Rip will be participating in the West Columbia Gorge Fall Studio Tour this coming weekend. This will be a great opportunity to visit the gallery and Rip’s studio.

Fall Foliage Studio Tour 2012 event is a free, self-guided event sponsored by the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce. See Mother Nature’s finest work as she and artists throughout the area create with the magic of nature and inspiration! Enjoy a historic and spectacular scenic journey as you experience our communities and meet the artists who live and create here. Awe-inspiring views will surround you as you meander through the Gateway to the Columbia River Gorge visiting the artists as they work in their studios! Part of the Fall Foliage Open Studio Tour includes a passport card which art-goers pick up at the Exhibition Gallery or from the chamber’s Troutdale location. Art-goers present their passport cards to each studio they visit. The artist then initials them, and the visitors leave their passports with the last studio artist or at the Exhibition Gallery. Passports will be entered into a drawing for 5 beautiful metalized leaves. The more studios visited, the better the chance of winning.

The event begins with the opening of the Exhibition Gallery in Fairview on Saturday, October 13. The gallery location at 1515 NE Village Street in Fairview, OR will be open daily 11am to 5pm, October 13 through the 21st. Samples of each artist’s work will be on display October 13 through the 21st. Friday evening, October 19, at 6 pm there will be a gala opening at the Exhibition Gallery to meet the artists and mingle with other art enthusiasts as they sample hors d’oeuvres. The silent auction will continue through the evening. Guests will bid on their favorite leaf-themed art pieces and cast their votes for the “people’s choice” award.

The Tour
Artists’ studios will be open 11am-5pm daily both Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21. The Exhibition Gallery closes Sunday, October 21, at 5 pm with a cast party at 6 pm featuring the artists. The “People’s Choice” award and “Passport” prizes will be awarded at this time. Greet the artists one last time as we celebrate and share our adventures. Next year’s Exhibition Gallery will be in Cascade Locks, OR.

Leaf-Themed Auction
To raise money for subsequent studio tours, each participating artist has created and donated a leaf-themed piece of art. The pieces will be displayed at the Exhibition Gallery all week and final bids will be accepted until 9 pm at the end of the gala event the evening of October 19.