Portland Open Studios Tour: 100 Locations Around Metro Portland + Win Guide

We have TWO guides to the Portland Open Studios Tour. Each guide comes with two adult tickets. To Win Guide/Tickets, comment on this post why you would like to attend. Winners will be drawn & emailed Friday, October 8 @ 3PM.

From our partners at Portland Open Studios
Portland Open Studios Tour This Weekend: 100 Locations Around Metro PortlandPORTLAND OPEN STUDIOS
Watch artists at Work
October 9, 10  &  16, 17
10 am  – 5 pm
100 locations all around Metro Portland
$15 for 2 adults, children free, app for i-phone also available

CONTACT: www.portlandopenstudios.com

WHAT & WHERE: annual self-directed tour of 100 artists' studios.
Now with a special honor from Mayor Sam Adams, Portland Open Studios continues to offer a unique and exciting form of educational entertainment: watching artists at work in their studio environment.

All across metro Portland in an annual tour of studios, visitors can watch molten glass or fine porcelain stretch into a vessel, interact with installation art, imagine a landscape moments before it becomes paint, experiment with encaustic wax, see threads weave into fabric, and much more. Art lovers of all ages and walks of life can discover new materials, learn about ancient techniques, and share the wonders of creativity with friends and family.  This year we have forged a partnership with the Children's Healing Arts Project, a therapy location for children in crisis.  Have you always been curious about what moves an artist to work in the way that they do?  Let the artists of Portland Open Studios indulge your curiosity.

The $15 Tour Guide comes with 2 tickets, maps, directions to the studios, and pictures of artworks to help you decide where to go.  It is also a 2011 wall calendar, organized by neighborhood that is a useful memento of the event. Children under 18 are free.  A whole family can have 4 days of entertainment and learning for only $15.  Available from participating artists, at Art Media, New Seasons, and other stores listed on www.portlandopenstudios.com.

Use the Tour Guide to find the artists that you want to visit; then drive, bike, walk or bus to the studios.

New this year, all the studios are open both weekends. This allows for maximum flexibility for the public to visit artists.

Every year, Portland Open Studios awards two artists under thirty the Kimberly Gales Scholarship to participate in Portland Open Studios.  This year we are pleased to support Elisabeth Walden, a printmaker.  Her subtle aquatint prints reflect a close awareness of the gallery spaces in which she has spent some significant time.  By drawing attention to the way that the gallery's internal light and form directs the viewer's gaze, she creates an intimate print for the intellect.

Alexandra Becker-Black also pays close attention to light in her drawings of the human form.  The sense of movement seems to come from her own body onto the paper, a symbiotic relationship that is graceful and light-hearted.  The viewer gets the idea that the artist and the subject both were dancing, and paused just long enough for the moment to be captured in a drawing instead.

This year, many artists are strongly influenced by the city's architecture: scholarship winner Elisabeth Walden, Katherine Mead, Doug Richardson, Christopher Mooney and Michael Fisher.  The figure asserts itself in the ceramics of Amy Maule, Sara Swink, Pam Grow, Babette Harvey, Diane Guzman, and Careen Stoll.  Half of these ladies are in West Linn, by coincidence.  Also by chance, there are no less than five glass artists in the St Johns area.  Photography ranges from the traditional to the stop-motion fluid dynamics captured by Martin Waugh.  Politics influences Allen Schmertzler, Sabina Haque and Sarah Farahat who just tried to return to Gaza.  Mary Bennett sends letters to strangers, and Thomas Hughes makes delightful boxes for miniature treasures.  Amelia Opie and Liv Rainey-Smith cultivate the otherness, while Chris Haberman and Jesse Reno play the punk rock.

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17 Responses to Portland Open Studios Tour: 100 Locations Around Metro Portland + Win Guide

  1. Lesley October 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    I’ve lived here for three years and have never had the chance to go. This year I’m free! (Well, for the second weekend!)
    I’m a fan of many of the artists participating and I would love a chance to talk to them and see how they work.

  2. Erin October 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    I’m an art teacher who can’t take field trips ($$) but would love to bring the colorful Portland field to my classroom. I want my students to experience the great variety of what’s happening a short distance away.

  3. Jennie Baker October 7, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    I love this idea! It’s so rare that I have time to do something like this. I would be delighted to meet the artists and learn more about them, see the processes and tools they use. What a cool opportunity.

  4. Michelle October 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

    I’m art challenged.

  5. Danièle October 7, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    Why would i like to win two tickets to the Week End Artists Tour? because it would be Kool and Kind….and i’d love to go!

  6. Heather October 7, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

    My daughter and I will be coming up from Eugene to see the phenomenal artists in Portland! Free tickets would help to offset the cost of gas! :) I sketch, paint, sculpt, etc. in a studio of my own. I am eager to see how, and where, other artists work – especially encaustic artists, as I have been exploring that medium lately!

  7. Shannon October 7, 2010 at 8:31 pm #

    After moving more than 3,000 miles here to get a degree in Art Therapy, I would love the chance to see the best of Portland art community. Also, my daughter and I love being around the atmosphere. College and family stress the finances, so the free tickets would allow me to definitely put this on our calendar. Plus I could take one of my equally poor college buddies with me, since my daughter would be free :)

  8. free October 7, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    well shoot-i went and missed 1st thursday just when i could really use some art. will you please open some studios for me?

    • patty winter October 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

      There are so few events for 19 year old interested artist and his mom.

  9. Sandra C. October 8, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    My boyfriend was a successful artist for 20 years. Took a break, restarted his career, but his studio slid into the 84 and now he mourns his lost space. No better way for him to resurrect than to see other working studios. Okay so actually he would hate seeing what he does not have, but I still want to check it out.

  10. Andrea October 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    As somewhat of a crafty monster, I love viewing art of any kind. I’m very affected by it, and I love seeing all sorts of types and pieces. I think the creative process is amazing to watch and incredibly inspiring. I would love to win these tickets and be inspired by some of Portland’s amazing artists!

  11. Lora October 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    Because Art Saves Lives!

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