Our 2018 Tour Will be October 13-14 and 20-21, 2018

10 am – 5 pm each day.

Over 100 artists welcome the public during the tour dates

Nearly 100 locations participating around the Portland Metro area.
Some locations will have multiple artists participating.

This is a self-guided tour:

Studios are open from 10 - 5 each day.

Anyone can visit the artists during the tour dates and times. It’s a great way to spend a day with your favorite art lovers – family, friends, classmates, students, other artists, or go solo.

Look for our yellow signs designating each artist with a number in their community.

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Use these tools to plan your Tour

Mobile Apps

Our 2018 Guide

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Free mobile website to navigate Click Here

Paid Mobile App ($4.99; both iPhone and Android)

Our brand new 2018 paid app includes images from the participating artists, uses your phone’s maps for the addresses and GPS to guide you, markers to show which artists you want to visit, your favorites, a notes section, and more.

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Our printed 2018 Guide to Local Artists features an overview map of Portland to find the artist studios you’d like to explore.

Our guide will be printed as an insert to the October issue of Portland Monthly Magazine. 

Get the apps here

Get the Guides here

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Why take the tour?

Our Mission: Experience Artists at Work

Art is awesome. The tour is an experience unlike any gallery or museum. It’s fun and provocative. The Tour is about visitors sharing the artists space, witnessing the creative process and asking questions, experiencing different kinds of creativity, engaging with new media, seeing the tools, and maybe even making something themselves.

Portland Open Studios provides an inspirational and educational platform for the public to experience creativity in the environment of the artist’s space. It’s not every day you get to talk to an artist about their work and their process, especially in the place where they are the most creative. We think that experience is pretty cool.

Looking at finished artwork (especially online or in a museum/gallery) it’s easy to think that art is magic. Remarkable art can seem to have appeared finished and never looked any other way than it does and as though no person made it. While this experience of artwork as other-worldly is valid and valuable, Portland Open Studios seeks to pull back the curtain, showing you the person, exposing the process. Artwork is remarkable because it was made by an interesting, fallible person who has a creative experience with their media and tools to make something from nothing.

Support our local artists!

All of the artists have paid for this opportunity to meet you.

Ask questions and feel free to engage artists in conversations about their work, process, and journey. Share your reactions to their artwork respectfully and honestly. Artists appreciate having conversations and receiving validation as well as providing inspiration.

Expect that the artist is selling the works they are displaying and they would love to find new collectors and patrons of their work. Many artists sell different products at varied price points making it easier to purchase prints or replicas. Some artists may be commissioned to create a personal work specifically for you, others may not. You should not feel pressured or obligated to buy anything from the artists.

Portland Open Studios does not take any commission from the artist’s sales. Each artist represents their own business and may accept cash, checks, credit cards, payment plans, or other negotiable terms. All artwork is priced by each artist, and sales are solely the responsibility of the artist.

What can I expect at a studio?

We define a studio as a place where someone makes art. It varies on the type of artist, their medium, and the space they have chosen. Please keep in mind that many art forms use various tools, chemicals, and industrial equipment. Artists are advised to maintain a safe space while demonstrating their creative work. As guests in their space, please make appropriate decisions regarding children, clothing and footwear, and your own safety.

Some artists are gregarious and ready to have conversations, others may be nervous. Some artist are hobbyists, some have additional day jobs, and some are full-time artists.

Some artists are exceedingly tidy with everything item in their studio labeled and others have a small path cleared in their stacks of clutter.

Some artists work in closet sized spaces and some in warehouse sized spaces. Some artists make art in their living room, their basement, their garage, etc and some artists have a dedicated art workspace in an apartment, office, or professional building.

How are the artist's chosen?

Every year about 200 artists apply to participate in Portland Open Studios. Our jury of three arts professionals changes each year. Jurors vote on their favorites based solely on images submitted by the artists. Jurors are not given the names of the artists, their experience level, or anything about them.

Because artists are chosen based on the scores from a different jury each year, the participating artists change each year. Some artists are just emerging and have little experience while others are in local businesses, publications, galleries, and museums.

Get a sense for what the tour is like with this short video from One Hundred Seconds:

*Please note that pricing is out-of-date – details are here and below. Video features Kindra Crick, Jesse Reno, and Jenn Gauer and Meghan Radick from the 2014 Tour.

Have additional questions? We’d love to hear from you:

Email Charlotte Cunningham, Administrator at admin@portlandopenstudios.com and she will answer your question or direct you to the person who can.

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