Portland Open Studios Tour is two weekends, October 11, 12 and 18, 19, 10 am to 5 pm. Art studios are open both weekends and this annual event allows the public to interact with artists in their natural habitat and studio space.

Ever been curious about what moves an artist to work the way they do? Visitors can watch molten glass or fine porcelain stretch into a vessel, imagine a landscape moments before it is painted and learn about the mysterious process of artistic creation experiencing creative focus firsthand. Discover new materials, learn about ancient techniques, Your inner artist will be encouraged to persue its heart’s desire. Studios are all around town and many SE artists are featured.

Tickets are included with a $5 Map-Only Ticket a $20 purchase for the Full-Color Tour Guide Calendar and this year there’s an iPhone and Android App for $10. Children under 18 free. Maps are available from participating artists, New Seasons, Collage, Muse Art and I’ve Been Framed, as well as many local independent art stores listed on www.portlandopenstudios.com.