Artists to open studios for borderland tour

Posted Sept. 14, 2010, at 12:08 a.m.

The fourth annual Two Countries, One Bay Art Studio Tour will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 18-19, spanning the international border region of eastern Maine and southwestern New Brunswick. The studios of more than 50 of the region’s visual artists and craftspeople will be open to the public for free.

The self-guided tour encompasses Maine studios in Lubec, Eastport and Calais, as well as New Brunswick studios in St. George, St. Andrews, St. Stephen, Campobello Island and Deer Island. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk with artists and watch them demonstrate their techniques.

“Now in our fourth year with this international studio tour, we are looking forward to an even more successful event,” said tour organizer Michael Chesley Johnson in a prepared statement. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to visit artists in their studios and to get an insider’s glimpse of how art is done.”

The artists work with a wide range of media, from paint to stained glass, contemporary sculpture to traditional Passamaquoddy crafts.

As part of this year’s tour, the Tides Institute and Museum of Art will host the “Cross Border Artist Exchange” Sept. 18-22 at 43 Water St., Eastport. Participating artists are Hermenegilde Chiasson of New Brunswick, Charlie Hewitt of Maine, Christian Le Poul of Quebec, David Umholtz of New Brunswick and David Wolfe of Maine. A short documentary film of the artist exchange will be made by Hemmings House Pictures of Saint John, New Brunswick.

The tour is organized by the Tides Institute and Museum of Art-CulturePass of Eastport, with assistance from Kingsbrae Garden and Bertha Day of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and Roosevelt Campobello International Park and Michael Chesley Johnson of Campobello Island, New Brunswick. The event is funded by participating artists and sponsors, the Maine Arts Commission, New Brunswick Tourism and the Maine Office of Tourism.

For a complete listing of artists and tour maps, visit the Two Countries, One Bay website at www.twocountriesart.com. Maps are also available at Maine State Visitor Centers and New Brunswick Visitor Information Centres. For information, call the Tides Institute and Museum of Art at 853-4047 or e-mail jvalentine@tidesinstitute.org.

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