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Who We Are

Mission & History

MISSION

Portland Open Studios seeks to provide a bridge between artist and patron.

VALUES:

  • Community

    -Comradery
    -Connection

  • Creativity
  • Experience

    - Variety

  • Fun

    -Wonder
    -Optimism
    -Variety
    -Curiosity

  • Inclusion

    -Diversity

  • Professionalism

    -Education
    -Teamwork

VISION:

It is our vision to become an essential component in the Portland art community by providing unique experiences that showcase an inclusive and diverse artistic community.  Through the experience we hope to engage artist as educator and light a passion around art within the patron

OUR STORY

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 fosters a community that values the arts.

The Tour is composed of local artists who apply and are selected through a blind jury process.

Artists throughout the metro area invite you to their studios during the second and third weekends of October. Visitors experience studios tours, demonstrations of various techniques, and many hands-on opportunities.

Portland Open Studios provides a free mobile app and prints a full-color Tour Guide for purchase. Our Tour Guide features images of artwork, artist information, and community maps to identify studio locations. Local businesses and sponsors purchase ad space to offset the costs of printing.

In keeping with our educational mission, Portland Open Studios offers an educational internship program to high-school and college students. In addition, the Kimberly Gales Scholarship for Emerging Artists is available to artists between the ages of 20 and 30. Read about current and past Kimberly Gales Scholarship winners.

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