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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The Art of the Wild

The Art of the Wild

Virginia Woolf

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.

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

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Career Opportunity

Education and Outreach Manager

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Gallery Manager

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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 1-31

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


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


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


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 24th at 7:30PM

Sam Baker in Concert

Sam recently appeared with Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” and Rolling Stone magazine named his latest CD, Say Grace, as one of their top 10 country albums of 2013.

Learn More: Sam Baker in Concert

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 12th at 7:00PM

Hood River BIG ART Walking Tour

The Hood River BIG ART Walking Tour inspires public engagement through art and creates a sense of place, optimism, and discussion throughout the Gorge. Most importantly, it is accessible to everyone.

Learn More: BIG ART Walking Tour

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

October - March at 7:00pm

Sense of Place Lecture Series

Sense of Place is an annual lecture series produced by Gorge Owned that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one another. Lectures explore the natural history, cultural history, art, and other humanities-related topics. Gorge Owned is a member-supported organization helping people invest in a strong local economy, healthy environment and vibrant community.

Learn More: Sense of Place Lecture Series

October 13th at 7:30pm

Isabel Suppé Book Talk - Starry Night

A profoundly inspirational presentation by Isabel Suppé based on her book which has been shortlisted for the 2013 Boardman Tasker Prize for "outstanding contributions to outdoor literature". It is also a tale of survival, passion, and overcoming adversity that has been touring the US, Canada, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, and Spain.

Learn More: Isabel Suppé Book Talk

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 Vaudeville Show

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