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Portland Open Studios artist Ann Munson had this to say about her experience:

“Thanks to the creativity and persistence of our publicity chairperson, Bonnie Meltzer, and the talent of special writer to the Oregonian, Sarah Smith, the THREE PAGE COLOR FEATURE article in the thursday homes and gardens worked its magic. A bazillion people came to my studio despite the weather. The majority volunteered that they came because of the article and that it was worth the trip. Doesn’t get better than that!” — Ann Munson

Below, collage by Ann Munson.

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To see more of Ann’s work, please visit her web site at


“The weekend was a success…exhilarating and exhausting! I had a great time meeting people and talking about my art—never have I stood and talked continuously for so many hours at once. Lots of good feedback and validation for the work I’ve been doing and direction my art is taking.

I was initially concerned about ‘so many strangers’ coming through the house, but logistically it worked just fine. Because my buddies and family were helping at the front of the house, I could concentrate on talking with people back in my studio. Otherwise, I couldn’t have done it.

The main advice I’d give new applicants is that if their studio is in their house, to give some thought to traffic flow, security issues, etc., before making the Portland Open Studios commitment.”

beneath the surface #3

Above, Beneath the Surface #3, by Nikki Dilbeck.

Portland Open Studios artist Connie Whelan left us a few words of her take on the Portland Open Studios tour before she jetted off to Indonesia for her next underwater photography trip.

While many artists found it hard to sell the Portland Open Studios tour guides, Connie wrote:

The calendar/tour guide is so well done that I found people were impressed that I was part of such an event. I actually had sales before the events due to these promotional pieces.

And although Connie was exhausted after a weekend of 230+ visitors, she found the experience energizing, and was thrilled that there were many children among her visitors. Two of the children had chosen Connie as an artist to visit with their families during the event.

To see more of Connie’s work, visit her web site at

Below, Gold Tunicates – Solomon Islands, 2005, by Connie Whelan.

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Gretchin Lair, a repeat Portland Open Studios visitor and a creative advocate, has this to say about Portland Open Studios:

“I look forward to the Portland Open Studios tour all year long. It’s hugely inspiring to be exposed to such a wide range of arts while driving exuberantly around Portland trying to fit them all in! And as a fellow creative, I love discovering how other artists have arranged their homes, their studios & their lives around making art.”

Gretchin Lair
Creative Advocate at Scarlet Star Studios

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