Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Alliance

Columbia Center
for the Arts

215 Cascade Street

PO Box 1543

Hood River, OR 97031


Your Home for the Arts in the Columbia Gorge

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Pacific Northwest Plein Air Writing Anthology

Just in time for Plein Air 2014, go back and review the wonderful imagery created by the writers from Plein Air 2013. The writing anthology is now online.

 Plein Air Anthology

The Inspired Garden

Register Now. Don't miss Summer Art Experiences.

Summer Art Experiences

mt. hood independent film festival

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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Get updated monthly on art and entertainment events at the center by signing up for our eNewsletter.  It's only sent once a month, so it's not a nuisance ... and it's a great way to stay connected with what's happening with arts in the Gorge.


Career Opportunity: We currently have several career opportunities, learn More.

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Events Calendar

Art Gallery

July 4th-27th

The Inspired Garden

Join us First Friday, July 4th from 6 - 8 p.m. with music from Ben Bonham.
Learn More: The Inspired Garden

July 4-27

Artists Nook: Christine Knowles

My goal is to convey my love of nature using theories of abstract painting. My focus is on shape and color and the impact of atmosphere on the shape and color of familiar forms. I work in pastel and watercolor and sometimes combine the two.
Learn more: Christine Knowles

August 1-31

Art of the Wild

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Columbia Center for the Arts and Mt. Adams Ranger District of the Forest Service present an art show titled Art of the Wild Celebrating 50 Years of the Wilderness Act.
Learn more: Art of the Wild

Opens September 5

Northwest Plein Air 2014

We are thrilled to announce the 2014 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibition.  This year, we are celebrating 10 years of showcasing art created en plein air in the Columbia River Gorge. 
Learn More: Plein Air 2014

Plein Air Writing
Call for Writers

Click here to register for this years Plein Air Writing event.
Learn More: Plein Air 2014


June, July and August

Summer Art Experience

Give your child an art-filled summer. Check the website in a week to see the great line-up of classes!
Learn More: Summer Art Experience

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

Every 2nd and 4th Friday, 9am-12pm

Life and Portrait Drawing

You’re invited to attend our Drawer’s Club in the Studio. Paint or draw from a live model. All skill levels are welcome. We’ll provide the model, easels and tables; you bring your art supplies and enjoy honing your skills.

Learn More: Life & Portrait Drawing Club

October 5, 12, 19
November 2, 9, 14, 15, 16

The Art of the Personal Narrative

Are you ready to discover your story and share it with the world? Portland Story Theater is delighted to bring our workshop, The Art of Personal Narrative, to the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.

Learn More: The Art of the Personal Narrative


July 10-13 and 17-19

Urinetown, a musical

Over ten years ago, Urinetown made a big splash on Broadway. this darkly comic meta-musical which tells of a dystopian society in which everyone must pay a tax in order to use the bathroom, wins the audience over by the end of the first show tune.

Learn More: Urinetown

July 27th and 28th at 6PM

Auditions for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Columbia Center for the Arts and CAST Theater announce auditions for Edward Albee’s 1963 Tony Award-winning play, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” . Auditions are being held in the theatre on July 27th and July 28th at 6:00 p.m.

Learn More: Virginia Woolf

September 7th at 3:30pm & 6:30pm
& 8th at 6PM

Auditions for “It’s a Wonderful Life”

The “Golden Days of Radio” will come alive during CAST’s holiday production of “It’s a Wonderful Life - The Radio Play,” by Philip Grecian, based on the film by Frank Capra. The play, will theatrically return us to the 1940’s for an authentic radio broadcast before live studio audience.

Learn More: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

September 27th at 7:30pm

Portland Story Theater "Urban Tellers"

This is a place where people gather to hear the real, true stories of complete strangers. And something magical happens, something beyond entertainment. Urban Tellers offers an experience that makes people feel a part of something, s­­omething good, connected.

Learn More: Urban Tellers


August 13th at 7:00PM

Mark Harvey Slideshow Lecture

Columbia Center for the Arts is honored to bring Mark Harvey for a slideshow lecture presentation on August 13th at 7:00 p.m. This presentation is sponsored by the National Forest Service and is being presented as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Wilderness Act and in conjunction with the Art in the Wild show.

Learn More: Mark Harvey Slideshow Lecture

August 20th

William O. Douglas Presentation

John Concillo presents a video/lecture on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the works of William O. Douglas, Supreme Court Justice and Wilderness Act Advocate. Concillo’s presentation includes a short video and lecture on the work and life of Douglas long-time Trout Lake, Washington resident.

Learn More: William O. Douglas Presentation

August 23rd at 7:00PM

Christina Rusnak Performance

Christina's performance explores the idea of natural process through the lens of the 2012 fire that ravaged part of Mt Adams. As the only aural artist of Art in the Wild, Christina will discuss, how composers interpret the landscape aurally instead of visually.

Learn More: Christina Rusnak Performance

August 27th at 7:30PM

The Greatest Good

Columbia Center for the Arts is proud to show the film The Greatest Good: A Forest Service Centennial Film as part of our monthly film series. In honor of the month long celebration of Art in the Wild and the 50th anniversary of the wilderness act.

Learn More: The Greatest Good

September 6th at 7:30PM

Amber Charms

Showcasing a selection of award-winning performers and internationally acclaimed artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, Amber Charms displays traditional and contemporary interpretations of the ancient art form known as belly dance.

Learn More: Amber Charms

September 19th & 20th at 7:00PM

Too Much Coffee Man Opera

Columbia Center for the Arts and Maryhill Museum team up to present a zany, hilarious, and romantic tribute to the wonders of coffee bordering on the fantastical. Running just two nights Sept. 19th & 20th, Too Much Coffee Man Opera is based on the comic character of Shannon Wheeler, with music by Emmy-Winning composer Daniel Steven Crafts.

Learn More: Too Much Coffee Man Opera