The fifth annual Clark County Open Studios Tour showcases the beautiful and distinctive works of 53 local artists whose studios can be visited on the countywide tour on Nov. 11-12. You can also see works by these artists at at Vancouver’s newest contemporary art space, the CAVE (Contemporary Arts Vancouver Experiment) at 108 E. Evergreen Blvd. in downtown Vancouver. The exhibit will be up through the month of November.
The tour itself takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12. Fifty different artist studios across Clark County will be participating. As an ongoing program of Arts of Clark County, this free, self-guided tour now occupies a regular spot on the fall arts calendar for art lovers and collectors. The event has showcased more than 130 different artists to date. The event is a once-a-year opportunity to meet local artists in their native habitat, sharing how, why and where art is created. On Open Studios weekend, visitors can learn first-hand about techniques in painting, printmaking, sculpture, glass, ceramic, jewelry, fiber arts, and photography.
As demographics shift and as new residents move to Clark County, the mix of artists in Open Studios shifts as well. This year, 36% of participants—or 19 artists on the tour—are entirely new to the event. Digital printmaker Noah Matteucci, artist Megan Eckman, and photographer Jeffrey Opp, for example, are all relative newcomers to Clark County and they are also newcomers in this year’s Open Studios tour, adding to the mix of media and styles represented.
Free printed guidebooks are available at the CAVE. You can also view or print your own guide, access a custom Google map showing studio locations and suggested routes, learn more about each artist, and get a list of locations where you can pick up a printed guide—all from the event website at www.ccopenstudios.org.