Open Studio’s Tour 2024 jurors Teri Sund, Dylan Beck, and Julie Devine have selected artists to be included in Artstra’s eleventh annual Clark County Open Studios Tour. “I enjoyed seeing what artists of Clark County are creating and was quite impressed with both the skill level and diversity of applications. A studio tour is a great opportunity for people who may not know much about medium or processes to come away with a deeper understanding of what it takes to create art,” stated Teri Sund, owner of Imogen Gallery.

The 2024 Clark County Open Studios artists are Sharon Agnor, Christian Barrios, Jennifer Blais, Paul Blais, Richard Britschgi, LB Buchan, Barbara Bureker, Stephanie Burton, Ann Cavanaugh, Jacque Davis, Mariel Del Rincon, Kathleen Duncan, Adrienne Eliades, Russell Ford, Anne Gilmour, Mar Goman, Gregory Gorham, Jeff Gracz, Don Gray, Vicki Green, Mary Grout, Abhisar Gupta, Larry Holt, Sarah Hunter, Jessica Joner, Jody Katopothis, Michael Kay, Linda Kliewer, Jenn Lamb, Bill Leigh, Jason Litts, Karen Madsen, Jill Mayberg, Christopher Mooney, Sandy Moore, Deborah Nagano, Who Ngyen, Tom Relth, Linda Robertson, Terri Shinners, Betsy Soifer, Alder Suttles, Sharon Svec, Zhanna Tsytsyn, Oleg Ulitskiy, Michelle Welch, Patty White, Jennifer Williams, and Cathie Joy Young.

In addition to our 50 studios, we are excited to announce that we have three emerging artists who have been juried into the tour and selected to receive the Christine Rice Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship includes $1000 in funding as well as mentorship. Congratulations to our emerging artists, Nicholas Dill, Nyssa Medel, and Molly Gustofson.(Set artists’ page links to names)
A word from Christine’s family, “Margaret and I are thrilled that we are able to offer the Christine Rice Memorial Scholarship to three recipients this year.  We see this as an opportunity to not only help bring new artists into the local art community but also as a way to carry on the spirit of your daughter’s life’s work. We are so grateful to have Artstra, Clark County Open Studios, and  Gallery 408 supporting this endeavor.” ~Patrick Rice
Congratulations to all participating artists! We look forward to a rich and diverse Open Studios Tour on November 2-3, 2024.
Insights into the Application and Jury Process: Why we use CaFE
CaFÉ (Call For Entry), powered by the nonprofit WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation), is an online application and adjudication management system used by public art programs, galleries, museums, and educational institutions around the country. CaFÉ facilitates the management of public art commissions, exhibitions, fellowships, and visual art competitions. Artstra has used the CaFE system for “Clark County Open Studios Call to Artists” for the past eight years. CaFe system organizes the application submissions for the jury process.
 CaFÉ enables a blind jury system in which applicant identities remain anonymous to jurors. This feature ensures a level playing field for all applicants, regardless of background, and jurying occurs outside of Clark County. By utilizing CaFÉ, both artists and administrators become part of a network that values inclusivity, diversity, and the enrichment of cultural life within communities.
As a nonprofit initiative, the revenue generated from CaFÉ is reinvested into WESTAF programs that support artists, organizations, and communities across the Western region and beyond, providing a wealth of resources for artists. Upon signing up, users gain access to thousands of Calls for Art nationwide, and the CaFÉ website features tools and guidance designed to support both administrators and artists in their endeavors.
As director of Clark County Open Studios, I am dedicated to mentoring artists in their professional journeys. I encourage all artists to explore the benefits of CaFÉ. CaFÉ Corner, a blog focusing on all things art, recently featured a must-read post titled “10 Must-Dos for Professional Artists,” offering valuable tips for creating strong applications.
~ Jennifer Williams, Director, Clark County Open Studios