More than 100 artists will welcome the public to visit their studios during the 20th-annual Portland Open Studios tour taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 21. This is one of Portland's largest juried art events and some locations will have multiple artists participating.
The tour is self-guided and anyone can visit the artists during the tour dates and times. The complete tour guide is available in the October issue of Portland Monthly magazine. There is also an app to explore participating artists and navigate the tour. The tour offers participants an experience unlike a gallery or museum. Looking at finished artwork 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. Portland Open Studios seeks to pull back the curtain, showing the artist and exposing the process.
Several local artists are participating in Portland Open Studios including Sara Swink, Sally Squire, Brenda Boylan, Randall David Tipton and Lisa Wiser.
West Linn ceramic artist Sara Swink is opening the doors of her Clay Circle Studio to the public with a special preview from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. This is Swink's 13th consecutive year participating in POS. Her studio is located at 461 SW Alderwood Drive in West Linn.
Sally Squire, a mixed media artist who works in Swink's studio, will be joining the tour for her fifth year. The women will demonstrate their processes and explain how they develop the ideas for their art. Both artists will offer a range of works for sale, including decorative wall pieces, figurative sculpture and greeting cards.
For more information visit portlandopenstudios.com.