Want to get your hands dirty during Portland Open Studios?

Here are a few artists who plan to have something for you to do if you visit their studios: You can go to our website to learn more about the artists and get your Guide to Local Artists.

Shannon Carlson has some great fun in store for you if you visit her studio this October. “I’m hoping I can get our visitors to pick up a paintbrush and take part in making their own marks on my work. I have always loved collaborative art and responding to the ideas of others. This will, hopefully, make the stop more memorable for visitors and give me a start on my next painting.”

If you visit Bob Heath in his studio during the PDXOS tour, you can look forward to a fun, hands-on activity. ”We have on hand some basic glassware, including simple water glasses, wine glasses and beer glasses. For a small fee, visitors can choose a glass then decorate it with vinyl stickers made with a wide variety of punches that we have on hand. Then they can take their glass to the sandblast cabinet and frost everything that isn’t covered by a sticker. After that the stickers can be removed to reveal a permanent design in the glass.

Once or twice a day during the Tour, Alexandria Levin will present a mini-workshop in drawing, composition and/or creativity, which she will announce on her website in early October at www.alexalev.com.

Poppy Dully will set up a work table in the center of her studio for use by her visitors. “I provide instructions on simple books to construct and lots of materials to make these books unique and personalized. The guests can take their books home – all ages enjoy this participatory activity.”

Winifred Martinson plans to have a children’s station for watercolor painting, so bring the family.

Maude May promises “Everyone who visits my studio (aka dining room) will be able to make their own encaustic collage. To me, simply demonstrating my process isn’t as impactful as giving visitors the opportunity to work with wax and experience the joys (and sometime frustrations) of this age old medium. By making a small work my visitors not only get to create but also appreciate the time, effort and skill needed to make art on a daily basis.”

Quire has some fun planned. ”I will … have a box made out of ropes that visitors can pose inside for possible use as source images for some of the pieces in my new series.”

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