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21st annual Portland Open Studios runs Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20 all around the Portland metro area

COURTESY PHOTOS - Lake Oswego artist Beth Yazhari said pieces like this — titled Guardians of a Sacred Spot — are inspired by discarded doilies and remnants of embroidered fabrics.

Art enthusiasts take note: One of the most anticipated art events in the Portland metro area will take place this month.

Now in its 21st year, Portland Open Studios offers art patrons an opportunity to step into more than 100 artists' studios and meet the artists. Visitors can watch art demonstrations and even attempt different art processes in neighborhoods as far south as West Linn, as far west in Beaverton, as far north as St. Johns and as far east as Gresham. And the big bonus: The tour is free.

Portland Open Studios was developed with a vision to become an essential component of the Portland art community by providing unique experiences that showcase an inclusive and diverse artistic community. Through the experience the artists hope to engage with visitors as educators and light a passion around art within the patron.

A free map featuring the locations and contact information for the 177 studios is available at local libraries, post offices and at every artist's studio on the day of the event. Visitors can also access an online tour guide with artist addresses, directions and samples of their work at portlandopenstudios.com.

Visitors are welcome to stop in at any of the studios between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20.

Lake Oswegos Holly Monroe specializes in calligraphy and says she works to feed the soul by making meaningful words beautiful.

Local artists participating include:

Lake Oswego: Beth Yazhari (mixed media), Lisa Wiser (landscape painting), Jani Hoberg (etchings), Christopher Mooney (large scale paintings), Lily Crowder (paintings), Susan Greenbaum (abstract paintings) and Holly Monroe (calligraphy).

West Linn: Marcia Jeglum (paintings), Debby Radakovich (found object sculpture)

Tualatin: Marta Farris (metal sculpture), Steve Farris (photography)

Tigard: Kit Carlson (abstract painting)

Multnomah Village: Dianne Jean Erickson (mixed media painting)

"Holly Monroe is a third generation calligrapher who will be participating this year in Mountain Park," said Lisa Wiser, who served as a community leader the for 2019 Portland Open Studios. "One of the West Linn artists, Debby Radakovich, gives all her profits to charity, and Jani Hoberg is a prominent Northwest printmaker with quite a following.

The artists

explain their work

Beth Yazhari: "Discarded doilies and remnants of embroidered fabrics are a source of inspiration to me; by rescuing them and recycling them into my beaded paintings, I hope to honor and collaborate with the creative spirit of generations of women who have gone before me, whose handiwork has often been ignored because it was not created to be displayed in a gallery."

Lisa Wiser: "I am attracted to subjects that express nature with a nod towards human activity. ... Currently my compositions are driven by moody light and unusual weather effects I observe in the field."

Jani Hoberg: "My images are from nature walks, vacations and bakeries. My intaglio etchings rely on direct observation, drawings and watercolors. I draw into/onto the copper plate, print the image and burnish unwanted lines, add lines, add textures and print again. I am concerned with line quality, and balance of composition. This visual record of decision making and surprise findings is what I enjoy about this process."

Christopher Mooney: "I have established a niche in the art community as a painter of contemporary realism. A significant body of my work focuses on Oregon's bridges and diverse architectural styles that use an interesting mix of materials, framing and textures."

Lily Crowder: "In my landscapes I love capturing the minimalism of wide open spaces dotted with weathered barns, structures and old trees that seem to each tell its own narrative. ... I find great joy in calm loose brushwork balanced with bold textured pallet knife marks."

Susan Greenbaum: "My work is intuitive and leans toward the abstract — sometimes representational, but always free-spirited and colorful. My basic philosophy with the work is first to play and then bring order to the chaos in a manner that gives me the joy of finding new combinations, textures or images."

Holly Monroe: "My mission is to feed the soul by making meaningful words beautiful. ... My specialties are originals on fine art papers, handmade papers, paste papers (colorful) and genuine calfskin. Watercolor and gouache, 23K gold leaf and palladium, pastels are some of the mediums I use."

Marcia Jeglum: "For several years now I have been painting large recycled wood porch pillars. I am the only person I know of that does this. They can be used indoors, architecturally or as yard art. They are truly unique."

Debby Radakovich: "I am a hybrid artist, working both mixed media and assemblage art. My art is transformative. I take overlooked animal forms and am inspired to create new and unique compositions. I give my pieces personality. They are fun, whimsical and unique."

Marta Farris: "I make colorful whimsical art from recycled materials. I am inspired by folk art from around the world. ... My materials have a story of what they once were, like a tractor, harvester or a truck."

Steve Farris: "My background is in boat building where I learned to conceive and create the flowing lines of seagoing vessels as well as the construction methods I still use in my art."

Kit Carlson: Carlson says she openly grapples with her perceptions in hopes to broaden those of others. She aims to connect dots where they do not seem to exist by upending the confluence of themes. The themes she naturally gravitates toward include transformation, space and perception.

Dianne Jean Erickson: "Each day working in my studio I start not knowing what image will emerge. I allow myself the freedom of indecisions, improvisations and impulsiveness in my work, and that leads to exciting discoveries."

Learn about the other 100 artists and view examples of their art online at portlandopenstudios.com.

In keeping with the organization's educational mission, Portland Open Studios offers an educational internship program to high school and college students and funds the Kimberly Gales Scholarship for Emerging Artists, available to artists between the ages of 20 and 30.

West Linns Debby Radakovich thinks of herself as a hybrid artist creating pieces like this.


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