Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Alliance

Columbia Center
for the Arts

215 Cascade Avenue

PO Box 1543

Hood River, OR 97031


Your Home for the Arts in the Columbia Gorge

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March in the Gallery: Fine Feathered FriendsFine Feathered Friends

In the Nook: Bill Sturman's Watercolor PaintingsBill Sturman

March 4, 7pm: Go! Sense of Place LectureSense of Place

March 6-14, 7:30pm:
Two for One: An Evening of Classic One-Acts


March 11-12, 7pm: LunafestLunafest

March 20-22: Columbia High School Drama Club
Presents Much Ado Out WestMuch Ado Out West

March 22, 10am: Patricia Varga, Introduction to Ebru Cloud ArtEbru

March 23-26: All-Arts Spring Break Theatre Camp Spring Break

March 28, 7:30pm: The Hapa Hillbillies Play ChaplinChaplin

March 31, 9:30am: Exloring Embroidery with Kristina HinchliffEmbroidery

April 1-2, 7pm: Auditions for Next to NormalNext to Normal

April 6-11: MCT presents Blackbeard the PirateBlackbeard

April 10-12: Qiang Huang, Basics of Oil PaintingQiang Huang

April 7, 7pm: Dana Lyons, Environmental TroubadourDana Lyons

Fridays, 9am: Life & Portrait Drawing LabsLife & Portrait Drawing Labs

April 17, 8pm: TriptheDark Dance Company: "I Carried a Watermelon": A Dirty Dancing StoryTriptheDark

April 18, 6pm: Internet Cat Video FestivalInternet Cat Video Festival

Now online: 2014 Plein Air Wrtiting AnthologyPlein Air Writing Anthology

Thursdays, 9am: Oil Painting with Cathleen RehfeldCathleen Rehfeld Oil Painting

April 22: The Great Wolf Divide Screening
& Discussion, 7:30pmThe Great Wolf Divide

July 9-12: Ashland Road TripAshland Road Trip

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Who We Are

Columbia Center for the Arts is a non-profit community arts center that offers both art and entertainment — theatrical performances, visual arts, dance, concerts, lectures, film, and more.

Our mission is to cultivate the arts in the Columbia Gorge by providing experiences that touch the heart, challenge the intellect and spark conversation.

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Events Calendar

Art Gallery

March 3–30

Fine Feathered Friends

It's all things avian in the Gallery, where the upcoming Fine Feathered Friends exhibition during the month of March will feature art and events all related to birds.
Learn more: Fine Feathered Friends

March 3–30

Artists' Nook: Bill Sturman

Bill Sturman's watercolors in The Nook draw from the full breadth of subject matter he is currently exploring, from intimate close-ups of nature's beauty to landscapes to abstracts based on the natural world.
Learn more: Bill Sturman

April 3-27

Coming in April: Luminous Yellow

A challenge to all Gallery Artists to explore the color YELLOW - the most luminous color in the spectrum.  Think lemon, sunshine, daffodil, and gold, and all the visual and symbolic ways that yellow manifests in our contemporary world.
Learn more: Luminous Yellow


March 22, 10am-1pm

Introduction to Ebru Cloud Art: Marbling and the Creative Process

Inspired by the ancient art of Ebru, or "cloud art," this workshop is unique approach to jump-starting one’s imagination, taking participants on their own journeys of creativity, where the product is creative expression—and 8–10 pieces of marbled paper.
Learn More: Ebru "Cloud Art"

March 23-26

All-Arts Spring Break Theatre Camp

All kinds of artists are needed for a great performance, from writers and musicians to visual artists and dancers--and of course, the actors and crew. This camp will give students the opportunity to engage with all forms of art as they bring a favorite book to the stage.

Learn More: All-Arts Spring Break Theatre Camp

March 31, April 14 & 28, May 12 & 26

Exploring Embroidery

Tuesdays this spring, join Kristina Hinchliff to learn and practice handwork techniques. Whether you're an artist who has never picked up needle and thread, an embroiderer who's never been into an art center, or are simply looking for a creative outlet, this is the workshop for you!
Learn More: Exploring Embroidery

April 10 – 12, 2015

Qiang Huang Three-day basics of oil painting workshop

Qiang’s approaches to still-life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic setups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas.
Learn More: Qiang Huang

Every Friday, 9am-12pm

Life & Portrait Drawing Labs

Please join us in the studio Friday mornings, 9-noon, to draw, paint, or sculpt from a live model. We’ll provide the model, easels and tables; you bring your art supplies and enjoy honing your skills. All skill levels are welcome.
Learn More: Life & Portrait Drawing Labs

Every Thursday, 9am-12pm

Oil Painting with Cathleen Rehfeld

This oil painting class is designed for novices and experts alike. Cathleen's techniques are meant to meet every artist wherever you are in your painting journey.

Learn More: Cathleen Rehfeld


March 6-14

Two for One: An Evening of Classic One-Acts

Columbia Center for the Arts proudly presents an evening of two classic one-acts: Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter and James McLure's Laundry & Bourbon.

Learn More: Two for One

March 20-22

Much Ado Out West

Columbia High School Drama Club Presents Much Ado Out West. This Western romp is inspired from Shakespeare's hilarious battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.

Learn More: Much Ado Out West

April 1-2, 7pm

Auditions for Next to Normal

CAST Theater announces auditions for the upcoming summer musical Next to Normal on April 1-2, at 7pm, in the HRVHS Music Room, with director Mark Steighner. Six roles will be cast.

Learn More: Next to Normal

April 6-11

Missoula Children's Theatre presents Blackbeard the Pirate

Blackbeard the Pirate is part of Missoula Children's Theatre's unique international touring project and is presented locally by CAST Theater and Columbia Center for the Arts. MCT is a fun and focused, week-long theatre experience. Productions are complete with costumes, scenery and makeup.

Learn More: Blackbeard the Pirate

July 9-12

‘Theatrical Road Trip’ to Ashland

Join us on Columbia Art’s 8th annual trip departing on Thursday, July 9th and returning on Sunday, July 12th by coach.

Learn More: Ashland Trip


March 4, 7pm

GO! Sense of Place Lecture: Michael McCloskey, Oregon's Special History in Conserving its Environment

Gorge Owned (GO!) invites you to learn about the roots of Oregon’s conservation movement from one of its earliest activists.

Learn More: Sense of Place

March 11-12, 7pm

Lunafest 2015

Presented by Hood River Soroptimist and CCA, this season’s program of eight selected films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community.

Learn More: Lunafest 2015

March 28, 7:30pm

The Hapa Hillbillies Play Chaplin

Columbia Center for the Arts presents the Hapa Hilbillies Play Chaplin: four early silent films with live music composed and performed by the Hapa Hillbillies with special guests.

Learn More: Hapa Hillbillies Play Chaplin

April 7, 7pm

Environmental Troubadour Dana Lyons

Singer, song-writer Dana Lyons performs his eclectic mix of conservation and social justice music at Hood River's Columbia Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, April 7 at 7pm.  Dana's concert is a benefit for the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute.

Learn More:Dana Lyons

April 17, 8pm

"I Carried A Watermelon": a Dirty Dancing Story by TriptheDark Dance Company

"I Carried A Watermelon": A Dirty Dancing Story, by Portland dance company TriptheDark, is equal parts homage and irreverence: everything you always loved about Dirty Dancing, and everything you didn't know it was missing.

Learn More: "I Carried a Watermelon"

April 18, 6pm

Internet Cat Video Festival

Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue and Columbia Center for the Arts proudly present the Internet Cat Video Festival from the Walker ARt Museum. Doors open at 6pm for activities including a raffle, face painting, cat photo contest, local cat videos, silent auction, and more.

Learn More: Internet Cat Video Festival

April 22, 7:30

The Great Wolf Divide Screening & Discussion

CCA and the Wolf Education and Research Center honor Earth day with a screening of Sawtooth Legacy Films' The Great Wolf Divide, followed by a discussion about wolves in Oregon..

Learn More: The Great Wolf Divide

Now online

Silent Applause of Butterflies: Plein Air Writing Anthology 2014

Download the anthology of the 2014 Plein Air Writing Exhibition and become inspired for this August!
Learn more: Plein Air Writing Anthology