A special thanks to all the Clark County Open Studios artists for opening their doors, sharing their creative process, and spreading inspiration. Open Studios 2022 was a wonderful weekend reconnecting with our art community. Thank you to all our visitors that ventured out and explored Clark County for the love of art!
Also, thank you to our sponsors and a special thanks to the City of Vancouver for their support through the Lodging Tax Grant program.
Open Studios artists together reported a record 113,000 in art sales. But the most important part of Open Studios cannot be counted, as artists and visitors connected and shared stories through art.
“People were so engaged and genuinely excited to share and talk. My studio was filled with neighbors, strangers, teachers, students, family, and friends. People of all ages and backgrounds were coming through and sharing stories and enthusiasm for art,” says, Open Studios artist, Alder Suttles. “I met so many women that were moved by my work. It was such an honor to hear stories and share tears. It was a heavy and beautiful weekend. A woman told me a painting of mine conjured a memory from 30 years ago. It wasn’t about money or opportunity.”
The Open Studios 2022 online Artists Directory is a resource to connect artists and patrons all year long. Search the category filters at the top to find art classes, online shopping, and studios open by appointment.
Planning has already begun for 2023 and Open Studios’ 10th Anniversary, including the launch of a new scholarship program for emerging artists who need assistance in funding their creativity and mentorship. This scholarship is made possible by Artstra’s Creative Relief program and a special fund set up in loving memory of Christine Rice (May 16,1991-Sept 29, 2022).
Christine was an Open Studios artist and a dear friend of Artstra; her love of art and caring heart will not be forgotten, and we hope this scholarship may help others on their creative journey
Thank you to Christine’s family and to all of Christine’s loved ones who have already donated.
Artstra board members Jean LaCrosse & LaRae Zawodny, 2019 Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Morgan & Judy Rose visiting Christine Rice’s studio in 2019.