Every fall, while the vineyards of Yamhill Valley are busy harvesting grapes, a local group of visual artists harvests works of art. This year marks the 24th annual Art Harvest Studio Tour, a free exhibition and self-guided tour where visitors to the Yamhill County area can come see and experience the best art of the season.
The event began in 1993, when an organization of visual artists opened their studios to the public for the first annual Art Harvest Studio Tour. Since then, thousands of visitors have come to the county to watch studio demonstrations, meet the artists and purchase their work. Put on by a team of hardworking volunteers, the tour is made possible by a group of local sponsors as well as a grant from the Collins Foundation.
“The artists have donated countless volunteer hours and open their studios as ambassadors for the Yamhill County artistic community,” said 2016 Tour Coordinator Cassie Sollars. “Our efforts are dedicated to making connections between the visual arts community and the public and to provide an opportunity for visitors to meet artists in their working environment.”
This year’s tour opens on September 30, and runs for two weekends, with more than thirty local artists opening their studio doors to visitors at venues such as Currents Gallery and Pacific Frame & Gallery in McMinnville, Pulp & Circumstance and the Cusick Picture Frame in Newberg and the Lawrence Gallery in Sheridan.
An exhibition featuring work from all 39 artists runs until October 15 at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg. Media showcased in the exhibition ranges from photography and painting to pottery and sculpture, all produced in studios from nearby towns including Newberg, Dundee, McMinnville, Amity, Carlton, Sherican and Willamina. Many of these original works portray the natural beauty of the local landscape as well as the realities of small town life.
In addition to casual visits and in order to introduce both children and adults to the visual arts, many studios are also open midweek this year on October 6, 7 and 8 for scheduled educational demonstrations. Many artists will offer hands-on experiences that show the creative process as well as the environment of a working artist in Yamhill County.
September 30, October 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 2016
Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 10am-6pm
ART HARVEST STUDIO TOUR EXHIBITION
Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg
August 16 – October 15
For more information, visit artharveststudiotour.org