Open Studios Tour

Open Studios Tour Preview Reception at CAVE

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.

Tom Relth’s “Contemporary Landscape” Exhibit Opening Reception at Boomerang

Boomerang Fine Arts—the extensive upstairs and downstairs gallery space located inside Boomerang, the coffee shop, event space, and consignment shop in downtown Vancouver—is pleased to host local artist Tom Relth for the First Friday Art Walk on Nov. 3. Relth’s studio, which is on Boomerang’s lower level, is also party of the Clark County Open Studios Tour on Nov. 11-12. Relth’s works will be displayed at Boomerang until Monday, Nov. 13.

The exhibit, “Contemporary Landscape,” showcases 50-plus of Relth’s color-rich paintings, including many of his large-scale works. “We have exhibited nearly two thousand artworks from local and regional artists,” notes Relth, who has served as Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence and gallery curator for the past two years. “The exhibitions have traversed various media and subject matter (paper, fibre arts, painting, sculpture, photography, etc.) hoping to draw an ever greater audience to the Boomerang concept. Now, it’s my opportunity to exhibit my own work.”

Boomerang will celebrate Relth’s exhibit and his participation in the Open Studios Tour with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3. Guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments and a special free photo booth featuring Trung Phan Photography. Boomerang is located at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Regular hours are Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for First Fridays, when Boomerang stays open until 9 p.m.

The Clark County Open Studios Tour is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12. Tom Relth is No. 8 on the tour. Tour maps are available at every studio on the tour and online at www.ccopenstudios.org. It is free to participate and children are welcome.

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.

Open Studios Tour

Fifty artists across Clark County are busily getting ready for the fourth annual Open Studios Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 & 13—a free, self-guided tour where local artists open up their studios and allow you to see where and how they make their art. You’ll find artists working in studios that range from repurposed barns and cottages to custom-designed urban spaces. You’ll meet the artists, learn about their inspiration and their process, and be able to buy paintings, jewelry, sculpture, glass work, metalwork, garden art, recycled art, fiber art, ceramics, photography and more directly from the people who made it.

If you go to the Open Studios Tour website you can get a driving map of the studios and plan your weekend. This is a free, juried, self-guided tour of some of Southwest Washington’s finest artists, and you won’t need to bother with any stuffy galleries: you’ll be right in the thick of it, watching the artists a work and talking to them about their inspiration and their creative process. It’s not necessary to purchase any art, but it will be hard not to after seeing what goes into making it and learning each artist’s story.

You can learn more about all the artists at www.ccopenstudios.org. Be prepared: both the First Friday reception and the tour itself is a well-attended event. Art lovers come from Portland, Salem, Longview, Tacoma, Seattle, and the coast specifically to meet our Clark County artists. This annual tour is jointly sponsored by Arts of Clark County and the Clark County Arts Commission.

Open Studios Tour

Fifty artists across Clark County are busily getting ready for the fourth annual Open Studios Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 & 13—a free, self-guided tour where local artists open up their studios and allow you to see where and how they make their art. You’ll find artists working in studios that range from repurposed barns and cottages to custom-designed urban spaces. You’ll meet the artists, learn about their inspiration and their process, and be able to buy paintings, jewelry, sculpture, glass work, metalwork, garden art, recycled art, fiber art, ceramics, photography and more directly from the people who made it.

If you go to the Open Studios Tour website you can get a driving map of the studios and plan your weekend. This is a free, juried, self-guided tour of some of Southwest Washington’s finest artists, and you won’t need to bother with any stuffy galleries: you’ll be right in the thick of it, watching the artists a work and talking to them about their inspiration and their creative process. It’s not necessary to purchase any art, but it will be hard not to after seeing what goes into making it and learning each artist’s story.

You can learn more about all the artists at www.ccopenstudios.org. Be prepared: both the First Friday reception and the tour itself is a well-attended event. Art lovers come from Portland, Salem, Longview, Tacoma, Seattle, and the coast specifically to meet our Clark County artists. This annual tour is jointly sponsored by Arts of Clark County and the Clark County Arts Commission.

Above image: Artists Brett Bowers at work in his studio.

Open Studios Tour Preview & Reception

If you go to the Open Studios Tour website you can get a driving map of the studios and plan your weekend. This is a free, juried, self-guided tour of some of Southwest Washington’s finest artists, and you won’t need to bother with any stuffy galleries: you’ll be right in the thick of it, watching the artists a work and talking to them about their inspiration and their creative process. It’s not necessary to purchase any art, but it will be hard not to after seeing what goes into making it and learning each artist’s story.

But first, you’ll want to attend the First Friday Preview & Reception, where you can see works by every artist all in one place. If you’ve attended in past years, there’s lots of new art to see and new artists to meet; roughly half of this years artists are new to the tour. The reception is happening from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Esther Short Building at 610 Esther St. in downtown Vancouver. Artist Chris Bidleman’s Upfront Band will provide music and Trusty Brewing will be pouring tastes of their award-winning brews. A portion from art sales during the preview show will go to Arts of Clark County.

You can learn more about all the artists at www.ccopenstudios.org. Be prepared: both the First Friday reception and the tour itself is a well-attended event. Art lovers come from Portland, Salem, Longview, Tacoma, Seattle, and the coast specifically to meet our Clark County artists. This annual tour is jointly sponsored by Arts of Clark County and the Clark County Arts Commission.

Above image: Claire Bandfield of A Pot Spot gets her hand-cast pots ready for sale at her home studio in Camas.

Open Studios Tour & First Friday Reception

Fifty artists across Clark County are busily getting ready for the fourth annual Open Studios Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 & 13—a free, self-guided tour where local artists open up their studios and allow you to see where and how they make their art. You’ll find artists working in studios that range from repurposed barns and cottages to custom-designed urban spaces. You’ll meet the artists, learn about their inspiration and their process, and be able to buy paintings, jewelry, sculpture, glass work, metalwork, garden art, recycled art, fiber art, ceramics, photography and more directly from the people who made it.

If you go to the Open Studios Tour website you can get a driving map of the studios and plan your weekend. This is a free, juried, self-guided tour of some of Southwest Washington’s finest artists, and you won’t need to bother with any stuffy galleries: you’ll be right in the thick of it, watching the artists a work and talking to them about their inspiration and their creative process. It’s not necessary to purchase any art, but it will be hard not to after seeing what goes into making it and learning each artist’s story.

But first, you’ll want to attend the First Friday Preview & Reception, where you can see works by every artist all in one place. If you’ve attended in past years, there’s lots of new art to see and new artists to meet; roughly half of this years artists are new to the tour. The reception is happening from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Esther Short Building at 610 Esther St. in downtown Vancouver. Artist Chris Bidleman’s Upfront Band will provide music and Trusty Brewing will be pouring tastes of their award-winning brews. A portion from art sales during the preview show will go to Arts of Clark County.

You can learn more about all the artists at www.ccopenstudios.org. Be prepared: both the First Friday reception and the tour itself is a well-attended event. Art lovers come from Portland, Salem, Longview, Tacoma, Seattle, and the coast specifically to meet our Clark County artists. This annual tour is jointly sponsored by Arts of Clark County and the Clark County Arts Commission.

Above image: Claire Bandfield of A Pot Spot gets her hand-cast pots ready for sale at her home studio in Camas.

 

Tom Relth at Boomerang

Boomerang—the downtown Vancouver hang-out popular with locals and families, a clever combination of coffee shop and showcase for gently used home furnishings and décor—will exhibit the recent works of local artist Tom Relth. Beginning First Friday, Nov. 4, visitors to Boomerang’s upper and lower floor galleries can view 70 artworks by Relth, known for his collage work as well as his very large format landscapes and abstract paintings. You can also meet the artist himself during the First Friday reception from 5 to 9 p.m. with live music and light refreshments, including free house coffee. Relth’s “Recent Paintings” exhibit will be on display through Nov. 16.

First Friday is also the perfect time to get a sneak preview of works by all the artists on the upcoming Clark County Open Studios Tour, Nov. 12 & 13. Relth is one of 50 artists to be featured on the free, self-guided tour, in which artists all over Clark County are opening up their studios to the public so that art lovers can meet the artists, learn more about their inspiration and process, and buy art directly from the artists. From Boomerang, it’s just a quick walk over to the Open Studios reception at the Esther Short Building, 610 Esther St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information about the tour, visit http://ccopenstudios.org/.

Above image: detail from “Grist Mill Pooling” by Tom Relth, pigment on canvas, 40 x 63 in.

Open Studios Tour

What an astonishing array of fine artists we have in Clark County! Now you’ll get a chance to go to where the artists create their art—everything from paintings to sculptures to jewelry and fiber art, right in their own studios, during the Clark County Open Studios Tour. Fifty artists have been chosen to participate in this tour, and if you go to the Open Studios Tour website you can get a driving map of the studios and plan your weekend. You’ll find artists working in studios that range from repurposed barns and cottages to custom-designed urban spaces. Visitors can learn first-hand about techniques in painting, printmaking, sculpture, glass, wood, ceramic, jewelry, fiber arts, and photography.

This is a free, juried, self-guided tour of some of Southwest Washington’s finest artists, and you won’t need to bother with any stuffy galleries: you’ll be right in the thick of it, watching the artists a work and talking to them about their inspiration and their creative process. It’s not necessary to purchase any art, but it will be hard not to after seeing what goes into making it and learning each artist’s story.

You can learn more about all the artists at www.ccopenstudios.org. The tour is happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15. Be prepared: this is a well-attended event. Art lovers come from Portland, Salem, Longview, Tacoma, Seattle, and the coast specifically to meet our Clark County artists. This annual tour is jointly sponsored by Arts of Clark County and the Clark County Arts Commission.

Open Studios Tour

If you attended the Open Studios Tour Preview Exhibit last Friday night, you don’t need me to tell you what an astonishing array of fine artists we have in Clark County. You’d also have seen how much we love our art, because it was CROWDED; you could barely hear yourself think above the happy din of all those artists and art lovers, milling around and sipping free cups of Dirty Hands beer. (Thanks, Dirty Hands!)

Now you’ll get a chance to go to where the artists create their art—everything from paintings to sculptures to jewelry and fiber art, right in their own studios, during the Clark County Open Studios Tour. Fifty artists have been chosen to participate in this tour, and if you go to the Open Studios Tour website you can get a driving map of the studios and plan your weekend. You’ll find artists working in studios that range from repurposed barns and cottages to custom-designed urban spaces. Visitors can learn first-hand about techniques in painting, printmaking, sculpture, glass, wood, ceramic, jewelry, fiber arts, and photography.

This is a free, juried, self-guided tour of some of Southwest Washington’s finest artists, and you won’t need to bother with any stuffy galleries: you’ll be right in the thick of it, watching the artists a work and talking to them about their inspiration and their creative process. It’s not necessary to purchase any art, but it will be hard not to after seeing what goes into making it and learning each artist’s story.

You can learn more about all the artists at www.ccopenstudios.org. The tour is happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15. Be prepared: this is a well-attended event. Art lovers come from Portland, Salem, Longview, Tacoma, Seattle, and the coast specifically to meet our Clark County artists. This annual tour is jointly sponsored by Arts of Clark County and the Clark County Arts Commission.

Above image: detail from one of Anne Cavanaugh’s beautiful glassworks, where layer upon layer of textured glass creates a riveting three-dimensional effect best appreciated in person!

Open Studios Preview Reception at North Bank Artists Gallery

Here’s how you can see all 50 Open Studios Tour artists in one easy step: attend the Preview Reception at North Bank Artists’ Gallery from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. There’s no charge to attend and there is so much to appreciate. Last year’s Preview Reception, hosted by the Vancouver Organization for Contemporary Art, was standing room only, and it wasn’t just because of the complimentary craft beer from Dirty Hands Brewing (which will also be distributing its delicious brews at this year’s event), not to mention the exceptionally good array of finger food. No, it’s because Southwest Washington’s arts community is absolutely flourishing, supported not only by the large number of talented and successful gallery-worthy artists, but also by the people who love and admire (and purchase) the works of fine art created right here on the North Bank.

There’s another reason to attend this year’s Preview Reception, and that’s “Tree Study in Copper Red,” created by internationally recognized glass artist David Schwartz and donated to the Open Studios Tour for this event. While you’re at the reception, you can purchase $5 raffle tickets to win this beautiful glass sculpture, pictured above. All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Arts of Clark County and the Open Studios program.

The Open Studios Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15. On those days, 50 Clark County artists will open their studios to the public for tours, to give people the opportunity to meet the artists, to see how the art is made, and to purchase works of art directly from the people who created them. Printed guides will be available at the reception and at each artist’s studio during the tour. You can also download and view an online guide with live links to artists’ websites, or check out each artist on this site to customize your tour. Many studios are off the beaten path, so the Open Studios map is essential to finding your way (and of course the journey is part of the fun!). For more information, visit ccopenstudios.org.

Open Studios Tour

Go where the artists create their art—everything from paintings to sculptures to jewelry and fiber art, right in their own studios, during the Clark County Open Studios Tour. Fifty artists have been chosen to participate in this tour, and if you go to the Open Studios Tour website you can get a driving map of the studios and plan your weekend.

This is a free, juried, self-guided tour of some of Southwest Washington finest artists, and you won’t need to bother with any stuffy galleries: you’ll be right in the thick of it, watching the artists a work and talking to them about their inspiration and their creative process. It’s not necessary to purchase any art, but it will be hard not to after seeing what goes into making it and learning each artist’s story.

You can learn more about all the artists at www.ccopenstudios.org, then download and print your own map at www.ccopenstudios.org. The tour is happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9. Be prepared: this is a well-attended event. Art lovers come from Portland, Salem, Longview, Tacoma, Seattle, and the coast specifically to meet our Clark County artists. This annual tour is jointly sponsored by Arts of Clark County and the Clark County Arts Commission.

Open Studios Tour

Detail from work by Beth Kitselman, who paints using tissue, palette knife, and acrylic and watercolor paint.

Detail from work by Beth Kitselman, who paints using tissue, palette knife, and acrylic and watercolor paint.

If you attended the Open Studios Tour Preview Exhibit last Saturday night, you don’t need me to tell you what an astonishing array of fine artists we have in Clark County. You’d also have seen how much we North Bankers love our art, because it was standing room only at VOCA; you could barely hear yourself think above the happy din of all those artists and art lovers, noshing on appetizers and sipping Dirty Hands beer.

Now you’ll get a chance to go to where the artists create their art—everything from paintings to sculptures to jewelry and fiber art, right in their own studios, during the Clark County Open Studios Tour. Fifty artists have been chosen to participate in this tour, and if you go to the Open Studios Tour website you can get a driving map of the studios and plan your weekend.

Detail from large-scale painting by Rebecca Seymour, based on photographs from the Hubble Telescope.

Detail from large-scale painting by Rebecca Seymour, based on photographs from the Hubble Telescope.

This is a free, juried, self-guided tour of some of Southwest Washington finest artists, and you won’t need to bother with any stuffy galleries: you’ll be right in the thick of it, watching the artists a work and talking to them about their inspiration and their creative process. It’s not necessary to purchase any art, but it will be hard not to after seeing what goes into making it and learning each artist’s story.

You can learn more about all the artists at www.ccopenstudios.org, then download and print your own map at www.ccopenstudios.org. The tour is happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9. Be prepared: this is a well-attended event. Art lovers come from Portland, Salem, Longview, Tacoma, Seattle, and the coast specifically to meet our Clark County artists. This annual tour is jointly sponsored by Arts of Clark County and the Clark County Arts Commission.

Above picture: detail from Monte Wolverton’s acrylic on canvas, “Retinor, Lord of Noom, Consecrates His Legions.” Wolverton, son of Vancouver cartoonist Basil Wolverton, is also well-known for his political cartoons. See more at www.montewolverton.com.

 

 

 

Open Studios Tour Preview Exhibit and Artists’ Reception

The Arts of Clark County and the Clark County Arts Commission invite you to get a sneak peek at the art—and the artists—to be featured during its upcoming Open Studios Tour on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8 and 9. If you’re not able to take the tour, this is your one opportunity to see it all in one place—or maybe you are going to take the tour, you’re just curious to see what marvelous things lie in store for you. Either way, VOCA (Vancouver Organization for Contemporary Art) will open its doors from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, for a preview exhibit and artists’ reception. VOCA is located at 906 Harney St. in downtown Vancouver.

Refreshments will be provided by Dirty Hands Brewing and there will be live music with the UpFront Band. The event is free, as is the self-guided Open Studios Tour, where participants follow a map to the studios of 50 participating artists. Once at the studios, art lovers can meet the artists, view completed works of art and art in progress, and talk to the artists about their art-making process. Purchases are encouraged, but not required; the highlight of the tour will be getting to see the quality and diversity of fine art being produced in Clark County. To learn more, visit www.ccopenstudios.org.

Open Studios Preview

10441197_910977995609604_9000845851770720939_nThe Arts of Clark County and the Clark County Arts Commission invite you to get a sneak peek at the art—and the artists—to be featured during its upcoming Open Studios Tour on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8 and 9. If you’re not able to take the tour, this is your one opportunity to see it all in one place—or maybe you are going to take the tour, you’re just curious to see what marvelous things lie in store for you. Either way, VOCA (Vancouver Organization for Contemporary Art) will open its doors from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, for a preview exhibit and artists’ reception. VOCA is located at 906 Harney St. in downtown Vancouver.

Refreshments will be provided by Dirty Hands Brewing and there will be live music with the UpFront Band. The event is free, as is the self-guided Open Studios Tour, where participants follow a map to the studios of 50 participating artists. Once at the studios, art lovers can meet the artists, view completed works of art and art in progress, and talk to the artists about their art-making process. Purchases are encouraged, but not required; the highlight of the tour will be getting to see the quality and diversity of fine art being produced in Clark County. To learn more, visit www.ccopenstudios.org.

Above photograph: detail from work by fiber artist Erin Dengerink.

Open Studios Call for Artists

open studios logoThe Arts of Clark County (AOCC)—a nonprofit organization that promotes creative expression and artistic opportunities in Clark County and Southwest Washington—is offering a free, self-guided "Open Studio Tour" on Nov. 8 and 9 of this year. That means: they need art and artists! The AOCC is looking for visual artists who produce art in all media to promote themselves and their one-of-a-kind, created-in-Southwest-Washington works of art during the tour.

Open Studios will be a juried event, providing North Bank artists with an opportunity to connect with the public (and potential buyers) as you open your studio doors and invite art lovers to see and discuss your work—a chance to share your process and your inspiration directly with the people who will purchase your art. The goal is to enhance awareness of our talented local artists while enriching the cultural life of Clark County neighborhoods.

The application deadline is Saturday, May 31. For more details, visit www.ccopenstudios.org.