The upcoming 8th Annual Clark County Open Studio Tour is almost here!
After a one-year hiatus, the popular self-guided tour of artists’ studios returns the first weekend in November—Saturday, November 6, and Sunday, November 7, 2021, from 10 AM–5 PM. Clark County Open Studios Tour celebrates the creativity of local artists and artisans as they open their doors to the public. Art lovers, treasure seekers, holiday shoppers, and the art-curious will get a rare opportunity to meet and engage with artists in their native habitat.
This is a free self-guided tour as local artists open their studios to the public and share how, why, and where their art is created and is a unique opportunity to view diverse works and buy pieces specifically created for this event.
“This year we’ve taken special care to ensure that both the artists and visitors feel comfortable,” says Jennifer Williams, Open Studios Director. “COVID safety precautions will be in place for each studio configuration. We’ll also have alternatives to the in-person tour. Artists will be sharing video demos online leading up to the tour, and after the tour, many artists will be open for additional studio visits by appointment as well as for online shopping.”
We are pleased to announce two of our Mosaic Arts Alliance members, Katey Sandy and Stefanie Adams, are participating in the tour.
Tour Details: Know Before You Go
You will be able to use your mobile device to access the Open Studio Google Tour Map—this will show you every studio location throughout the two days. You can also download and print a PDF of the map by section if that is more convenient for you. The event is a self-guided tour of Clark County artist studios—due to the ever-changing circumstances, the guide will be online only and allow for real-time updates.
The event includes a hybrid of experiences, including the traditional two-day in-person tour and video demonstrations a few days before. There will also be opportunities for online shopping and viewing appointments after the tour. This new hybrid approach is flexible to safety protocols while producing an all-inclusive event with opportunities for all visitors to safely enjoy.
Mosaic Art Alliance Artists Featured on the Tour
MAA Board Member and Show Committee Chair, Katey Sandy has participated in five open studio tours in the past. This year, she will have a special display of her earlier Artistic Montage Design works, including the works pictured below:
Artistic Montage is a compositional design style that combines overlapping shapes to depict a unifying theme, which can be a place or a subject, like an artistic memory of a trip.
Her other mixed media works are expressionist interpretations inspired by nature’s shapes, colors, and textures. She lets each composition intuitively unfold and change, allowing the process to guide her. She used a variety of mediums and approaches.
After a long career in art education, Katey has cultivated her own vibrant practice while still staying active in teaching roles. Since 2012, she has taught painting classes for the Mature Learning/Community Education Program at Clark College. Her art also earned her first place in the Oregon Society of Artists 2018 Rose Show and an Honorable Mention in 2020.
Member Stefanie Adams, a multimedia artist, is also participating in her second year of the Clark County Open Studios Tour.
Stefanie’s art practice was greatly affected throughout the past few years of dramatic change. In the past, vintage, and antique watches defined her work, but in more recent times, she has begun to explore other materials and intuitively follows impulses to create new work. Stefanie is currently drawn to beads of all types, as well as epoxy clays, mirror tiles, and bits of fascinating misfit materials. Nonetheless, her former materials find their way into recent works. She enjoys making works with interactive elements so that the viewer can be directly engaged and consider questions for themselves.
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the return of the 8th Annual Clark County Open Studios Tour featuring Mosaic Art Alliance artists Katey Sandy and Stefanie Adams at work in their studios. You can find the downloadable guide here.