at Surrey Art Gallery.

Studio Seventy-Three is a unique piece of Surrey’s mosaic. How does your community influence what you do?​

“Within the first year of opening a shop in Surrey, we decided to provide opportunities for other artists to showcase their artwork as well. Recognizing the diverse community that makes up Surrey, a conscious effort is made to feature artists representing many cultures, nationalities, and identities. Studio Seventy-Three has been supported by so many in Surrey that we wanted to give back. Some ways we have been able to do this are by adopting a street, providing care packages to those in need, and donating to local businesses supporting Surrey and its residents.”

From the Discover Surrey Team:

Connections with Surrey’s arts and culture community are everywhere in the city. A great example is the North Surrey Public Art Walk. This 60-minute, self-guided stroll showcases a range of artistic styles and mediums and the artwork touches on themes of history, multiculturalism, transformation, and community.

What is something people may not know about Studio Seventy-Three?

“The artists bring an array of artistic experiences and have been creating glass art for anywhere from one to ten years. The pieces are hand-crafted and then fused and formed using a kiln. Fused glass is made by placing different colours of glass together and fusing them using high heat (up to 1500°F). The fused pieces can be left flat or put back in the kiln to be moulded.

For anyone who wants to try out this fun and beautiful medium, Studio Seventy-Three offers flexible glass classes at the studio, mobile courses, and take-home glass kits. This allows people to explore the beauty of fused glass art however suits them best: large classes, small classes, or in the comfort of their homes. You can also find Studio Seventy-Three artwork at local businesses and art markets, or you can request a custom order.

And we’re excited to share that we are now open on Saturdays again for the first time since COVID!” 

Lastly, what inspires you to share Your Surrey through the work of art you create?​

“Belonging and feeling part of the community is our biggest inspiration to do what we do. Firstly, the artists enjoy creating and designing their art pieces; it feels good and it is a lot of fun. Secondly, they enjoy meeting new people and showcasing their work. This offers a sense of pride, increased confidence and independence, and a feeling of validation.”

Building Community

Studio Seventy-Three is proud to put the spotlight on the Youth Arts Council of Surrey. In addition to providing excellent opportunities for youth to engage with art of all kinds, they are great supporters of the community! 

Check out the Other Lenses on Surrey​

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