This year’s free Country Roads Artists and Artisans Tour open studio tour is set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 9 through 11.

The annual tour encompasses 21 artists’ and artisans’ studios in Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Warren, Appleton 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 2011 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; Chris McLarty and Debra Thuss, 111 Washington St., Camden; Laura Freeman’s Clay Spirits, 174 Mt. Pleasant St., Rockport; Nancy Button’s Fireside Pottery, 1478 Camden Road/Route 90, Warren; Stephen Florimbi’s Florimbi Studios, 132 Union St., Rockport; Richard Remsen’s The Foundry, 531 Park St., West Rockport; Linda Norton Studio, 109 Bay View St., Camden; Linda Lewis and Sasha Laurita’s Lulu Designs, 198 Beauchamp Point Road, Rockport; 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; Michael and Petra Remsen’s Remsen Studios, 324 West St./Route 90, Rockport; Richard and Lynette Robertson’s Rockport Pottery, 140 Vinal St.; 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; Stephen Gleasner’s studio, 2455 Appleton Ridge Road, Appleton; Tillman Crane Gallery, 22 Pearl St., Camden; Simon van der Ven Studios, 257 Main St., Lincolnville; and Richard Dunham’s Wood & Light, 136 Magog Road, Appleton.

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

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