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Portland Open Studios offers behind-the-scenes look into artists working lives

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - PM Shore, a former graphic designer turned full-time painter, is opening her art studio to the public this month as part of the 2012 Portland Open Studios self-guided tour.Get a peek into the workings of area artists this month during the 2012 Portland Open Studios. This annual self-guided tour offers a unique and inspiring form of experiential education: interacting with local artists at work within the context of their workspaces.

At more than 100 locations all over the Portland area, visitors can see up-cycled wearable fashion, watch molten glass or fine porcelain stretch into a vessel, imagine a landscape just moments before it is painted, peer through layers of silk-screened band posters and much more. Art lovers of all ages and walks of life can discover new materials, learn about ancient techniques, and share the wonders of creativity with friends and family.

Portland Open Studios runs for two weekends — Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14 and 20-21 — from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each day. All art studios are open both weekends.

Tickets for two range from $5 to $15. A $15 full-color Tour Guide comes with images of artworks, coupons, and an opportunity to win prizes. Included is a fold-out map with contact information and directions to the studios, which is your admission for two adults (children under 18 get in free).

A $9.99 iPhone app includes tickets for two adults and kids under 18 (good for all four days), an interactive map linked to Google maps, a catalog of artworks by all artists and contact information for all artists. A $5 map-only ticket will be for sale close to the event date.

The tour maps are available from participating artists, New Seasons Markets, Muse, Powell’s, Portland Center for the Performing Arts and other local independent art stores listed online at www.portlandopenstudios.com.