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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June 22-August 13: Summer Art ExperiencesSummer Art Experiences

May in the Theatre: Good People,
by David Lindsay Abaire and Directed by Judie HanelGood People

May in the Gallery: Human NatureHuman Nature

May in the Nook: Nick BielemeierMay in the Nook

Select Tuesdays, 9:30am:
Exloring Embroidery with Kristina HinchliffTuesday Embroidery

May 2-3, 9am-4pm: Next-Level Pastels, with Karen WatsonNext-Level Pastels

May 6, 6-9pm: Maureen Lauran,
An Introduction to Making BooksIntroduction to Making Books

May 16-17 & 23-24: Acting Workshop with Sharon LaughlinSharon Laughlin

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

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

July 9-12: Ashland Road TripAshland Road Trip

Now accepting submissions!MHFF

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

April 3-27

April in the Gallery

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

April 3-27

Artists' Nook: Judi Baker

Judi Baker learned to love photography from her parents who documented their world travels with cameras.  During her own travels, Judi enjoys learning about new lands and their cultures.
Learn more: Artists' Nook - Judi Baker

May 1-31

Human Nature

Eleven local and regional artists participate in the May show: "Human Nature." The artists have produced work in a wide variety of mediums and styles, inspired by the concept of Human Nature.
Learn more: Human Nature

May 1-31

Artists' Nook: Nick Bielemeier

Photographer Nick Bielemeier combines his love of the outdoors and nature with new techniques in digital photography to produce fresh and vibrant images. Nick's passion has always been to create photos of the scenic beauty and rich history here in the Columbia Gorge and the Hood River Valley.
Learn more: Artists' Nook - Nick Bielemeier

August 7-30

11th Annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event

We are gearing up for an exciting 11th year of the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event at CCA! This juried show includes demos, artist gatherings, and plenty of opportunity to paint the beautiful outdoors in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. There will be over $3000 of prizes awarded to the winners. 
Learn more: Plein Air 2015


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

May 2-3, 9am-4pm

Karen Watson, Next-Level Pastels

In this workshop, Karen Watson will help students who already have some experience with pastels take their paintings to the next level. We'll revisit a few basics and then jump into exploring creative combinations of color, with special attention to value relationships. Karen will also help students finesse and hone their application techniques. 

Learn More: Next-Level Pastels

May 6, 6-9pm

Maureen Lauran, Introduction to Making Books

This class will explore the  basics of making three kinds of books: (1) a single-sheet book, (2) a single-section pamphlet book and (3) an accordion book. We will also investigate other enhancements such as adding simple pop-up elements, or creating "flag" books and shadow or tunnel books.

Learn More: Introduction to Making Books

May 16-17 & 23-24, 1-3pm

Acting Workshop with Sharon Laughlin

Accomplished actress Sharon Laughlin leads this small, intense workshop based on the Delsarte Technique. Adult actors will improve their acting skills using voice and gesture.

Learn More: Sharon Laughlin Workshop

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


May 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, & 23 at 7:30pm; May 10 & 17 at 2pm

Good People, by David Lindsay Abaire and directed by Judie Hanel

In South Boston, gossiping and bustin' chops is the name of the game. Good People is a funny, tough and tender story about the insurmountable class divide. This play from Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abairelooks at the extraordinary consequences of choosing to hold on to the past or leave it behind.

Learn More: Good People

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