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Studio tour lends a peek into creative spaces

Washington County artists open up their studios Saturday and Sunday


North Woods Figured Wood (left) reclaims and upcycles figured hardwoods for wood turners, carvers and furniture makers. In addition to wood-turning demonstrations, the open house will include chocolate, wine and a raw-wood sale of burls, slabs and turning blanks, 56752 SW Sain Creek Road in Gaston, nwfiguredwoods.com. Meanwhile, Amanda Houston (above) uses pastels and oil paints to explore the meditative beauty of the landscapes surrounding her studio south of Cornelius, 33503 SW Riedweg Road, amandahouston.com.If you have ever looked at a piece of art and wondered how it was made or how the artist came up with the idea, this is your weekend. Fifty Washington County artists will open their studios on Oct. 19 and 20, welcoming art lovers to see where and how the artists create.

Free and open to the public, the Washington County Artists Open Studios Tour is funded by a grant from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County and donations from local sponsors. Studios will be open both Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To design your self-guided tour, preview the artists’ work at washcoart.org and download a map to their locations. Printed catalogs are available in advance at Art on Broadway in Beaverton and Sequoia Gallery in Hillsboro, and during the tour at the studios and sponsoring businesses.

On Saturday, Art on Broadway will conduct a silent auction of artwork by some of its member artists. by: COURTESY PHOTOS - Helvi Smith upcycles leftover house paint and unwanted paintings into fanciful, exuberant abstract paintings at her colorful Forest Grove studio, 1914 Elm St., helvismith.com.

Tour-goers can visit artists working in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, book arts, sculpture, jewelry, collage, colored pencil, charcoal, graphite, watercolor, pastels, fabric and fibers, wood, metal, glass and photography.

by: COURTESY PHOTOS - Washington County landscapes make fodder for local artists.Participating local artists include Mandy Allen, Sierra

Lonepine Briano, Susan Curington, Les Dougherty, Patricia Grass, Marj Greenhut, Sue Hacker, Sharon Haywood-Hoff, Barbara Hertel, Amanda Houston, Helvi Smith and Lynne Taylor.

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