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Celebrate local art on First Thursday, March 4th when Mayor Sam Adams will honor Portland Open Studios with a Proclamation and unveil the organization’s 10th Anniversary Purchase Prize gift to the City of Portland. The 10 x 10 Show (all art 10 inches or less, in all media) features artworks by over 80 artists in the 2009 Portland Open Studios tour.

Click on the thumbnail to see the official document!

The event is free and open to the public. Artwork is for sale with 20% going to the Kimberly Gales Scholarship fund for young artists. Enjoy music, refreshments, and this rare opportunity to see an array of art by Portland Open Studios’ artists.

For a decade, local artists have created opportunities in experiential education by opening their doors to the curious public and sharing their working methods. Portland Open Studios is a unique and mutually beneficial exchange of excitement and learning about art.

Portland Open Studios is being recognized and honored by the City of Portland because of its commitment to provide art education to all members of our community, adults and children alike, and for its dedicated support of local working artists.

Visitors on the tour constantly encounter treasured and unique educational opportunities. For example in 2007, Justine Avera visited the studio of that year’s scholarship winner Jennifer Mercede with her family. Justine wrote later that Anne was so moved by the experience that when the family got home, she and her daughter painted together for hours, and that those paintings in turn became the basis of Justine’s new artwork.

Portland Open Studios has been a springboard for many of its artist’s careers.  It seeks to incorporate a wide variety of voices and media, thereby representing a cross-section of the visual arts in Portland.  It fosters growth of all participating artists through workshops and encourages emerging artists to participate by offering the Kimberly Gales Scholarship.  This scholarship is available to applicants between the ages of twenty and thirty, waives the tour’s membership fee, and pays a $100 stipend.  Recipients’ work is highlighted in the Tour Guide, providing exposure for the young artists.

In 2009, for the tenth year anniversary, an exciting mentorship program was introduced, connecting art students in the public high schools with participating artists. Over twenty artists on the tour mentored forty-five students, giving them an inside view of their studio and business practice.  These young apprentices may become the future creative capital of Portland.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors: Storyteller Wine Co, Full Sail Brewing Co, and Artemis Foods, Inc

Join us to celebrate a decade of accomplishments in the local Portland arts community on March 4th at a Portland City Hall ceremony and exhibition. Refreshments generously provided by Storyteller Wine, Full Sail Brewing Co, and Artemis Foods.  Music entertainment includes Jim Boydston, Daryl Davis, and Steve Remington of Manzanita.
All past, present and future Portland Open Studios‘ artists and supporters are encouraged to attend.

If you wish to RSVP or invite others, you can do so via Facebook


By Susan Gallacher-Turner

If you’ve been thinking about applying for Portland Open Studios, now’s the time. As a Portland Open Studios artist, you’ll be able to show your work and tell visitors about your process in your own studio. You’ll get the opportunity sell your work, build a mailing list, set up workshops and meet people interested in your art from all over the city and country.

As an artist, you probably have a few questions and anxieties about this yearly studio art tour and how it works, so here’s a quick Q&A to help you. If you have questions not answered here, let us know at

I live in the suburbs, can I apply?
Yes. If you live in Tigard, Beaverton, Aloha, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Tualatin.

How do I apply?
It’s easy. Go to the website at and click on Apply. The application is all online with easy instructions.

What’s the deadline?
March 15, 2010, but you get a discount on jury fee if you apply before March 8, 11pm.

Are there scholarships available?
Yes. The Kimberly Gales Emerging Artist Scholarship is awarded to one to two artists each year between the ages of 20 and 30 years. The details and how to apply are on the apply page.

How many images do I need and how do I upload them?
You’ll need 3 images. There’s step by step help for uploading images on the Apply page.

What if my studio is in my dining room?
That’s fine and it may even be more inspiring for your visitors. The idea is for visitors to watch artists at work. It doesn’t matter whether your studio is in your basement, garage, kitchen, dining room, den or attic. As long as it’s where you work, it works for us.

What do I have to do for visitors?
You show and tell them about your art. You could paint, draw, sculpt or throw clay. You could explain how you stretch canvas, glue your collage, do encaustic. It’s your studio and your chance to share what you do.

If I get in, when will I know?
You’ll get an email letter from us in late March or early April.

How much does it cost?
There’s a $25 non-refundable jury fee, if you apply before March 8th, after that the jury fee is $35. The participation fee is $140 plus 8 hours of volunteer service. If you opt out of volunteer service, there’s an additional $155 fee.

Are there volunteer requirements?
Yes. To get an event this size up and running, we all need to help and that’s where you come in. If you are juried into the Tour, you’ll be asked to help out in an area you choose for 8 hours over the course of 6 to 12 months. If you absolutely can’t spare 8 hours of your time, you can ‘opt out’ and pay an extra $155.

Can I talk to other artists to find out more?
You bet. Just email any of the artists or board members here,
we’d be happy to answer your questions. Or you could check out the 2009 artist list and see if there’s someone you know who’s already been part of Portland Open Studios.

Portland Open Studios artist Carole Zoom’s art selected as gift by the City of Portland to Sapporo, Japan

Portland Open Studios artist, Helen Hiebert was awarded a 2010 Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant. With this grant, Helen will produce a suite of six handmade paper and string drawings in an edition of ten which are based on images of knots. Each collection of six drawings will be housed in a clamshell box commissioned by a well-known box maker and letterpress printer, Sandy Tilcock of Lone Goose Press in Eugene. One suite will be framed and exhibited along with other artwork by Helen at 23 Sandy Gallery in November 2010. In addition, Helen will conduct a free lecture, demonstration and papermaking workshop.

‘Double Knot’ by Helen Hiebert
The installation called the ‘Mother Tree’ is a life-size handmade paper dress created on site at the Portland Building from February to March. Day after day, the artist and a sewing circle will gather in the Portland Building and crochet more strands which will pile up on the floor, filling the area as a tree’s roots would fill the ground beneath it. The strands, as they cascade to the floor, will turn into roots symbolizing the mother as a provider and nurturer throughout human development. Helen’s installation is being created from now until March 2010 as part of the Portland Building’s Installation Space program funded by RACC.

‘Mother Tree’ by Helen Hiebert

Stop by and view the installation before the 10×10 City Hall show, Thursday, March 4th. The Portland Building, 1120 S.W. 5th Avenue is open until 6 pm weekdays.

By Susan Gallacher-Turner

Three shows featuring current and past Portland Open Studios artists are open this weekend. Just in time for Valentines Day, you can visit and select a work of art for your sweetheart.

Sculpture by Joni Mitchell

Showing at the new Amato’s Gallery in Beaverton are many past and present Portland Open Studios artists including Diane Ahrendt, Brenda Boylan, Chris Helton, Gretha Lindwood, Joni Mitchell, Michael Orwick, Joe Pogan and Donna Sanson.

Painting by Gretha Lindwood

Amato’s Gallery is opening in the heart of Beaverton just in time for Valentine’s Day. Featuring fine art from the Northwest in a wide variety of media including pastels, water color and oil paintings, glass, ceramics and sculpture in stone and metal, this new gallery is located inside Amato’s Floral, Wine and Gifts at 12320 SW 1st in Beaverton. The opening reception is Friday, February 12th from 5:30pm to 9pm.

Sculpture by Joe Pogan

Amato Gallery Opening – February 12th from 5:30-9:00pm
Featuring Diane Ahrendt, Brenda Boylan, Chris Helton, Gretha Lindwood, Joni Mitchell, Michael Orwick, Joe Pogan and Donna Sanson.
Amato Gallery
12320 SW 1st Street, Beaverton
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 10-5pm, Saturday 10-4pm

Also around town this weekend and throughout February are two other gallery shows featuring Portland Open Studios artists Sara Swink and Jill Torberson.

Sculpture by Sara Swink

The Heart of the Matter 2 through February 21st
Featuring Sara Swink and Jill Torberson
Guardino Gallery
2939 NE Alberta Street, Portland
Gallery hours: Tuesday 11-5pm, Wednesday-Saturday 11-6pm, Sunday 11-4pm

Erotica-Be My Naughty Valentine through February 27th
Featuring Sara Swink
Beet Gallery
1720 NW Lovejoy, Portland
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5:30pm

By Susan Gallacher-Turner

Pictured above: Tien-chu Loh, Sunny Smith, Jane Levy Campbell, Suzy Kitman

Sponsored by the Beaverton Arts Commission, the 28th Annual Visual Arts Showcase is an annual exhibition of Oregon art. Over 400 works were submitted for the show and out of the 114 selected fine art pieces, 14 are from past and present Portland Open Studios artists.

Featured in the show are paintings from Theresa Andreas-O’Leary, Jane Levy Campbell, Christine Helton, Suzy Kitman, Sunny Smith, Donald Griffith, Tien-chu Loh, and Tupper Malone. There are pastels by Brenda Boylan and Michael Fisher as well as a beautiful colored pencil by Berle Bledsoe. Also on exhibit are sculptural works by Susan Gallacher-Turner, Joni Mitchell and Cynthia Morgan.

Pictured above: Brenda Boylan, Susan Gallacher-Turner, Christine Helton, Cynthia Morgan, Tupper Malone, Joni Mitchell

The Showcase runs from February 7-20 at the Beaverton City Library in meetings rooms A & B, Monday-Thursday 10-9, Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5.

By Susan Gallacher-Turner

As an artist on the Portland Open Studios Tour, you’ll show and sell your work in your own studio, connect with other artists and share your creative process with art lovers in the community. These are just a few of the many opportunities for you by participating in Portland Open Studios yearly art studio tour.

Your artwork will be published in 3,500 full color Tour Guides and on the website with a link to your site. Your name and contact information will be available to media, curators and art buyers all year long in the Tour Guide catalog and 16 month calendar. You can also use the Portland Open Studios blog to promote your own shows and events for a full year. You’ll get 5 free Tour Guides, studio signs and postcards as well as learn marketing and demonstration information to help you make the most of your experience.

Last year, Portland Open Studio Tour artists, Carole Zoom and Andy Paiko, had work chosen by the City of Portland as gifts to Sapporo, Japan. Some artists had visits from Oregon Art Beat host, K.C. Cowan. Many artists had articles highlighting their work and studios in many local papers, received invitations to exhibitions, lead workshops and other opportunities.

There are scholarship opportunities for artists 20-30 years of age. The Kimberly Gales Emerging Artist Scholarship recipient will have all fees waived and receive a $100 stipend.

Portland Open Studios Tour is open to artists in all media in the Portland Metro area and suburbs including Tigard, Beaverton, Aloha, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, West Linn and Tualatin. Artists are chosen by a jury of three art professionals.

The application is open now until March 15th. If you apply early, the jury fee is $25 and $35 from March 9 through the 15th. The participation fee is $140 plus 8 hours of volunteer service or you can choose not to do volunteer hours for an additional $155 fee.

The dates for this year’s tour are October 9, 10 and 16, 17. All participating artists will be open from 10 am to 5 pm both weekends, giving you twice the opportunity to show your work. Apply today online at

Portland Open Studios Homepage

Learn more about the Open Studios weekends, where to purchase tour guides, see images of each artist's work, find links to artists' web sites, and much more at Portland Open Studios.


Listen to interviews with Portland Open Studios artists (and more) at Mike Turner's website.


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