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
Watch artists at Work
WHEN: October 9, 10Ãƒâ€š &Ãƒâ€š 16, 17
TIME: 10 amÃƒâ€š – 5 pm
WHERE: 100 locations all around Metro Portland
TICKETS: $15 for 2 adults, children free, app for i-phone also available
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.Ãƒâ€š This year we have forged a partnership with the Children's Healing Arts Project, a therapy location for children in crisis.Ãƒâ€š Have you always been curious about what moves an artist to work in the way that they do?Ãƒâ€š Let the artists of Portland Open Studios indulge your curiosity.
The $15 Tour Guide comes with 2 tickets, maps, directions to the studios, andÃƒâ€š pictures of artworks to help you decide where to go.Ãƒâ€š It is also a 2011 wall calendar, organized by neighborhood that is a useful memento of the event. Children under 18 are free.Ãƒâ€š A whole family can have 4 days of entertainment and learning for only $15.Ãƒâ€š Available from participating artists, at Art Media, New Seasons, and other stores listed on www.portlandopenstudios.com.
TAKE THE TOUR
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.Ãƒâ€š This year we are pleased to support Elisabeth Walden, a printmaker.Ãƒâ€š Her subtle aquatint prints reflect a close awareness of the gallery spaces in which she has spent some significant time.Ãƒâ€š 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.Ãƒâ€š The sense of movement seems to come from her own body onto the paper, a symbiotic relationship that is graceful and light-hearted.Ãƒâ€š 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.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
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.Ãƒâ€š The figure asserts itself in the ceramics of Amy Maule, Sara Swink, Pam Grow, Babette Harvey, Diane Guzman, and Careen Stoll. Ãƒâ€š Half of these ladies are in West Linn, by coincidence.Ãƒâ€š Also by chance, there are no less than five glass artists in the St Johns area.Ãƒâ€š Photography ranges from the traditional to the stop-motion fluid dynamics captured by Martin Waugh.Ãƒâ€š Politics influences Allen Schmertzler, Sabina Haque and Sarah Farahat who just tried to return to Gaza.Ãƒâ€š Mary Bennett sends letters to strangers, and Thomas Hughes makes delightful boxes for miniature treasures.Ãƒâ€š Amelia Opie and Liv Rainey-Smith cultivate the otherness, while Chris Haberman and Jesse Reno play the punk rock.