Rock Bay artists open studios

This will be the first time neighbourhood artisans have opened their studios to each other and to the public

Artist Anne Heeney stands in her Rock Bay studio. Heeney is one of several artists opening their doors to the public for a Sept. 16 tour.

Artist Anne Heeney stands in her Rock Bay studio. Heeney is one of several artists opening their doors to the public for a Sept. 16 tour.

When artist Anne Heeney passes other artists in the hallways outside their communal Bridge Street studios she might say hello, but that’s about it.

She hopes an open house showcasing the artists in their studios on Friday (Sept. 16) will change that.

“I’m hoping it will help gel us as a community,” she says.

Heeney and 14 other artists in the building rent small studios – hers is 150 square feet – on three floors, places where they can create their work away from home. She has been painting in water-based acrylic and oil there for two years.

This will be the first time all the artisans and artists have opened their studios to each other and to the public. Furniture makers JoAnn Dionne and Andrew Charlton, jeweler Cory Judge, as well as a leather worker, writers, graphic artists and even a custom golf club fitter will be on hand.

The open house runs from 3 to 8 p.m. at Rock Bay Square, 2614 Bridge St. Refreshments may be available and the building has an elevator for visitors with mobility issues.