Free Midcoast Maine Arts & Artisans Studio Tour Set for July 26-28 Weekend
“The artists and artisans tour has reinvented itself this summer,” declares tour coordinator Avi Good. “We’ve got a new name, a new logo. . . and most importantly, we’ve moved our open-studio weekend to mid July!”
This year’s self-guided, open-studio tour will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 26, 27, and 28. Including artists’ and artisans’ studios in Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Hope, Union, and Warren, it will feature fine art and creations in ceramics, wood, textiles, sculpture, jewelry, metalwork, and mixed media.
Now in its 13th successful year, the group—formerly called Country Roads Artists and Artisans—has changed its name to Midcoast Arts and Artisans. “We wanted to make it clear that we’re right here in the heart of the beautiful Midcoast,” Good explains. “When we brainstormed about other ways to be even better,” she continues, “we decided to move the open-studio tour weekend from September to July. We think it will make it convenient for even more people to come see us.”
The tour gives visitors the exceptional opportunity to meet and chat with the artists in their workspaces while admiring and purchasing their work. The tour’s daily hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. make it especially easy for people to visit the studios, as many of them are normally only open by appointment.
Participating artists are: Benjamin Leavitt (metalwork), Bev Wainer (sculpture and paintings) Chris McLarty and Debra Thuss (polymer jewelry and sculpture), Kathy Ocariz (fused glass, jewelry, ceramics, and more), Richard Remsen (hand-blown glass and bronze sculptures), Michael Good (fine jewelry), Hanako Nakazato (pottery), Randy Fein (pottery), Richard and Lynette Robertson (pottery), Jay Hoagland (sculpture), Diane and Wally O’Brien (rag rugs), Jay Sawyer (sculpture), and Simon van der Ven (porcelain and stoneware).
Rack cards listing the locations and details of all the studios are available at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce (offices in Camden and Rockland), from participating artists, or by calling Avi at Michael Good Gallery ((594-2580). Complete information is also on the group’s website: www.artisanstour.org.