The Collective kicks off summer with studio crawl -- Rockland to Hope to Camden

Get inside three artist's studios (and heads) in three hours

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 8:15am

    ROCKLAND — Ah, to live like an artist full time on the coast of Maine... what would that be like? On Saturday, June 15, at 1 p.m. artists, wannabe-artists and art appreciators alike will have the chance to see what goes on inside three studios by hopping aboard a chartered minicoach, sponsored by All Aboard Trolley. Departing from the Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland, The Collective's first studio crawl goes trundling as a group all over the lush countryside, from Hope to Camden and back to Rockland.

    The Collective, whose purpose exists to attract a younger, contemporary audience to the Farnsworth, has put this studio tour together after some brainstorming.

    "There has been a public interest in looking behind the scenes of what goes on in an artist's studio, so this is our first pass at it," said Kelly Finlay, the Farnsworth's education coordinator. "The artists we're visiting will give a little introduction to their process and show us around and we'll go from there."

    They will first visit Tim Higbee, a master printer in Hope who specializes in fine art lithography. Next, it's a visit to the Camden studio of plein air painter Colin Page, before ending up back in Rockland at the studio of painter Jessica Stammen. The artists will be on hand at each venue to introduce their space, their work and their process.

    This is the only studio crawl The Collective will be offering this summer, so go while you can.

    Register: Studio Crawl.
    Wyeth Center parking lot on Grace Street between Union and High streets.
    When: Saturday, June 15, 1 to 5 p.m.

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