Monster Drawing Rally on Friday The 13th

This Friday, July 13th from 6-9pm you can see many artists drawing, painting and mixed media–ing to help benefit the Portland Art Museum. The Monster Drawing Rally will be held between the buildings of the Portland Art Museum. Several Portland Open Studios artist will be drawing at the event including Jesse Reno, Melissa Monroe and David Friedman. Past PDXOS artists will also be drawing. All finished works will sell for $35.

Proceeds support free school and youth programs at the Museum.

Bring the Family!
Stop by the L’il Drawing Rally an area where kids and families are encouraged to sit down and draw. This year’s L’il Drawing Rally features a fun experimental figure drawing activity led by artist Kristin Musser.

Volunteer Opportunities for Artists

Hello artists!  Here are some Volunteer/demo/exhibit opportunities this summer for you all:

We need a handful of artists to display one small piece of artwork for our PDXOS sampling at the Artist and Craftsman North store Parking Lot party July 22, noon – 5:00. Contact before the end of May if you would like to put one small piece on the display grids. You would need to deliver your art to Sam’s house before the 22nd, and pick up there after the event, either at 5:00 or at Sam’s at a later date.

We need a couple of volunteers to promote PDXOS at the above event at Artist and Craftsman North store for one or two hour shifts. Greet people while Cindy Lommasson live paints and educate the public about PDXOS. Contact before the end of May if you can help.

I’m in the process of sending out group emails for the volunteer/demo jobs that artists signed for at the first artist meeting. Please shoot me back a quick reply when you receive it, so I know it has been received and you have seen it. Thank you!

One of the best ways you can help is by promoting our organization and the tour:

  • Use #portlandopenstudios #pdxos #artistsatwork #theportlandway
  • Put links to PDXOS newsletters and blogs in your newsletters and social media
  • Like our FB page and tag us when you have events to share
  • Follow us and comment on IG and Follow other PDXOS artists.

Thanks for all your help! We couldn’t do it without you!

Announcing Portland Open Studios 2018 Participating Artists

Portland Open Studios is pleased to announce the 2018 participating artists, in alphabetical order.  Welcome to the 20th year!!!

Nancy Abens
Dennis Anderson
Rachel Austin
Sherri Aytche
Don Bailey
Marcy Baker
Davey Barnwell
Paul Bartnik
Serena Barton
Dave Benz
Tanmaya Bingham
Don Bishop
Brenda Boylan
Charissa Brock
Rudi Broschofsky
Rio Butler
Erin Cadena
Kit Carlton
Betsy Chang
Shawn Demarest
Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley
Tess Donohoe
Craig Dorety
Poppy Dully
Shelly Durica-Laiche
Kowkie Durst
Austin Eddy
Linda Ethier
Jenn Feeney
Heather Fields
Tamae Frame
David Friedman
Beverly Gimlin
Jonathan Glowacki
Daniel Good
Jon Gottshall
Carol Greiwe
Dotty Hawthorne
William Hernandez
Sam Hingston
Wayne Jiang
Leah Kohlenberg
Joanie Krug
Susan Kuznitsky
Jeni Lee
Gretha Lindwood
Cindy Lommasson
Janie Lowe
Brianna Luce
Kelli MacConnell
Stacey Mairs
Ruby Maly
Chas Martin
Michele Maule
Maude Anne May
Dennis Meiners
Melissa Monroe
Lulu Moonwood Murakami
Thérèse Murdza
Tara Murino-Brault
Susan Murphy
Alison O’Donoghue
Larry Olson
Lisa Onstad
Gail Owen
William Park
Hilary Pfeifer
Kevin Poest
Robert Pond
Amy Ponteri
Joanne Radmilovich Kollman
Jesse Reno
Linda Robertson
Diane Russell
Paul Rutz
Linda Sawaya
Mike Schultz
PM Shore
Isabelle Soule
Michael Southern
Karen Spencer
Sally Squire
Amy Stoner
Sara Swink
Randall David Tipton
Jill Torberson
Amanda Triplett
Julian Voss-Andreae
Elise Wagner
Elisabeth Walden
Sarah Waldron
Nanette Wallace
Kitty Wallis
Rick Wheeler
Angela White-Wenger
Karen Wippich
Brian Wischer
Lisa M Wiser
Samyak Yamauchi
Russell Young

Community and Volunteerism

By Samyak Yamauchi
Volunteer Coordinator

Many aspects of the 2018 Portland Open Studios Tour will be different this year. Besides the new presentation of the tour guide, we will be looking at ‘Community’ in a different way. We would like to build more community and commitment within our artist communities and our group as a whole.

To that end:

  • The artists will be delineated into groups, but there will be no group leaders, so we’ll be asking artists to come up with ways to make connections with the other artists in their PDXOS neighborhood.
  • We’ll be asking artists to promote PDXOS by volunteering to do demos and spreading the word to their own networks via social media promotion.
  • We’ll be asking for help with tasks that need doing.
  • We’ll also be holding PDXOS artist community building/networking gatherings to share ideas, ask questions, and support each other.

We are looking forward to working with this year’s artist group to make Portland Open Studios 2018 a great event!

We have our jury!!

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 an Assistant Professor and Inclusions Specialist at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, a freelance writer and an independent curator of Northwest art. He received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the California College of Art and his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Victor draws his inspiration from his upbringing in California and Mexico in a family of migrant field workers. Deploying both traditional mediums including painting, printmaking and drawing alongside contemporary strategies such as performances, installations and interventions, Victor expresses the challenge and power of identity to author experience and perception. His work has been acquired by the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. He is represented exclusively by Froelick Gallery, Portland.

Arvie Smith, our ‘working artist’ jurist, also qualifies as an art educator, as he is a Professor Emeritus of Painting at Pacific Northwest College of Art where he taught since the mid 80’s. He spent his childhood in rural Texas and South Central and Watts Los Angles, California. He received his BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art and his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting under Grace Hartigan. During a sojourn in Italy in 1983, Arvie studied at Il Bisonte and SACI in Florence. From 1998 to the present he has traveled extensively through Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Arvie Smith transforms the history of oppressed and stereotyped segments of the American experience into lyrical two-dimensional master works. His paintings are commonly of psychological images revealing deep sympathy for the dispossessed and marginalized members of society in an unrelenting search for beauty, meaning, and equality. His work reflects powerful injustices and the will to resist and survive. His memories of growing up in the South add to his awareness of the legacy that the slavery of the African American has left with all Americans today. His intention is to solidify the memory of atrocities and oppression so they will never be forgotten or duplicated. Arvie says he creates this work “because he must”.

Our gallerist this year is Donna Guardino of The Guardino Gallery.  For most of her life, art has been Donna Guardino’s livelihood.  In the 1970’s she applied to the Mill Valley Festival and was turned down. The next year, she was asked by the same organization to be a juror for their show.  This experience gave her a life-long lesson: There are so many variables in the jury process, you can’t take it personally. You just have to try again. This is the advice she is still giving artists today as she looks at work from hundreds of artists as the curate for Guardino Gallery.

With her history as a painter, printer, etcher and sculptor she was exposed to many art forms. Helping set up two non-profit art organizations, running several galleries and ultimately her own gallery, seeing art makes her curious about each artist’s process. She saw that for her, there wasn’t a strict boundary between fine art and craft.  Now, as a curator, she looks for art that has a visual impact on her.


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 at the Lagunitas Community Room, and like all Art Sparks you’ll get to meet and mingle with many other folks in our multi-faceted art community with music, beer and food.

There will also be a brief talk about the barriers and best practices for responding to open art calls, and talk about what we are all doing to address equity, inclusion and diversity. Plus there will be a raffle with swag, and we are giving out slots to ten artists to get your art professionally photographed FOR FREE if you’d like to apply to our open studios event this year. More details here:

Meet the Board

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 inspire the Board and others surrounding us to bring them to fruition.



Maude May, Vice President, joined our board in 2017 and has been a source of energy and enthusiasm ever since. She is a working artist, with a background in graphic design, having run her own graphic company for over 15 years. This year she takes over the position of Vice President and she promises to be a guiding force for all the exciting things about to happen.







Jolinda Miller, new to the board this year, is the PDXOS Secretary. She is a teacher for Portland Public Schools and sees each day the power of art to lift and inspire her students.





When Shelly Edwards isn’t rockin’ our books as Portland Open Studio’s Treasurer, she’s helping people understand Alzheimer’s and its effects or serving as a worship leader and pianist for Portland First United Methodist Church. She gives an exceptional amount of her time to serving others, and our Board is grateful to have her watching over our funds.



Kit Carlton, a working mixed media artist, serves as our Events Chair and periodic contributor to our blog and newsletter. As a bit of a polymath, she revels in all things art history, music (especially of the synth variety), neuroscience, philosophy and poetry. She obtained her dual-degree from Texas State University before eventually transplanting to the PNW over a decade ago. Her degrees in Anthropology and English (as well as her constant self-directed research) invariably shape her aesthetic, which focuses on the intersection of science and pnuema. This is Kit’s first year with the board, but given her versatility and task-drive undoubtedly our events will come off without a hitch.



Charlotte Cunningham, while not a formal member of the Board, still serves in a vital capacity as our Administrator, managing the artist application and acceptance process and the database.   An artist herself, she also spends time sketching, crocheting, and assisting in the art department of her son’s grade school.





Kerri Hewett is our President emeritus. She spent the last three years reforming the board when we lost our administrator, Jason Kappus. She also updated the website and is the reason we are able to take off at a run this year with new ideas and a new energetic spirit.  We treasure her knowledge and welcome her input.



David Friedman, our co-Communications Chair and Webmaster, is new on the board this year. David is a working artist, focused on the media of papercutting. He is also a website specialist and graphic artist (he designed and maintains the Art in the Pearl website). We are extremely fortunate that he will be shepherding our Website and helping with our new app.



Duck Holland, new to the Board this year, will be involved in fundraising as well a serving as our Community Liaison. Her background spans art restoration to corporate executive to advocate for artists and the artist community. “My mission is to make PDXOS a ‘must see’ on every Portlanders’ calendar. And I play bass.”


Pat Kane is our co-Communications Chair. This will be her sixth year on the Board. She publishes the newsletter and the blog, focusing on our artists and their accomplishments. She also utilizes her writing experience to edit all written content that goes out.




Janie Lowe, new to the Board this year, is our Education Chair.  She studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York.  Janie already has some great ideas to energize our education program.  She co-founded YOLO ColorHouse, designing the harmonious palettes in the ColorHouse collection. Thankfully for all of us she is back in her studio now, and painting again.


Samyak Yamauchi, our Volunteer Coordinator, is a spontaneous painter who joined the board in 2017, after four years as a participating artist. She’s had a challenge from the start since we removed the volunteer requirement for our artists. Even so, she has helped the board stay on track with her loving attitude towards all things Portland.

A word from the President – General Artists Meeting – June 19, 2017

On June 19, the participating artists gathered at the Multnomah Art Center for the second General Artists Meeting presented by the board. Approximately 60 artists of the 103 attended, along with the full board, and several of our guests representing sponsors and partners. The format of the evening was entirely restructured from the past three years based on feedback from artists and board members alike. Continue reading

We're gearing up for the first internships with the 2017 Artists

As our Application for Artists is coming to a close, Portland Open Studios is happy to announce our internship program for 2017. 

We offer the internship program to high school juniors, seniors, and college students. Students are connected with member artists to get a valuable window into a working artist’s studio-life. Students who enrolled in the past have developed lasting, and mutually beneficial relationships with our artists and have returned as visitors and volunteers later in their career.


We are expanding the internship program. This year it begins on May 1, 2017, and runs through October 31, 2017.

Internships start at 3 weeks, with students expected to work 4 hours per week, and can be extended for up to 6 months. Of course, we still offer the traditional internship during the tour.

This is an unpaid working internship. Students can expect to learn many aspects of being a working artist, from cleaning to creating their own projects or contributing to the artist’s work or aspects of business. 

All interns are encouraged to participate in October to assist the artist during the Tour dates, even if they have completed the requirements prior to the event.

More to look forward to.

Portland Open Studios is working to add a student/mentor show to the programming in the summer of 2017, which could give a few students the opportunity to show their work.  

Local area high school juniors, seniors, and college level students, are invited to APPLY NOW!

We invite students interested in this opportunity to apply at our website,  The application is open until April 1, 2017. The forms mentioned below are also available on the website.


  • The opportunity to work with an artist in the studio.
  • Potential to earn extra or academic credit.
  • Valuable work experience for college application and resume.
  • Professional review of the student’s work and/or assistance in establishing an art portfolio.
  • Opportunity to earn a letter of recommendation from their mentor.   


Students over 18 or Parents/ Guardians of students under 18 are required to read and sign our standard Waiver of Liability . 

Students, Teachers, and school administrators may use our Statement of Hours for the student to keep track of hours worked.   


Portland Open Studios creates a unique educational opportunity for the public to witness art in the making, and learn about media, materials and the business of creative endeavor.  Through this interaction, Portland Open Studios creates a platform for local artists to thrive, engage and foster a community that values the arts.  The Tour is composed of local artists selected by an independent jury panel.  

Portland Open Studios prints an annual Tour Guide for visitors to purchase, as well as mobile apps for Android and iPhone users, all of which contain the artists’ contact information and directions to their studios.  These juried artists throughout the metro area open their studios to the public during the second and third weekends of October to demonstrate their working life in their creative space.

We are really excited about our program this year and know you will be too.  If you have any questions, please contact me at

Loretta Breedlove

Education Chair

Portland Open Studios