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 http://www.portlandopenstudios.com

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