Portland Open Studios offers a unique and inspiring way of experiencing the creative process: interacting with local artists at work within the context of their studios. Visit with any of our artists throughout the metro area on the second and third weekends in October from 10 am to 5 pm.
To discover where artists are at work in your neighborhood, pick up a Tour Guide. The Tour Guide, which serves as your ticket and all-access pass to the event, is available in three formats: a full-color limited edition Tour Guide Calendar with foldout map for $20; an iPhone app for $9.99; and a Map Only Ticket for $5.00.
Tour Guides are available now through participating artists and online. Tour Guides will be available at retailers in early September, including all New Seasons locations and local independent art stores Muse, Collage, I’ve Been Framed, and Columbia Art Supplies.
Once you have your map, look for the yellow and black arrows that point to the individual studios. First-time visitors may want to orient themselves at a Gateway Studio, labeled on the map. Then bus, bike, drive, walk, skip or ride your skateboard to any of the other studios in any order at any time during the tour hours. Get inspired!
Artists are likely to have work available for purchase. Most artists accept cash and personal checks, and some also accept credit cards. Portland Open Studios does not charge a commission; 100% of the sales price goes to participating artists.
We encourage school groups, but some artists’ workspaces can not accommodate the large number of visitors. Please call ahead to be sure that your visit can be accommodated.
Visiting an artist’s studio is a unique opportunity to view a highly personal workspace. But be aware it may contain hazardous materials and specialized tools, so please be careful and always ask before touching something or taking photographs. Children should be supervised at all times. Please be advised that many studios do not provide public restrooms.