The Midcoast Maine Arts & Artisans Tour, formerly the autumn Country Roads Artists & Artisans Tour, has re-invented itself this year.

“We’ve got a new name, a new logo and, most importantly, we’ve moved our open-studio weekend to mid July,” said tour coordinator Avi Good.

This year’s self-guided, open-studio tour will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 26, 27 and 28, and includes artists’ and artisans’ studios in Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Hope, Union and Warren. Featured will be fine art and creations in ceramics, wood, textiles, sculpture, jewelry, metalwork and mixed media.

Now in its 13th successful year, the group has changed its name to make it clear the studios are “right here in the heart of the beautiful Midcoast,” said Good. Brainstorming about other ways to be even better, they decided to move the tour weekend from September to July to make it convenient for even more people to enjoy.

The tour gives visitors the exceptional opportunity to meet and chat with the artists in their workspaces while admiring and purchasing their work. The 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 this year 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 Good at Michael Good Gallery (594-2580). Complete information is also online at

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or