Kitty Wallace

Kitty Wallace

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President’s Page – PDXOS Community Leaders

You may or may not know that Portland Open Studios is run on volunteer grit. Our small budget goes primarily for advertising and creating our tour guide, while the significant project and event planning is done gratis by our board members and volunteer community leaders. That’s why I’m so excited to announce an expansion of […]

THE KIMBERLY GALES SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The name Kimberly Gales is an important one in Portland Open Studios history. As one of the first board members of our 21-year-old organization, she helped establish the yearly open studios tour. Her untimely death of a stroke in 2005 – at age 56 – rocked her friends and family – and the PDXOS Board. […]

President’s letter: Portland Open Studios Runs on Volunteer power

By Leah Kohlenberg Today, as we kick off the 21st year of Portland Open Studios by opening our call to artists, I am privileged to find myself in the company of the open studios board. The board members are all volunteers, and put in thousands of hours of work, starting now, to make this event […]

Studio Latino program pairs PDXOS Artists with Kids from Underserved Communities

By Liz Smith Starting in January, Portland Open Studios started a new partnership with the Latino Network, sending eight volunteer artists into public after-school programs to teach art to underserved students. Jessica Lagunas, the arts and culture program coodinator for Latino Network’s “Studio Latino” program, is moved to count her blessings when speaking of this […]

Meet our 2019 Jury

By Janie Lowe This year, we decided to increase our jury from three to four judges.  They will be judging the artwork together and in person.  We feel that we will have a better idea about what the jurors are looking for and what impresses them in this way. As usual, the jury is comprised […]

Journey of Discovery

By Liz Smith Until you experience it, it’s hard to describe Portland Open Studios in a way that does it justice. For my first time attending PDXOS, I was simply looking forward to meeting some artists and looking at some art –  I had no idea it would be so personal, and that’s largely due […]

Portland Open Studios: What Art has to give to You

On Tuesday morning, at 5:30 am, I watched as KOIN 6 news correspondent Kohr Harlan’s face lit up – literally and figuratively! He was holding a welding tool, which was spitting out hot metal, flame and sparks, attempting to seal a piece of metal onto a wreath shape of metal pieces. Beside him was Travis […]

Channel 6 Kohr Harlan visits PDXOS artist Travis Pond

It may have been 5 am in Travis Pond’s backyard sculpture studio on Tuesday, but the place was already humming with people and activity. Travis is Artist #3 in Community 1. Kohr Harlan, a correspondent for the KOIN TV (Channel 6) early morning news program, was wearing protective goggles and wielding a fire and hot […]

PDXOS Art Destination – Gamblin Artists Colors

If you’ve been watching, you’ve seen that this 20th year of Portland Open Studios has brought many changes and new ways to appreciate art here in Portland.  One of the most exciting for us is to designate an art destination at Gamblin Colors. Gamblin is a world-class oil paint supply company home-grown in Portland, run […]

A word from the president

This October, Portland Open Studio’s 20th year offers both something old and something new. Unchanged is the event itself, in which 99 artists will open their studios to the public on the second and third weekends of October (Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21). Visitors can expect artist demos, the chance to try out some artistic […]