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.)
2. Many artists will have work available for purchase, but they're unlikely to take plastic—plan accordingly.
3. Not just any hoo-haw can be a stop on the tour: An independent panel selected all 96 participating artists.
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.
5. Some of these artists have spent weeks preparing their studios for your visit. Be courteous, and remember to wipe your feet.