Open Art Studio Tour of 21 artists, 16 locations
10th Annual Open Studio Art Tour throughout Somerset County. Free. Visit one, visit some or visit them all.
In the rolling hills and farmlands of Somerset County, there’s a unique opportunity to visit the home studios of 21 fabulous artists in 16 locations. It's the 10th Annual Rural Open Studio Art Tour, hosted by Open Arts in association with the Wesserunsett Arts Council. This self-guided tour is free. Visit one, visit some or visit them all!
On Sat. Aug. 10 and Sun. Aug. 11 from 10 am to 5 pm, see original works in abstract, classical, mural, folk, metal, wood, pottery, sculpture, needlework, photography and even plumbing supplies. Combined with many spectacular summer gardens, it promises to be day of art and beauty that highlights our unique and vibrant Central Maine art community. Please note that some artists are only open on Saturday. The tour map and artist details, hours are at Wesserunsett Arts.
Please also note: These are rural locations; your GPS directions might wrongly involve ATV-only trails. Just don't.
Rural Open Studio 2019 artists Palmyra, Hartland and Ripley • Doug Frati’s unique carvings give new life to antique wood in Palmyra • Olena Babak’s classical oil paintings and contemporary pleinair in Hartland (Sat. only) • Wally Warren’s found-object whimsical art, bright and bold. An unforgettable campus of color in Ripley • Joe and Nellie Kennedy. Joe- plumbing parts reinvented with glass, steampunk; Nellie- photography with a different perspective. In Ripley (Sat. only)
Smithfield, Mercer, Norridgewock, Anson, Madison • Mary Burr’s recent oil paintings inspired by a visit to a dance studio in Mercer • David Ellis' Japanese-inspired pottery studio in the old Mercer Grange • Kevin James’ lakeside setting with beautiful paintings, wood works, custom floor cloths, "objet trouve" in Smithfield • Steve and MaryAnn Anderson, Vera Johnson. Steve- whimsical metal work, blacksmithing; MaryAnn- intricate quilting and fine stitchery; Vera- copper sculpture. In Norridgewock • Lynne Harwood’s hand framed paintings of rural life and seasons and Faith Gilbert’s decorative painting on chairs, lampshades and doors, in Anson • Rene Choiniere’s lilting pen and ink, watercolor paintings in Madison
Solon and Bingham • Abby Shahn and James Fangbone. Abby’s large abstract oil and tempera paintings; Fang’s quirky collages and shrines. In Solon (Sat. only) • Amanda Slamm and Mimosa Mack's Sprig Woodwork’s finely crafted breadboards, pizza paddles, spoons, bread knives and more in Solon (Sat. only) • Stu Silverstein’s recent paintings exploring rich textures of rust with bird imagery in Solon (Sat. only) • South Solon Meetinghouse - spectacular frescoes in a historic and much beloved community building • Susan Hellewell’s energetic acrylic calligraphic and landscape paintings in Bingham
Skowhegan artists & galleries • Bernie Beckman’s abstract paintings and linoleum prints at Central Maine Artist's Gallery, 72 Front St. Other work exhibited by Wally Warren, Joe Kennedy, Nellie Kennedy, Leon Gin and Mark Robichaud. • River Roads Artisan's Gallery (Sat. only) - a cooperatively run gallery of Maine artists and craftsmen - 10 year celebration raffle. 75 Water St. FMI www.WesArts.org/open-studio-tour/, email Openarts64@gmail.com or call 207-628-2361, 207-672-6517
10 to 5 pm