Last chance to be part of the Tour Guide!

Portland Open Studio Tour Goers use our Tour Guide to find artists to visit, but it’s also how they find places to eat or shop during or after the tour and how they discover which organizations support local arts.

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It’s your last chance to have your business be one of these advertisers. Today is the deadline.

You don’t want to buy a full ad? A premium pin drop will show your retail location on the maps that are included in the full color Tour Guide and the map in our mobile apps.

The cost is reasonable. $500 for the full page ad, $250 for a half page, $125 for a quarter page. $25 or $50 for a pin drop. Visit our site to purchase an ad, a pin drop, or become a sponsor:

Become a sponsor of Portland Open Studios

Portland Open Studios is a not-for-profit public benefit corporation. We are able to put together this great event with fees from participating artists, sales of Tour Guides and the support and donations of sponsors.

The $2500 Education Sponsorship allows PDXOS to provide students throughout Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties (~60 high schools and ~10 colleges with art programs) access to a free version of our popular PDXOS mobile app. The sponsorship defrays the cost of developing the app, communicating to schools, and the potential revenue lost by giving away the app.

In exchange for their Sponsorship, the Sponsor receives a full page ad on an inside cover page, logo placement in the rear cover of the Tour Guide, on the rack card and any other promotional material printed for this year, on the website (with a link to the sponsor’s website), and logo placement in both versions of our mobile app (with a link to the sponsor’s website). Additionally the Education Sponsor can receive 20 Tour Guides to give away to employees, affiliates, or as part of a promotion.

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Visit our site to purchase an ad or become a sponsor: If you want your donation to support another program you can specify that in the Purpose field. For example, you might want to contribute to our scholarship fund or you might want to contribute to printing the tour guide. If you are curious about our operating costs or additional ways in which you can support Portland Open Studios, please contact

Paul Rutz 'What isn't staged'

Gallery @ the Jupiter Hotel Presents “What Isn’t Staged”, A Study of Compelling Illusions by Artist Paul Rutz. On Display August 2nd to October 4th, 2016; First Friday Reception August 5th.


PORTLAND, Oregon – From August 2nd to October 4th, 2016, Gallery @ the Jupiter Hotel will feature the works of local Portland artist Paul Rutz. The installation, “What Isn’t Staged,” highlights Rutz’ ability to combine influences from ancient art history to make intricately detailed paintings about the pleasures of contemporary life. The First Friday Eastside art walk artist opening reception will be held on Friday, August 5th, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Paul X. Rutz received his Ph.D. in Theory and Cultural Studies from Purdue University in 2011 after writing a dissertation on combat art and the Iraq war. That year Rutz took his portrait painting practice to Portland, OR, where he develops life-size oil paintings working almost exclusively with live models. For every picture in the show, Paul has choreographed every body and prop in his studio, sketched them, repositioned them and started over.

“I make up rules for myself. For the paintings hanging here, I measured every body part and every plate or spoon at exactly life size, so to some extent all these pictures communicate what it’s like to be there sizing up the subject,” says Rutz. “That’s why I carved through panels in some of these pictures, setting real shadows against trompe l’oeil shadows. It’s a chance to indulge in some echo of the 3-D parallax we see when we walk past things.”

Paul’s past exhibitions include solo shows at both Portland and Clatsop Community Colleges and group shows at Mark Woolley Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution. His series of dual-media portraits of combat veterans, titled Between Here and There, has traveled to galleries in Portland, Vashon Island, WA, and the Oregon Military Museum. Rutz also writes about visual culture, with publications in the Huffington Post, Modern Fiction StudiesCincinnati Review and others.


Art is Soul plus Intent

Shared by Ruth Armitage

‘What is art? Art is Soul plus Intent.

What is soul? Soul is inner certainty.

What is Intent? Intent is outer certainty, a plan.

If I can make an artwork that has as much as possible of both, then I might make something interesting.’ – Felicia van Bork


“Meanderings” ©Ruth Armitage Watercolor & Acrylic on paper 22×30″

What do you think? Is the above quote a good definition of art? For me, it comes close to summarizing the balancing act that making art entails. My inner certainty, my soul, is expressed by creating outer certainty – a plan. How they interact, or combine results in a work of art.

Progressing through a plan in the creative process can be tricky, because one still has to keep the soul of the matter in mind. I’d be interested to hear how you perceive the creative process. Leave me a comment, or stop by the show this Sunday so we can chat in person!

You’re Invited!

Join me and 15 of my good art friends this Sunday, June 26, from 11:30 – 2:00 for the opening reception of Splash!

First Presbyterian Church, 1200 SW Alder Street, Portland, OR. Free parking underground; enter on 12th.

Participating artists: (click names for links to websites)

Chasing Paper

PDXOS artist Poppy Dully has two artists books in this special juried exhibit

Special Exhibit

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

June 24, 25, 26
Friday and Saturday 10-9
Sunday 10-5

Lakewood Center for the Arts
368 S. State Street Lake Oswego, OR



Advertising deadline

There’s only a day left to purchase ad space in Portland Open Studios’ 2016 Tour Guide.
This publication goes on sale through our website and local retailers such as New Seasons in late August. It acts as a two person ticket to the Portland Open Studios tour which happens the second and third weekend of October. Typically tour goers save this guide and it becomes a conversation piece on the coffee table, where your message is seen again.
Do you own a business in the tri-county area? Perhaps a coffee shop, cafe or other retail shop? Your ad would appear in the section of the tour guide that corresponds to artists in your neighborhood. Our research (questions presented to tour goers themselves) indicates that more than 60% of our patrons stop for a meal, a drink, or to go shopping.
The cost is reasonable. $500 for full page ad, $250 for half page, $125 for quarter page. We had 1500 guides distributed last year. Visit our site to purchase an ad or become a sponsor:

The Tour Guide is being assembled for printing!

Time is running out! There’s only a week left to purchase ad space in Portland Open Studios’ 2016 Tour Guide.

Do you own your own business? Do you want to advertise in a publication that reaches buyers while they’re in your neighborhood? Do you want to support a local 501c3 Portland pillar of the community? Then buy an ad in the 2016 Portland Open Studios Tour Guide!

The cost is reasonable. $500 for a full page ad, $250 for half page, $125 for quarter page. Visit our site to purchase an ad or become a sponsor:

Exciting news!!!!

Pulse Gallery is hosting a Portland Open Studios Preview Show for the artists in Community 11, which includes part of Northwest Portland and Sylvan Hills. This Preview Show will feature art and artists from these areas to talk with you about their art process and the Portland Open Studios Tour on the 2nd & 3rd weekend in October. All art, prints, jewelry, ceramics by the artists will be for sale at Pulse Art Gallery.

What: Preview Show, CAG #11

When: First Thursday, July 7

Where: Pulse Gallery, 328 NW Broadway. Suite 117.

Everett Station Lofts, Portland

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Lake O Art Festival and more from Diane Russell

Hello Everyone,

I am pleased to be participating in the Lake Oswego Art Festival again this year! June 24-26 at George Rogers Park, 611 S. State St. in Lake Oswego. My booth is #G11, right across from the music stage. I will be working on a new drawing during the show, so come by and visit! More information at

Also this month, check out my interview in Oregon Jewish Life magazine! The article by Deborah Moon includes her photo of me with my portraits of my mom and daughter… three generations! See the finished portrait of my mom on my website:

Plus… if you are traveling and haven’t seen my exhibit at PDX, there is one more month to do so! Concourse E through July 15!

Diane Russell

Fine Art Portraits