This year’s free Country Roads Artists and Artisans Tour open studio tour, set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 10 through 12, is dedicated to the memory of founding member Carol Sebold. The public is invited to join the tribute by contributing to the Carol S. Sebold Fine Arts Scholarship at Camden National Bank.

The annual tour encompasses artists’ and artisans’ studios in Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Warren and Hope, showcasing the highly refined skills of local craft designers and artists. It includes a wide variety of work, some of which uses centuries-old techniques, while other work takes advantage of more modern processes. Media includes pottery, handmade books, paintings, jewelry, furniture and other creations in wood, fiber art, sculpture, metal pieces and art glass.

The tour gives visitors the exceptional opportunity to not only see and purchase the artists’ creations, but also to meet and chat with the artists themselves. While many of the studios are normally open only by appointment, they will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each of the three days of this special open studio weekend.

Free color brochures, which serve as year-round directories to the studios as well as guides for the tour weekend, can be downloaded at artisanstour.org. Each studio will be marked with a bright pink banner during tour days.

Country Road trippers are encouraged to enjoy a good meal for a good cause during the Open Studio Tour. Lunch will be served at the corner of routes 105 and 235 in Hope each day as a fundraiser for the Hope School.

Participants for 2010 are: Akvarell Studio, 17 Spear St., Rockport; Benjamin Leavitt Metalwork, Inc. 446 Camden Road, Hope; Kathy Ocariz’s Brookside Studio/Gallery, 246 Mountain St., Camden; Cellardoor Vineyard, 367 Youngtown Road, Lincolnville; Chris McLarty and Debra Thuss, 111 Washington St., Camden; Nancy Button’s Fireside Pottery, 1478 Camden Road/Route 90, Warren; Richard Remsen’s The Foundry, 531 Park St., West Rockport; Laurie V. Adams, 579 Belfast Road/Route 1, Camden; Linda Lewis, Linsey Hasenbank and Holly Hudley’s Lulu Designs, 198 Beauchamp Point Road, Rockport; Mary Jane Doubleday, 29 Hatchet Mountain Road, Hope; Michael Good Designs, 325 Commercial St./Route 1, Rockport; Peter Jones’ Mountain Street Pottery, 80 Mountain St., Camden; Randy Fein’s Mountain Studio, 403 Youngtown Road, Lincolnville; Remsen Studios, 324 West St./Route 90, Rockport; Richard and Lynette Robertson’s Rockport Pottery, 140 Vinal St.; Carol Sebold Studio, 21 Riverside Drive, Camden; Diane and Wally O’Brien’s Sleepy Hollow Rag Rugs, 217 Beach Road, Lincolnville; Jay Sawyer’s Stemwinder Sculpture Works and Gardens, 131 Camden Road/Route 90, Warren; and Simon van der Ven Studios, 257 Main St., Lincolnville.

For more information, call 236-9619 or visit the Web site.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.