This weekend starts the Philomath Open Studios Tour, and you are invited! For two weekends, October 25-26 and November 1-2, my studio in Corvallis, Oregon will be open Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5pm. I am one of 15 studios on the tour this year, with more than 36 artists involved in total. I will be joined in my studio by Marcella Henkels, a ceramics artist who creates gorgeous raku tiles framed in barnwood.
The tour is a wonderful way to meet artists, learn more about their art, and maybe pick up a few holiday gifts along the way. I’ve always enjoyed visiting artist studios in the past, and am excited to share mine this time. I look forward to welcoming folks into my space, sharing the process of creating and printing photographic work, as well as displaying some new work created since the summer. It’s also a great opportunity to show off our new kitchen, since we are so thrilled with the remodel recently completed by Kirk Design and Construction.
You can find tour maps and artist information at PhilomathOpenStudios.com.
The tour also marks an anniversary of a new path for me creatively. One year ago, I participated as a guest artist in the same tour at David Paul Bayles studio. It was the first time I displayed my iPhone work to the public as a body of work. It was also the first time I showed more than just one or two pieces in a group exhibition, expressing my artistic voice. Wow, was it fun. The experience started me down the path of participating in art fairs, with a goal to dip my toe into the art fair world in 2014 by participating in two or three events this first year. I met that goal and more.
Philomath Open Studios, my fourth and final event of the year, wraps up an initial season which exceeded my wildest expectations. It’s been a roller coaster ride, and I’ve enjoyed every moment. In a couple of weeks I’ll pack the remaining art away in boxes and start looking to next year’s schedule. I’ll settle down to finish up the book manuscript that’s due in a few months. I’ll enjoy the winter trees and see what interesting art they bring with them this year.
But before then, you are invited to come by, and celebrate this amazing year with me.