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Saturday, August 12th, 2017 -Studios and Galleries open 10am to 6pm

There’s much more than mosquitos in Maine north of Route 2. In the rolling hills and farmlands surrounding Skowhegan, Maine is one of the most unique opportunities to visit the amazing home studios of fabulous artists at over 20 Central Maine locations. It’s the 8th annual tour, hosted by Open Arts in association with The Wesserunsett Arts Council. The event is free of charge.

August 12th from 10am to 6pm. See wonderful works in abstract, classical, pastel, mural, folk, metal, wood, pottery, sculpture, hand dyes, quilting, photography and more. Combined with many spectacular summer gardens, it promises to be day of art and beauty that shows that the Central Maine art community is like no other.

Rural Open Studio 2017 artists: 

Smithfield, Mercer, Norridgewock, Anson

  • David Ellis’ Japanese-inspired pottery studio at the old Mercer Grange

  • Kevin James, lakeside setting, beautiful paintings, wood works, custom floor cloths, “objet trouve”

  • Steve and MaryAnn Anderson He: whimsical metal work, blacksmithing. She: intricate quilting and fine stitchery

  • Lynne Harwood and Faith Gilbert, country inspired folk art, quilting and stitchery

Solon and Wellington

  • Amanda Slamm and Mimosa Mack’s Sprig Woodwork, A cut above ordinary. One-of-a-kind handmade bread boards, spoons, tongs, and more.

  • Stu Silverstein’s never predictable abstracts

  • Bernie Beckman “reinvention of the figure” abstract paintings, wood-cut prints

  • South Solon Meetinghouse – spectacular frescoes in an historic and much beloved community building

Canaan & Palmyra

  • Heather Kerner’s  fiber arts, hand made and dyed wool felt and silks

  • Barbara Joseph  making the ordinary “extra-ordinary” via photography

  • Kathleen Perelka’s pastel paintings of Maine in Canaan

  • Doug Frati unique carvings giving new life to antique wood

Ripley & Hartland

  • Wally Warren’s  found object art whimsy, bright and bold, an unforgettable campus of color

  • Joe Kennedy’s plumbing parts, glass and metal blended, reinvented

  • Olena Babak – classical works and contemporary pleinair, award winning

  • Russ Cox, illustrator extraordinaire

Downtown Skowhegan artists & galleries:

  • Rama Crystal Brown’s Water Street studio creating “balance through chaos”

  • Central Maine Artist’s Gallery, River Roads Artisan’s Gallery and OpenStudio@14 Madison Avenue. Artists include C. Abbott Meader, Forrest Meader, Linda Swift, Mary Burr and more.

Don’t miss: The Skowhegan stretch of the Bernard Langlais Art Trail while you’re downtown.

Mobile tour map at

Printed maps at various locations in Skowhegan and Waterville including River Roads Artisan’s Gallery, Central Maine Artist’s Gallery and OpenStudio@14 Madison Avenue.

 (Please note: The artist studios are located in rural locations; your preferred online mapping systems may not be accurate.)

 For more information, message us or write or call 207-696-0857.

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