Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Alliance

Columbia Center
for the Arts

215 Cascade Street

PO Box 1543

Hood River, OR 97031

541-387-8877

Your Home for the Arts in the Columbia Gorge

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The Art of the Wild

The Art of the Wild

The Art of the Wild

The Art of the Wild

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. See previous versions of Plein Air Anthology online.

2013
 Plein Air Anthology

Did you miss out of the amazing line up of
Summer Art Classes? Check back after September 25 for information on fall classes.

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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Opportunities

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

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Events Calendar

Career Opportunity

Education and Outreach Manager


Learn More: Education and Outreach Manager


Art Gallery

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

August 4-27

Artists Nook: Lynee Sapere

Lynee Sapere is an emerging painter whose artwork is featured in galleries and shows in California, Washington and Oregon. For Lynee “creating” is not so much a building-up process as a paring down. She seeks to edit and extract simple natural beauty from the infinite possibilities that surround us and to express the essence of the subject captured at a moment in time.
Learn more: Lynee Sapere

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

Theatre

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

Theatre

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

October 9th - 18th at various times

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

CAST Theater season opens on October 9th with Edward Albee’s classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” directed by Deborah Langlois. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is considered one of America’s greatest plays. It won a Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for the best play in 1963.

Learn More: Virginia Woolf

Theatre

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 at 7:30 PM

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

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

Oct 22nd at 7:30 p.m.

Spirit of the Forest: Taylor Lockwood

Experience the passion of the world’s leading mushroom photographer, when Columbia Center for the Arts presents Taylor Lockwood and Spirit of the Forest on Oct. 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Travel with Taylor across the globe to hunt and find the most beautiful bioluminescent mushrooms in countries such as Brazil, China, Madagascar, New Zealand, Australia, and America.

Learn More: Spirit of the Forest

Oct 25th at 7:30 p.m.

Hokum Pokum

Hokum Pokum is the musical duo of Ben Bonham and Madame Betz Oslund (with Ronnie Ontiveros on Bass and Dennis Williams on clarinet, both of the Hapa Hillbillies, for this special show.) playing long forgotten gems that are right up your alley!!

Learn More: Hokum Pokum