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We have our jury!!

March 4, 2018

We’re so excited about the three individuals who agreed to judge the applicants for our 20th year Tour. As usual, our jury is comprised of a working artist, an art educator and a gallerist. Our art educator this year is Victor Maldonado, also a working interdisciplinary artist who creates conceptually driven multidisciplinary works. He is […] Read More


February 15, 2018

Are you an artist? Thinking about applying to Portland Open Studios, but have questions? Want to meet others in the art community? We are participating with two uber-cool galleries, Ori Gallery and Una Gallery, in the Feb. 26 Art Spark organized by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). The event is from 6-8 pm […] Read More

Meet the Board

February 15, 2018

Leah Kohlenberg, our President, is a professional, internationally known artist, educator and published author, but she is even more than that to our Board. She joined the board in 2016 and has been a force of nature ever since. Leah is a visionary who has exciting ideas for Portland Open Studios and the determination to […] Read More

A word from our President

February 15, 2018

What an exhilarating moment – Portland Open Studios turns 20! What started out as an idea to connect artists directly to the public in the basement of our founder, Portland artist Kitty Wallis, has morphed into an annual, educational, citywide art studio tour. Though it’s taken many forms over the years, for at least 15 […] Read More

December Newsletter

December 3, 2017

  BECOME A FRIEND OF PORTLAND OPEN STUDIOS DONATE TODAY For 19 years, Portland Open Studios has made it our mission to connect you, our friends, the public, with some of the best professional artists in town. This year, we reached out to more of you by offering a free app, PDXOS 2017, to find […] Read More

“That’s Two Artists That Said There is No Wrong Way!”

October 19, 2017

NOTE: Portland Open Studios President Kerri Hewett has new roommates: her friend Anna, and her two daughters, ages 9 and 13. While she’s done the tour many years, this is the first year she’s taken kids with her. Read her account below: Preparing for the tour this year I had my work cut out for […] Read More

Friday the 13th

October 13, 2017

Here we are, the day before the tour starts. Our artists are making sure they’re ready for your visits! Some last minute announcements:  Oregon Society of Artists, one of our supporters this year hosting two artists: #42 – Farooq Hassan and #43 – Susan Kuznitsky. Additional artist studios in the building are welcoming visitors – […] Read More

Introducing Artist No. 50 – Dane Eisenbart

October 10, 2017

Dane Eisenbart is new to the tour this year, and we’re excited to have him on board. He was born and raised in the surrounding forests of the Tualatin Mountains, where he could often be found drawing or exploring outside. It’s here that he developed a fascination with the natural world which continues to inspire […] Read More


October 9, 2017

So you want to experience Portland Open Studios over the next two weekends (Oct 14-15 and 21-22).  You’ve got a choice of 103 artists to visit over four days.  It doesn’t take a mathematician to see that planning for your tour might help. Start by picking up our tour guide:  You can download a free […] Read More