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Washington County artists open their personal spaces for tours on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20.

COURTESY PHOTO - Archaeologist and artist Virginia Parks will be showing off some of her encaustic paintings (painting using Occolored waxes) during this weekend's Washington County Open Studios Tour.What would it be like to peer into the life of an artist? Washington County Open Studios Tour is here to share what creative types in the area are producing.

In 2010, several artists gathered in a living room to plan an event. They wanted to bring the Washington County's community together through art. The Open Studios Tour, also a part of October's Hillsboro Arts Month, which was designed to highlight the arts and culture community of the city, has been running strong ever since.

Beaverton School District teacher Kimberly Ghaemmaghami is one of the artists featured on the tour. For her, art became a reality while balancing substitute teaching in a competitive job market, she said.

An artist for over 35 years, Ghaemmaghami said becoming involved with the Open Studios Tour two years ago motivated her to produce a body of work to show to the public.

"I've worked on many mediums, and I have a degree in sculpture. I make things with clay, and I have my own kiln," she said. "For this show, I needed a body of work, and that helped me focus."

Over the summer, Ghaemmaghami created 16 pieces to share at her studio, which is located in Tigard.

"This got my creativity going," Ghaemmaghami said. "For people who enjoy art as an activity to do, it is great because you can see so many kinds of different mediums portrayed in the show. The big thing I came away with is I was really unaware of any artists that are right in our community working among us."

More than 50 artists in Washington County will open their private studios to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 20. Admission is free.

All addresses can be found on the Washington County Open Studios Tour website, including an interactive map.

Participating artists


? Justin Becker, airbrushing, wood, etc.

? Michele Bufton, mixed media

? Peg Falconer, paper and ink

? Evelyn Fritz, mixed media

? Bob Heath, glass art

? Maria Huppi, painting

? Patti Isaacs, fabric

? Ana Quinn, sculpture

? Emma Weber, painting and photography


? Hailey Gibson, colored pencils and acrylics

? JoAnn Pari-Mueller, watercolor and calligraphy

? Marie-Helene Rake, metal


? Karen Doyle, landscape painting

? Linda Gerrard, glass

? Randy Goossen, ceramics

? Michael Orwick, painting

? Donna Sanson, impressionistic painting

? Carli Schultz, glass and jewelry

? Kandyse Whitney, paper art

? Florence St. Gallery and Studios, mix media

Forest Grove

? Pamela Dierickx, ceramics

? Anya Doll, fibers

? Kathie Ellis, watercolor

? Emily Miller, mixed media including baskets

? Margaret Pike, ceramics

? Jim Zaleski, mixed media


? Susan Curington, painting


? Catherine Bede, mixed media

? Alex Bell, jewelry

? Autumn Berliner, acrylics and mixed media

? Leopoldine 'Leo' Brew, painting

? Murray Carter, forging

? Martin Conley, sculpture

? Joyce Gabriel, letterpress and watercolor

? Lieta Gratteri, watercolor

? Linda Holland, watercolor

? Linda Jerome, oil painting

? Cindy Marsh, painting

? Christine Martell, printmaking, photography, embroidery

? Barbara Mason, printmaking

? Valerie Sjodin, journaling

? James Smith, oil and acrylic painting

? Marlys Violet Spencer, fashion design

? David Weber, pottery and watercolor

? Golden Road Art Studios

? Sequoia Gallery + Studios

King City

? Debbi Estes, collage


? David Castle, painting

? Patricia Gifford, mixed media

? Chris Goldthorpe, photography

? Merry Goldthorpe, felt and watercolor

? Gretha Lindwood, pastels

? Mike Mason, painting

? Annie Salness, illustration

? Victoria Shaw, sculpture

? Amy Stoner, woodwork

? The Village Gallery of Arts


? D.K. Boljat, acrylic

? Philip Lapp, wood


? Kimberly Ghaemmaghami, sculpture

? Theresa Hirschmann, wax

? Peter Irving, ceramics

? Virginia Parks, painting

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