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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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

CAG 11 preview show

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



PDXOS artists in pop up summer art sale!!

PDXOS artists Katy Lareau and Sara Swink are taking part in a Trunk Show Pop Up Summer Art Sale on Saturday, July 16 in NE Portland. Katy’s glass and Sara’s ceramic sculpture will be featured along with hand-painted functional ceramics by Maria Lisieski and lively paintings and prints by Lisa Kaser. The event will take place from 11 am to 4 pm at 4709 NE 19th Ave just off NE Alberta St. in Portland.

Artworks are handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces by these popular Portland area artists. Prices range from $10 to $200. Admission is free. Visit our event page at (Trunk Show Pop Up Summer Art Sale) or contact or 971-271-0480 for more info.

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Artists interview each other: Andrea McFarland and Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley

What do Kamala Dolphin Kingsley and Andrea McFarland have in common? As artists, their subject matter, style and use of medium are quite different. In age they are a generation apart. Yet they both share a love of nature, gardening, and the mysterious, darker side of things. They are also both artists who spent their formative years as back-to-the-landers in the same tiny coastal town before coming to live and work in Portland. As friends and as participants in Portland Open Studios this year, they decided to interview each other.

Andrea interviews Kamala:

A:    Your work is highly detailed and layered. Can you talk about your media and what techniques you use to achieve this unique style?

K:  I use watercolor, acrylic, glitter, sequins, rhinestones, and gold leaf, layered over one another in many passes to get at the look I’m after. I do a lot of dropping water and salt and alcohol onto the wet paint as well, to get the bleeding and crystallized crunchy aged effects.

A:   You often include seemingly unrelated or incongruous things in your pieces, such as flamingos and artichokes or a glamorous woman and a toad. What is it that determines your choice of objects in your pieces? Are you driven more by the symbolic, the emotional, the sense of shape and texture, or…?

Flamingo Dinosaur Toad Watercolor, Acrylic, Sequins, Gold Leaf 20 X 24
Flamingo Dinosaur Toad by Dolphin-Kingsley
Watercolor, Acrylic, Sequins, Gold Leaf 20 X 24


K:    As a kid I obsessively made collages and I think this led to what I make now – a sometimes random mishmash of things, that end up working out together through much finessing. Sometimes it’s planned out in my mind beforehand; sometimes it’s not at all and I just toss things in there like some made up salad, curious to see the result. I’m also sometimes inspired by outsider, ‘uneducated’, psychedelic, or children’s art. I find allowing the painting to reveal its meaning after creation to be more interesting than having it all figured out beforehand.

A:  You use a lot of shading, sepia tones and black silhouettes. Is this a visual or mood preference?

moody texture in Kamala’s garden 

K:   Since I was a small child, I’ve always been drawn to the more moody, darker, what some would call ‘creepy’ things. Bright happy and ‘normal’ always bored me. I’m usually aiming for a moody, mysterious, dense yet quiet vibe. I try to create a sepia look to make the paintings appear older, like they could be from 100 years ago. Ancient looking things feel soothing to me. My tendency to outline things in black might have come from watching my mom lead her detailed stained glass windows when I was young.

A: You are an avid gardener, and your garden includes many interesting arrangements of found objects. How does this relate to your artistic life?

Kamala’s garden wonderland 


K: Same thing with the collage-y mishmash of my art… I love to arrange my thrift store knick knacks into setups that work in certain areas of the garden. I think this might come partially from my childhood interest in miniature dioramas and Natural History Museum-type tableaux. I like scenes that look kind of real, kind of fake and I love seeing what happens when you put different plants next to one another.

texture juxtaposition in Kamala’s garden


A: You started creating art at a young age. When did you first know that you were going to be an artist?

K: I always drew: I was the kid in school doodling in the back of class. But I finally knew that I really wanted to pursue art “for real” when I failed the math part of my Marine Biology courses in college. I realized that I couldn’t hack that part of it, and I remember thinking “OK, I guess I need to switch to art.”

A: What is the biggest challenge for you as an artist?

K: Making art. Hah! I’m a horrible procrastinator and getting worse. Once I get started it’s good, but getting started on a painting is usually really hard for me. I have a tendency to work in the garden rather than on my art.

Kamala’s studio ahead, with her dog reminding her to get back to work 

A: What part of the artistic process do you enjoy the most?

K: Selling art to a happy home is pretty good. When I make a painting for someone and they love it and put it on their wall to look at forever, that’s a good feeling.

Kamala interviews Andrea:

K:  What is your medium?

A:   I work in dry pastel on sandpaper. People think of pastels as a sort of oily crayon, but dry pastels are more like chalk only with very strong pigmentation. What I love about this medium is that you can get a very smooth texture with blended colors, or a rough textured look with no brush strokes. The almost pure pigments give it an intense, velvety color.

K:   You started doing art full time when you were older than many artists are when they start. Do you think this has any effect on the work you do, and if so, what?

A:   I did draw a lot as a child, and I took one college course in drawing. But at that age it was all about getting it done and seeing the result. I think I was more impatient then, and my preconceptions and opinions were stronger. As an older person, I think I am more relaxed, with a less intense need for control. Because I’m still new to the process, it holds a lot of excitement for me, but I can let the drawing take me where it wants to go instead of having to drive it consciously. Also, I think that having slightly blurry middle aged vision actually helps me to see color and composition without getting lost in fussy details.

K:    You’ve been a musician for a long time. How does this interact with your visual art? Any overlap, a similar vibe you’re trying to convey or a particular story you’re trying to tell with each medium?

A:     I play Irish music on the fiddle. I think the paradox that I try to grasp in both music and art is the coexistence of joy and sorrow, how they not only blend in our lives on a long term basis, but how we can be aware of them both in our hearts at precisely the same moment. There is a strange joy contained in our longing itself, an imagining of other worlds, perhaps, mingled with the aching sweetness of ephemeral life. The tunes I try to play are melodically like rippling water, skillful blends of light and darkness. I find it interesting that since I started to do visual arts, my ability to hear the music has improved.

K:   You’re an avid gardener; does this love of plants and garden design influence your visual art and if so, how?

Andrea's gardenAndrea’s garden 

A:   For many years I was a back to the land hippie, and had a huge garden where I spent most of my day growing food for the family and the local farmers market.  I developed a sort of lust for unusual shapes, leaf colors and flowers, but I also think my experience with gardening taught me to be minutely aware of color and shape without thinking about it.

K:  You do a lot of scenes of the Columbia Gorge – why?

A:    Because it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world! People come from all over the planet to see it; I can’t believe there are Portlanders who never do. When I first moved from a rural environment to Portland, I was depressed until I discovered the gorge. It is my church and doctor combined. There are very few of my problems that a hike up to Angel’s Rest can’t fix. I want more people to be aware of the gorge and to inspire them to explore it, enjoy and protect it.

Andrea McFarland Sauvie Island Hedgerows dry pastel; 18" X 25"Andrea McFarland: Sauvie Island Hedgerows dry pastel; 18″ X 25″ 

K:   In your art, I see a lot of use of water, and of drama, heavy skies, a portentious feeling – is this on purpose, or do you think you’re just naturally drawn to such things

A:     Well, the easy answer is that there is no shortage of clouds here where we live. But this question makes me think of my childhood. My dad was an avid photographer, and taught me a bit about it. He had a special lens filter he had to make the clouds look more dramatic. I thought this was a thrilling, magical thing. I guess I do love the mystery contained in water and rainclouds. I think some people find the infinite hugeness and power of nature to be threatening, but I find it comforting. I’m glad to have my minuscule problems put in perspective, and to be reminded that I’m a very small part of something so astounding and incomprehensible.

Airy plants in Andrea's gardenAiry plants in Andrea’s gardenPlease be sure to visit the delights at the studios of each of these artists: Andrea is number 41 on the map, and Kamala is 47.  For more images of Andrea’s work and a link to Kamala’s website, click on their names.