First Annual Astoria Open Studio Tour July 30-31

Isabelle Johnston-Haist
Isabelle Johnston-Haist, sculptor

On Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, 33 Astoria-area artists will open their studios to the public.  The event is sponsored by Astoria Visual Arts and is Astoria’s first city-wide studio tour, designed to showcase the scope and variety of artwork that is produced here.  The event is entirely free to the public. Self-guided maps for the tour, which will include images and descriptions of the art at each location, will be available in mid-July at RiverSea Gallery, Old Town Framing, Dots ‘N Doodles, Lightbox Gallery, Cargo, Astoria Public Library, and KALA@HIPFiSHmonthly.

Studios are in 18 locations around Astoria, with one studio located in nearby Svensen.  Some studios are in private homes, some above storefronts downtown, and others in businesses located downtown, including Dots ‘N Doodles on Marine Drive. The artists will have their studios open both days of the tour from 10 am to 4 pm. Painting, ceramics, fiber art, sculpture, assemblage, wearable art – a wide range of items in various media will available for viewing and purchase

Artists participating in the studio tour include noted Astoria artists such as Darren Orange, Noel Thomas, and Sheila Brown, as well as artists new to Astoria, such as Charles Schweigert, Roxanne Turner, and Isabelle Johnston-Haist. Two well-known local artists, Greg Darms and Susan Darms, will open their popular studio in Svensen.

“Astoria Visual Arts has been actively promoting the arts in Astoria for over 20 years, but this is our first bicentennial!  As part of the year-long celebration of Astoria’s history and culture, 33 local artists invite you into their creative space. Please join us on July 30th and 31st for this very special art event.”

Participating artists include:  Sally Bailey, Vicki Baker, Susan Bish, Louise Birkenfeld, Sheila Brown, Chris Bryant , Shirley Dahlsten, Greg Darms, Susan Darms, Lori Durheim, Agnes Field, Judith Fredrikson, Mary Ann Gantenbein, Ireta Sitts Graube, Jane E. Herrold, Jeannean Hibbitts, K. A. Hughes, Debbie Janssen, Isabelle Johnston-Haist, Sally Lackaff, Gin Laughery, Linden, Joan Masat, Darren Orange, Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, Kimberly Reed, Jessica Schleif, Charles Schweigert, Cheryl Silverblatt, Margaret Thierry, Noel Thomas, Roxanne Turner, Ellen Zimet.