Growing up with artist parents holds both good and not so good memories. Good, because working out of the home meant availability to help with homework. Not so good, because New York's Art Expo often conflicted with birthday celebrations. But the one lingering memory is of fall, when the annual art "open house" would take place.
The doors would swing open and friends, neighbors and strangers would enter our home, perusing and often purchasing art. While the open houses are long gone, Portland's Open Studios event serves as an annual reminder of the old days.
The tour takes place this weekend and next in locations throughout the city. It's a chance for artists to showcase and network, and a chance for you to purchase directly from the creators, while checking out their often innovative workspaces and homes.
In order to participate, every artist must submit their work to a jury, and while each studio surely will posess some gems, here are a few that we're planning to see:
- Diane Ahrendt
- Wendy Dunder
- Allen Kinast
- Erin Leichty
- Morgan Madison
- Annie Meyer
- Kelly Neidig
- Sam Roloff
- Shelly Shinjo
- Amy Stoner
- Shu-Ju Wang
• For more information, including the complete list of artists, where to purchase a tour guide and how to get a ride on the new EcoShuttle, visit the Portland Open Studios website.
And though mom isn't participating this year (she has in the past), we can offer some advice as one who's been on the receiving end of the tour. Keep in mind that these are often personal as well as workspaces, so tread lightly, watch out for sharp tools and use the restroom before you go.