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Visual artists and artisans in Clark County, working in all media

Clark County Open Studios is a juried art event, offering a unique opportunity for you to gain further recognition as an artist, open your studio doors to the public, and show and sell your work. For the community, Open Studios is a free self-guided tour that will enhance awareness of talented local artists while enriching the cultural life of Clark County neighborhoods.

November 5-6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Preview exhibit: First Friday, November 4th
Art at the CAVE Gallery
108 E. Evergreen Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98660

As a participating Open Studios artist, you can feel confident knowing the highest priority is given to the health and safety of you and your visitors. The tour will follow the latest guidelines necessary to create safe spaces.

For insights on how the Open Studios program expands your reach to potential buyers for your work, be sure to read this summary of the program’s impact as reported to the City of Vancouver in our Lodging Tax Grant report.

Here are some of the other ways in which you will benefit from participation in Open Studios:

  • Expand your audience by sharing where and how you work.
  • Take advantage of an opportunity to sell your work to the public.
    • All proceeds from studio sales go to the artists unless the gallery contract specifies otherwise.
  • Gain exposure through Open Studios’ print, web, and social media marketing—including postcards, local advertising, yard signs, and more.
    • An artist directory will be printed in a full-color guidebook.
    • An artist directory will be published on the Open Studios website, including up to 5 images, a link to the artist’s website, and contact info.
    • Preview exhibit and artists’ reception featuring one work of art from each participant. The artwork in the preview show will be for sale. Art at the CAVE gallery will receive a 50% commission on sales during the preview. (If this conflicts with your local gallery contract artwork can be marked NFS with courtesy of your local gallery.)
    • Networking opportunities, meet and work with other local artists.

Open Studios goes beyond a traditional art show in fostering a greater understanding of the artistic process by providing the public with a unique opportunity to enter the world of the visual artist and experience how, why and where art is created. Hear from our participating artists in this follow up article giving deeper insights into both the artists and visitors experience.

The Open Studios tour is designed to support key goals for Clark County’s arts community:

  • Increase visibility and public awareness of practicing and accomplished creative artists in Clark County.
  • Bring arts education and cultural enrichment to Clark County neighborhoods.
  • Expand opportunity and accessibility for residents of all ages to experience art.
  • Develop the county’s cultural climate, enhance its image, and support growth of the local economy through the arts.

Participating artists MUST have a regular ongoing studio workspace for creating art located within Clark County, Washington.

  • STUDIO SHARING: Open Studios was created to offer the public an opportunity to be invited into the working spaces of Clark County’s artistic community and to have an authentic experience visiting a working artist. It is not intended for temporary set-ups in businesses or pop-up spaces. Sharing space in another artists studio must be approved on an individual basis and will only be granted when an artist’s studio is inaccessible to the public.
  • The studio must retain the atmosphere of an active workspace, with materials, equipment and work-in-progress visible.
  • Artists must agree to not exhibit, sell or host non-participating artists in the space over which they have interest or control.
    • Artists working in cluster studios should encourage their fellow artists to apply for participation in Open Studios.
    • Artists who are not officially participating in Open Studios are asked not to represent themselves in any way as Open Studios artists.

Clark County Open Studios is open to a wide range of visual media including painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, wood, metal, glass, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, digital art, and printmaking. Art displayed in Open Studios must adhere to these guidelines:

  1. During Open Studios, participating artists must exhibit a minimum of 15 pieces of original art, created within the last three years.
  2. Reproductions are limited to 20% of an artist’s display space and must be clearly labeled as reproductions.


  1. First, note that YOUR APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE through our CaFE application, so have your information and files available prior to filling out the online application.
  2. Write a BRIEF artist statement (1,000 character maximum) describing your inspiration and creative process and have it ready to paste into the online application. CaFE tips on how to write an artist’s statement.
  3. Fill out and submit the online CaFE application and pay the $25 application fee.
  4. Prepare FIVE DIGITAL IMAGES OF YOUR ARTWORK created in the last three years, and preferably available. One of these images can be an image of your studio space showing multiple works. This image helps jurors see a perspective of your work and may be used for marketing promotion. CaFE tips on telling a story with your images.
  5. Digital format: JPEGs up to 5MB with a minimum of 1920 pixels on the longest side.
  6. CaFE tutorials will walk you through how to prepare your images. They also have great tips for photographing your work. How to photograph your 3D artwork.  How to photograph your 2D artwork.

Note: If you have any questions regarding eligibility or participation guidelines, please contact Jennifer Williams before applying. 

Clark County Open Studios Tour will showcase art in a broad range of media and styles. The event contributes to public awareness of the quality and diversity of artists in our community. Participation in Clark County Open Studios is intended for professional artists who are actively producing and exhibiting their work. Application material will not be judged on personal tastes or preferences.


Michele Hanlon ~ Clark County’s newly appointed Arts Education Commissioner relocated to Vancouver from Texas in 2021. Michele has worked in the arts as a performer, creator, advocate, and arts administrator for over 30 years. Most recently, she served as Associate Dean for the Arts at the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, TX.

Tom Anderson ~ Currently residing in Olympia, WA, Tom is a full-time artist whose practice includes painting, metal fabrication, mixed media construction, and printmaking. Represented by galleries in Oregon, Washington, California, and Hawaii, Tom exhibits regularly and his work can be found in over 1600 public and private collections. www.thomasandersonart.com

Nancy Morrow ~ Owner and Director of The Gallery at Ten Oaks in McMinnville, Oregon in the heart of wine country. The gallery/tasting room showcases a variety of mediums and focuses on Pacific Northwest artists.  www.tenoaksgallery.com

After your non-refundable $25 application fee is received and your application has demonstrated that you meet studio eligibility requirements and art guidelines, the jurors will view and score your submitted images using these criteria:

  • Originality/Creativity
    Does the artist’s work express a unique style/voice and vision?
  • Craftsmanship/Use of Materials or Media
    Does the artist’s work show mastery over his/her medium or innovative use of materials/media?

Artists who are accepted will be contacted by June 7th and will receive an acceptance letter confirming their participation in the event. Upon acceptance, a PARTICIPATION FEE OF $125 will be required and due June 10th.

Once accepted, you will have access to our artist’s info page with Open Studio Tour essentials to help guide you with studio preparation, marketing plans, and a timeline of events.

While Artstra provides administrative event planning, marketing, and promotional support for participating artists, be aware that your active involvement and volunteer work by participating artists will be essential in making this a successful event.

QUESTIONS? For more information contact Jennifer Williams, Clark County Open Studios director.