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Who We Are

Mission & History


Portland Open Studios seeks to build a bridge between Portland Artists and Patrons.


  • Community


  • Creativity
  • Experience

    - Variety

  • Fun


  • Inclusion


  • Professionalism



It is the mission of Portland Open Studios to elevate the Portland Art market and with it, Portland Artists, by providing unique experiences that showcase an inclusive and diverse artistic community. Through this work we seek to support artists to thrive professionally and to light a passion for art within the Portland community.  


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.

A free online Tour Guide  as well as a print version features images of artwork, artist information, and community maps to identify studio locations. 

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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