Robinsons artist opens studio

Christopher Vaughan
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Eileen McKay is excited about the possibilities.

She’s worked at various projects in the four years since graduating from the visual arts program at College of the North Atlantic – and recently purchased a house in Robinsons that she’s converting into a studio and gallery.

“After graduation, I did pottery and some other courses, like stained glass and painting,” she said. “My goal all along was to own and operate my own studio.”

Located along the community’s main road, the house provides a place for Ms. McKay to display her finished artwork while developing new creative endeavours.

She’s planning on operating a clay workshop on the premises, as well as having space available for artists-in-residence.

Ms. McKay and fellow visual arts graduate Vivian Healey co-hosted the studio’s first exhibition in November.

“Vivian came out one day to see me and said we should have a show,” said Ms. McKay. “I said that was a great idea and we put it together in two weeks.”

Entitled “Mixed Expressions,” the show featured paintings, prints, jewelry by Ms. McKay and photos, paintings and prints by Ms. Healey.

“We just wanted to have a showing of our numerous talents,” said Ms. Healey.

Both ladies said the community has been very supportive and they look forward to more projects in the future.

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic

Geographic location: Robinsons

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