May 28, 2018
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Artist studio tour to highlight talent in border region

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff

EASTPORT, Maine — A free, self-guided studio tour is set for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20, in eastern Maine and New Brunswick.

It will include more than 45 American, Canadian and Passamaquoddy artist studios and cultural organizations.

“Two Countries, One Bay” is “an international art adventure not to be missed,” said Jude Valentine of the Tides Institute and Museum of Art in Eastport.

This is the third year the tour has been offered and is a unique opportunity to watch traditional and fine-arts demonstrations, inquire about the creative process and experience art in the artists’ studios.

“The Two Countries art tour was suggested by Michael Chesley Johnson of Campobello and is a project of the Tides Institute and Museum of Art with support from the institute, the Maine Art Commission and participating artists and sponsors,” Valentine said. “It grew from the cultural inventory CulturePass, that was begun in 2005.”

Valentine said, “We see this event as bringing attention to the incredible talent of artists, craftspeople and traditional artists of our international border region and an investment in cultural tourism. We have a solid following and have grown to feature cultural organizations as well as studio artists and craftspeople.”

Many of the artists will be working in their studios as well as providing demonstrations of all types of painting, sculpture, floor cloth painting, pottery making, felting, making collages, woodcarving, foundry work, woodworking, weaving, assemblage and stained glass.

Participating artists are in Calais, Robbinston, Lubec, Campobello Island, Deer Island, Eastport and the surrounding area, St. Stephen and St. Andrews, and the St. George and Blacks Harbour area in New Brunswick.

For information, go to or call the Tides Institute at 853-4047, or Bertha Day Gallery in New Brunswick at 506-529-8837.

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