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Studio doors open wide to the public

Artists provide chance for people to watch them work
by: ANNI TRACY, Watch more than 100 Portland-area artists at work during Portland Open Studios on Oct. 10-11 and Oct. 17-18.

More than 100 Portland-area artists will open their doors to allow members of the public to watch them work - it's called Portland Open Studios, and it runs Oct. 10-11 and Oct. 17-18 across the city.

Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on those days. Tickets are $15 for two adults with the tour guide, and children get in for free. Go to www.portlandopenstudios.com for information. Tours via EcoShuttle's carbon-neutral biodiesel vans are available; go to www.ecoshuttle.net or call 503-548-4480.

Visitors to the 10th Portland Open Studios will observe artists working their various crafts - see molten glass turn into a vessel; puddles of watercolor become a landscape; a figure emerge from a block of wood; spun sugar harden into sculpture; threads interconnect into fabric, and more.

A New Member Award will be issued to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the event, as well as the annual Kimberly Gates scholarships given to artists under 30 years of age.

Andy Paiko is the winner of the New Member Award. He makes historical and futuristic glass sculptures. Scholarship winners are Marcus Gannuscio, who makes life-size figurative paintings, and Lauren Marie Taylor, who paints and teaches at Century High School in Hillsboro.

- Jason Vondersmith