Megan Eckman

Open Studios Tour Preview Reception

A preview exhibit and artists’ reception for Clark County Open Studios will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3, at Vancouver’s newest contemporary art space, the CAVE (Contemporary Arts Vancouver Experiment) at 108 E. Evergreen Blvd. in downtown Vancouver. Open to the public, this special event celebrates the tour’s fifth anniversary and shares the diverse works of 53 local artists whose studios can be visited on the countywide tour on Nov. 11-12.

Artist Chris Bidleman’s Upfront Band will provide music and Trusty Brewing will be pouring tastes of their award-winning brews. A portion of revenue from art sales during the preview show will go to the nonprofit Arts of Clark County. The exhibition will remain at the CAVE 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 (pictured above), 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’s First Friday preview show. 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.

Above image: artist Megan Eckman in her studio.