Open Studios

Don’t have the space or equipment to work on your art? Took a class and want to further develop your practice in the medium? Want to work alongside other artists in our community? Don’t let your creativity become dormant; come and enjoy our open studio hours!

There are 4 Community Studios at Waterfall Arts in Belfast: Printmaking, Ceramics, Darkroom Photography, and the Bridge Studio for Youth & Family Outreach programs.

In addition to serving classes and workshops, the Printmaking, Ceramics, and Darkroom Photography studios all have open studio hours for community use. These studios are well furnished and staffed facilities for artists to drop-in and work independently on their own projects.  In addition to providing workspace and tools, the studios provide a forum for sharing ideas, developing techniques, and experimentation, as well as an opportunity for building community.  Artists working in all disciplines are welcome and are encouraged to get involved. We often feature work created in our studios in curated exhibitions in the Clifford Gallery, Corridor Gallery, and other community venues.

Drop-In Rates: The studios at Waterfall Arts all have weekly open studio hours. Open studio fees are $15 per sessions. Sessions run in 3-hour segments. The Open Studio fee is the same for all or some of the 3-hour session. Open Studio hours are subject to change on a quarterly basis.  It is best to confirm hours before coming to the studio.  To check studio hours email us at info@waterfallarts or call us at 207-338-2222.  

Subscriptions:  Artists can apply to have 24/7 (other than class time) access to the studios at Waterfall Arts. Cost-saving subscription rates are available for $50/month plus a one time $50 refundable key deposit. Application approval and an orientation session are required.

Studio Orientations: Studio orientations include a comprehensive review of the studio space, equipment and available resources. Subscribers and those interested in drop-in during open studio hours are recommended to attend a monthly session. Monthly orientations are scheduled in all studios the 3rd Wednesday of the month 5:30-7:30. Registration required.  Check the Print, Ceramics, and Darkroom Photography pages for registration info.   

Heads up! Open studio times are monitored by skilled volunteers who are there to assist but not teach.  Thank you Waterfall Arts volunteers! If you don’t feel confident working self sufficiently in this space, consider taking one of our classes, or signing up for our monthly orientations (link to orientation registration form). Open Studio monitors may close the studio after the first hour if there are no participants. Registration is advised but not necessary