Arts of Clark County is presenting its 3rd annual Open Studios tour this fall. Artists and artisans throughout the county will open their doors to the public Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15, from 10am to 5pm. Clark County Open Studios is a free, self-guided tour where local artists share how, why and where their art is created.

“This is a unique opportunity to visit artists, get inspired and shop local,” says director Jennifer Williams. “It’s rare to get such a personal view into artists’ lives and work environments. And you might just find something you love that you’ll take home with you.”

On Open Studios weekend, you’ll find artists working in studios that range from repurposed barns and cottages to custom-designed urban spaces. Visitors can learn first-hand about techniques in painting, printmaking, sculpture, glass, wood, ceramic, jewelry, fiber arts, and photography.

With such wide ranging locations and diverse works of art, you’ll want to plan your tour so you’re sure to hit the studios on your must-see list. Printed guides will be available at the First Friday preview show and at each artist’s studio during the tour weekend. You can also view or print your own guide, access a custom Google map showing studio locations and suggested routes or learn more about each artist—all from the event website at ccopenstudios.org.

Open Studios offers a new experience each year. The juried selection process limits the number of artists to 50 and, with more and more artists applying, roughly half the artists participating this fall are new to the event. 2015 jurors were Jeannine Grafton, owner of RiverSea Gallery in Astoria and Blake Shell, director of The Art Gym at Marylhurst University (and former director of the Archer Gallery at Clark College). Each brought her own perspective to the selection process.

For an advance look at this year’s Open Studios art and artists, everyone is welcome to attend the Preview Exhibit and Artists’ Reception hosted by North Bank Gallery, 1005 Main St. in Vancouver from 5pm to 9pm on Friday, November 6th as part of First Friday Art Walk. “So come join us and celebrate local creativity,” says Williams. “Have fun meeting the artists, pick up a guidebook, and plan your own tour for the following weekend.”