Artists Open Their Studios During 2019 Washington County Open Studios Tour

Joyce Gabriel_photo by Rick Paulson_pw
Hillsboro Artist Joyce Gabriel showcasing her artwork in her studio. Photo by Rick Paulson.

One weekend a year, artists and galleries in Washington County, Oregon open their studios to the public, showcasing their art and doing demos. In 2019, 58 artists and four galleries from across the county will participate, from 11 am to 5pm on October 19 and 20. From Susan Curington in Gaston to Linda Gerrard in Beaverton, from Sherwood to Banks. You can see it all, including several from Hillsboro!

Admission is free. Stop in at any of the participating artists and galleries to begin the tour. You can use this interactive map to find the studio closest to you.

The first Washington County Open Studios tour was dreamed up eight years ago in the fall of 2010. Seventeen artists gathered in a living room, planned and took the plunge, holding their inaugural event. Since then, the number of participating artists has tripled, and the number of visitors to their studios is over 2000 on the tour weekend. The range of media found in the tour–from the traditional to contemporary–attracts all walks of life and makes a fine showcase of our neighborhood talent.

The Washington County Art Alliance is proud make their Open Studios tour available to everyone. There is no charge to visit the tour, artist entrance fees are kept low, and many studios are wheelchair accessible. This is made possible by generous sponsors from local businesses, grants from the Cultural Commission of Washington County, the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council and the Beaverton Arts Council.

Click Here to read a Focus Hillsboro interview with Washington County Open Studios founder Peg Falconer.

Information for this article reposted from the Washington County Open Studios website. For more information, visit www.washcoart.org.

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