Carolyn Drake Carolyn Drake

1. For two weekends in October, a diverse range of artists will open their workplaces to the public, from painters to potters to hat makers. (Well, one hat maker.)

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2. Many artists will have work available for purchase, but they're unlikely to take plastic—plan accordingly.

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3. Not just any hoo-haw can be a stop on the tour: An independent panel selected all 96 participating artists.

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4. Because we live in the future, Portland Open Studios has iPhone and Android apps available, in addition to a physical map, to help navigate studios in all five quadrants of the city.

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5. Some of these artists have spent weeks preparing their studios for your visit. Be courteous, and remember to wipe your feet.