Artist’s Questions Answered.

By Susan Gallacher-Turner

If you’ve been thinking about applying for Portland Open Studios, now’s the time. As a Portland Open Studios artist, you’ll be able to show your work and tell visitors about your process in your own studio. You’ll get the opportunity sell your work, build a mailing list, set up workshops and meet people interested in your art from all over the city and country.

As an artist, you probably have a few questions and anxieties about this yearly studio art tour and how it works, so here’s a quick Q&A to help you. If you have questions not answered here, let us know at

I live in the suburbs, can I apply?
Yes. If you live in Tigard, Beaverton, Aloha, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Tualatin.

How do I apply?
It’s easy. Go to the website at and click on Apply. The application is all online with easy instructions.

What’s the deadline?
March 15, 2010, but you get a discount on jury fee if you apply before March 8, 11pm.

Are there scholarships available?
Yes. The Kimberly Gales Emerging Artist Scholarship is awarded to one to two artists each year between the ages of 20 and 30 years. The details and how to apply are on the apply page.

How many images do I need and how do I upload them?
You’ll need 3 images. There’s step by step help for uploading images on the Apply page.

What if my studio is in my dining room?
That’s fine and it may even be more inspiring for your visitors. The idea is for visitors to watch artists at work. It doesn’t matter whether your studio is in your basement, garage, kitchen, dining room, den or attic. As long as it’s where you work, it works for us.

What do I have to do for visitors?
You show and tell them about your art. You could paint, draw, sculpt or throw clay. You could explain how you stretch canvas, glue your collage, do encaustic. It’s your studio and your chance to share what you do.

If I get in, when will I know?
You’ll get an email letter from us in late March or early April.

How much does it cost?
There’s a $25 non-refundable jury fee, if you apply before March 8th, after that the jury fee is $35. The participation fee is $140 plus 8 hours of volunteer service. If you opt out of volunteer service, there’s an additional $155 fee.

Are there volunteer requirements?
Yes. To get an event this size up and running, we all need to help and that’s where you come in. If you are juried into the Tour, you’ll be asked to help out in an area you choose for 8 hours over the course of 6 to 12 months. If you absolutely can’t spare 8 hours of your time, you can ‘opt out’ and pay an extra $155.

Can I talk to other artists to find out more?
You bet. Just email any of the artists or board members here,
we’d be happy to answer your questions. Or you could check out the 2009 artist list and see if there’s someone you know who’s already been part of Portland Open Studios.

Portland Open Studios artist Carole Zoom’s art selected as gift by the City of Portland to Sapporo, Japan

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