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Unlike the above mentioned Art Walks, which are free of charge, this event IS NOT FREE. Furthermore, due to the vast area covered, there is no way to see everything by walking to each location. In fact, you would be hard pressed to pay a meaningful visit to each of these places by driving directly to them all.

On two particular weekends, artists all over the Portland area have open houses of their studios. The trademark slogan of the event is "Watch Artists at Work" and the idea is to be able to see not just the artist's studio, but how that artist does their particular art work.

ALL areas of the Portland area are covered during this weekend. It is foolishness, in my opinion, to even begin to try to visit all of the locations covered. It is best to select the artists that you really want to see, and invest quality time at those specific locations.

"Tour Guides" (which come in the form of a 16 month calendar) are available for $15 that feature the various artist work, two tickets to this event, map to all the locations, and various other goodies for those who want to participate. These tour guides are available in a number of Portland locations, including several art studios, art supply stores and general stores. Art Media, Powell's Books (Burnside and Hawthorne), New Season's Markets, and the downtown Made in Oregon stores are only some of the locations that are reported to have these for the 2007 show, but I did not check to make sure that all of the places named on the web site actually have them in stock.

There are different weekends for the open houses on the east side of the Willamette River and the west side of the Willamette River. Vancouver, Washington is not included.

Address: Covers a vast area,including all areas of Portland
Directions: Due to the huge area covered, it is best to find information about the event on the web site, and find a map of the various artists that participate in this event.
Website: http://www.portlandopenstudios.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 20, 2007
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