Ice Crystal Painting

PDXOS artist Ruth Armitage is sharing one of her many ideas for creating her wonderful paintings.  Ice Crystal Painting  This is one of the many things that excite me about attending Portland Open Studios and getting to know the artists we meet there on an individual basis.  What a great idea!!

Welcome to our 19th year!

Thank You to our visitors, artists, and supporters!

As our year ends we celebrate the 106 artists that invited the public to become immersed in the creative process and learn about the expression of art. I visited studios across the city last October joining hundreds of patrons watching live demonstration of the creative process, Continue reading

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The Portland Open Studios Board spent so much time last weekend discussing where we’ve been and where we want to go in the Portland art scene, and made so many decisions, that it might take us a little time to convey it all to you. What follows are some of the changes we made, but it’s certainly not all. The chart shows the basic fees charged artists from 2010 to the present. As you can see, we haven’t kept up with rising prices at all, but we still want to make the tour affordable to as many artists as possible.

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Participation 250 150 150 150 150 150 150 140
Jury/ Application Starting Fee 30 25 25 25 25 25 25 25
Jury/ Application Final Week Fee 40 35 35 35 35 35 35 35
Opt Out 0 175 175 175 175 175 175 155

We are raising the entry fee and eliminating the opt out fee.  We are also eliminating the required volunteer hours (while still offering it as an option to people who want it).  We did this because we unanimously agreed that most of our artists would volunteer whether or not they were required to do so. 

Just as important, we are offering so much more in benefits this year.  The meetings will be shorter and much more helpful.  For instance, we are bring in an expert on social media and how you can make it work for you.  We are eliminating the need for the artists to sell ads, which we know was a hardship on many.  We are planning much more in artist-involved shows to promote our artists.

 The gallery scene and art world in Portland is changing.  In order to stay relevant we need more funds and a more active community.  When we are stronger as a group we will have a larger impact on what changes occur, such as studio space, group shows, etc.  We need our artists to attend the meetings so they can be better informed, active, and part of the decision making process.

We welcome your comments. 

Exciting changes to Portland Open Studios

Hey artists! Your Portland Open Studio Board has been hard at work this weekend in Manzanita while all of you brave the snow in Portland to bring you a new and improved tour for Open Studios 2017. Here are some of the highlights:
• The Call to Artists opens on January 15, and closes early on March 3 (to give us all more time to plan for the event). The application fee this year is $30 before February 26 and $40 after that date. We’re asking that everyone submit four photos this year, with one photo being an ‘at work’ photo.
• We have eliminated the volunteer hours requirement. Instead, the entry fee will be raised to $250. Each artist will have the opportunity to volunteer 4 hours for a refund of $50. You will notice that this is not as much as you would have paid last year if you opted out of volunteering. Just because we’ve eliminated this requirement, please don’t think that we won’t welcome your offer to volunteer. As most of you know, it’s a lot of fun, and giving of yourself makes you feel much more a part of the PDXOS family.
• The Tour Guide will be produced much earlier, by mid-June, and artists will not be required to sell advertising (though you are welcome to buy an ad, or send a prospective advertiser our way).
• We’re going to raise the number of artist meetings: three general artist meetings and a Community Leader meeting (formerly CAG). General artist meetings are mandatory for us to consider you a Participating Artist. Feedback from the survey also said we need to meet sooner so the first artist meeting will happen right after the artists are announced in April. The second meeting will be in mid-June to deliver the tour guides and provide an educational component for your benefit. The third meeting is in September to have a party to kick off the event and distribute the signs. After a very positive experience last year, our Community Leaders will continue to have their own meeting prior to the first General Artist meeting in April.
We are working hard to incorporate your feedback and strengthen our timeline to support your efforts. Thank you so much for your interest in this premier art event!