On Saturday, Aug. 9, four Pearl Street artists will open their studios to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Painters Ingrid Ellison, Mike Rich and Bill Pettee; and photographer Tillman Crane will be on hand to open their doors and share their work.

Ellison (13 Pearl) builds her oil and acrylic paintings in layers, drawing her imagery both from the elements of nature and the microscopic world. Her work will include framed pieces, as well as prints and small works on paper.

Rich (16 Pearl) has worked with the encaustic process since 1999. His process mixes the encaustic process with photography, film and gold leaf. He does individual pieces, as well as installations.

Pettee (72 Pearl) works in pastels, capturing the light in New England’s places, climate and time-honored traditions. Although a few steps further up the street, his gallery is well worth the visit.

Crane (22 Pearl) will host an open studio both Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 and 10, doing platinum printing demonstrations throughout the weekend. In addition to the 70 new pieces of work, there will be book and print specials available.

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