The Wesserunsett Arts Council is hosting its seventh annual Open Studio Tour on Saturday in galleries, barns, storefronts — even a mural high atop the back of a building in downtown Skowhegan.

The tour, which is free, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at more than 20 locations in Mercer, Canaan, Skowhegan, Anson, Solon and Wellington.

The idea of the open tour is to have people meet and visit with local artists and experience the connection each artist has with her or his rural Maine setting. Visitors could see the artists and where they live and work.

Saturday’s art travelers can enjoy the fall foliage of rural Maine while exploring art including oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, landscapes, abstract images, still life, furniture, photography, felting, pottery and sculpture. Work will be for sale and refreshments offered at all studios.

The South Solon Meeting House also will be available for tours Saturday. Built in 1842, the meeting house has its original podium, pews, choir loft, windows and steeple and is on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1950s, a community-building project covered the walls and ceiling in frescoes.

The idea of the tour was developed seven years ago when woodworker Michael Hoy, of Solon, and local artists Abby Shahn and Lolly Phoenix tried to find a way to bring people to the arts rather than take art to the people.


There is a map of the tour and a list of locations on the arts council website.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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