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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In the Gallery: New Year, New WorksNew Year, New Works

The Nook Presents: Sally GilchristSally Gilchrist

Now online: 2014 Plein Air Wrtiting Anthology

Plein Air Writing Anthology

Adult Class: Splash Watercolor with Stephen Kleier
Kleier Workshop

January 28: One Small HitchOne Small Hitch

February in the Theatre: The Full MontyFull Monty

Adult Class: Bringing the Outdoors in with Eric Jacobsen


Life & Portrait Drawing LabsLife & Portrait Drawing Labs

March 2: Ronnie Cox: Songs, Stories, and Out and Out LiesRonnie Cox

Ashland Road TripAshland Road Trip

The Art of Professional Presentation, with Arthur DeBowArthur DeBow

Coming in March:
Two for One: An Evening of Classic One-ActsOne-Acts

All-Arts Spring Break Theatre Camp

Spring Break

Now accepting submissions!


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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Art Gallery

January 1-31

January Show - New Year, New Works

This January Columbia Center for the Arts celebrates New Year, New Works: the work of 10 local artists who were accepted into the CCA Gallery of artists last year. Each year, mid-Columbia artists "jury in" by submitting a portfolio of work that is evaluated by a committee of Gallery artists.
Learn more: New Year, New Works

December 1st - 31st

Artists Nook: Sally Gilchrist

Sally Gilchrist is a painter and printmaker inspired by forms in nature, the beauty and simplicity of silhouette, and the study of natural history.  Her series of linocuts are influenced by her experiences; the trips she takes, what she finds on her walks, and everyday objects we all use.
Learn more: Artists Nook - Sally Gilchrist

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

February 3 - March 3

Art A Day: A 30-Day Studio Challenge

Creativity meets discipline in the studio! We showcase the creative output of five Gallery Artists asked to meet the "Daily Challenge."
Learn more: Art a Day


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

January 24-25, 10-4:00

Splash Watercolor, with Stephen Kleier

Join Stephen Kleier for a two-day watercolor workshop that focuses on painting in a direct way that uses flowing washes and expressive brushwork to show watercolors' most beautiful and characteristic qualities.
Learn More: Splash Watercolor

February 7-8, 9-4:00

Bringing the Outdoors in, with Eric Jacobsen

Design beautiful landscapes in a studio environment using photo references and plein air studies. Highly awarded artist Eric Jacobsen will emphasize creating pathways and movements in your oil or acrylic paintings.
Learn More: Bringing the Outdoors In

February 28, 1-4:00

The Art of Professional Presentation, with Arthur DeBow

Are you displaying your art—and yourself—in the best light possible? If you wish to make the right impression to juries, galleries, and artists the first time around, this is an opportunity you can't afford to miss.
Learn More: The Art of Professional Presentation

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 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

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


January 18th-19th

Auditions for Good People

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Sides will be available in January at the gallery desk.

Learn More: Auditions for Good People

February 13th - 28th

"The Full Monty"

CAST Theater and Columbia Center for the Arts are pulling out all the stops this February when they bring The Full Monty to the stage.  The Full Monty is a story of a broke and out of work steelworker who finds inspiration after bumping into a male stripper. He and his equally desperate friends decide to give it their all – or rather show it all – to get rich quick.

Learn More: "The Full Monty"

March 6-14 , 2015

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

July 9th - 12th, 2015

‘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


Jan 28th at 7:30 p.m.

CCA presents Showcasing Outstanding Independent Film: One Small Hitch.

This romantic comedy follows friends Molly Mahoney and Josh Shiffman as they navigate coming home for her mother's wedding and their "engagement." $5.

Learn More: One Small Hitch

March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Ronnie Cox: Songs, Stories, and Out and Out Lies.

Columbia Center for the Arts proudly presents a very special evening with famous actor, writer, singer, songwriter Ronnie Cox.

Learn More: Ronnie Cox in concert