Annual Midcoast Maine Arts & Artisans Tour Set for September 12-14 Weekend
Again this year, a group of talented Midcoast artists and artisans will be welcoming visitors to their workplaces during a special weekend-long tour, to be held September 12, 13, and 14. The studios—located in Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Hope, Appleton, and Warren—will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days.
“We look forward to this all year,” says Avi Good of Michael Good Gallery, who coordinates the event for the group. “It’s such a pleasure to see the people who come by and to chat with them about what we make and how we do it.”
The Midcoast Maine Arts & Artisans Tour has become a popular tradition as it offers a chance to see studios that are not normally open to the public, shop for beautiful handmade art, and meet its creators. It also provides a convenient opportunity for visitors to discuss any custom pieces they might have in mind. Tour-goers are also encouraged to enjoy a lunch being offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day as a fundraiser for Partners for Enrichment.
Work by the participating artists and artisans includes fine art, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and pieces created in wood, metal, glass, and mixed media.
Copies of a tour guide-map are available in advance 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). Visitors can also pick up a copy during the weekend at any of the studios, which will be marked by pink banners. Complete information on all of the artists can be found on the group’s website: www.artisanstour.org.
Participating artists and artisans are as follows. Camden: Brookside Studio (Kathy Ocariz), Enamels by Stell, Chris McLarty and Debra Thuss, and Mountain Side Arts League. Rockport: Silvery Moon Studios (Jay Hoagland), FairCape Woodworks (Clive and Odette Brown), The Maine Beehive (Antje Roitzsch and Lori Lacey), Michael Good Studio (with guest Mimi Steadman), Rockport Pottery, and Stephen Florimbi. Lincolnville: Arts @ The Center (Randy Fein and Paul Kluger). Hope: Benjamin Leavitt Metalwork Inc. and Chris Pinchbeck. Appleton: Stephen Gleasner and Wood & Light Woodturning (Richard Dunham). Warren: Stemwinder Sculpture Garden (Jay Sawyer).