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

March 31: Last Day to Apply to Plein Air 2015Plein Air 2015

March 31, 9:30am: Exloring Embroidery with Kristina HinchliffTuesday Embroidery

April 1-2, 7pm: Auditions for Next to NormalNext to Normal

April in the Gallery: Luminous Yellow: A Color ShowLuminous Yellow

April in the Nook: Judi BakerApril in the Nook

April 6-11: MCT presents Blackbeard the PirateBlackbeard

April 7, 7pm: Dana Lyons, Environmental TroubadourDana Lyons

April 10-12: Qiang Huang, Basics of Oil PaintingQiang Huang

April 15, 6:30pm: Peter Marbach &
Janet Cook, Book Signing & TalkMarbach

April 26, 9am-Noon: Chasing the Light:
6 Simple Steps to the Art of Landscape Photography

with Peter Marbach & Brian ChambersChasing The Light

April 17, 8pm: TriptheDark Dance Company: "I Carried a Watermelon": A Dirty Dancing StoryTriptheDark

April 18, 6pm: Internet Cat Video FestivalInternet Cat Video Festival

April 22, 7pm: An Earth Day Celebration:
Sustainability Awards, The Great Wolf Divide, & DiscussionThe Great Wolf Divide

April 25, 4pm & 7:30pm: The Art of Movement

May 2-3, 9am-4pm: Next-Level Pastels, with Karen WatsonNext-Level PastelsMay 6, 6-9pm: Maureen Lauran,
An Introduction to Making BooksIntroduction to Making Books

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

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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

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

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

April 26, 9-Noon

Peter Marbach & Brian Chambers, Chasing the Light Photography Workshop

Join Hood River photographers Peter Marbach and Brian Chambers for an inspiring and educational morning designed to help you learn the fundamentals of great landscape photography. This class is suitable as an introduction to the fundamentals of digital outdoor photography and for advanced amateurs.

Learn More: Photography Workshop

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

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


April 1-2, 7pm

Auditions for Next to Normal

CAST Theater announces auditions for the upcoming summer musical Next to Normal on April 1-2, at 7pm, in the HRVHS Music Room, with director Mark Steighner. Six roles will be cast.

Learn More: Next to Normal

April 6-11

Missoula Children's Theatre presents Blackbeard the Pirate

Blackbeard the Pirate is part of Missoula Children's Theatre's unique international touring project and is presented locally by CAST Theater and Columbia Center for the Arts. MCT is a fun and focused, week-long theatre experience. Productions are complete with costumes, scenery and makeup.

Learn More: Blackbeard the Pirate

April 22, 7pm

An Earth Day Celebration: Sustainability Awards, The Great Wolf Divide, & Discussion

Gorge Owned presents the Sustainability Champion Awards, followed by CCA and the Wolf Education and Research Center's screening of The Great Wolf Divide and a discussion about wolves in Oregon.

Learn More: Earth Day Celebration

April 25, 4pm & 7:30pm

The Art of Movement

Columbia Center for the Arts and Columbia Gorge Dance Academy present a celebration of local dance in a wide variety of styles, including lindy hop, salsa, hip hop, tap, performance yoga, and more.

Learn More: The Art of Movement

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


April 7, 7pm

Environmental Troubadour Dana Lyons

Singer, song-writer Dana Lyons performs his eclectic mix of conservation and social justice music at Hood River's Columbia Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, April 7 at 7pm.  Dana's concert is a benefit for the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute.

Learn More:Dana Lyons

April 15, 6:30pm

Peter Marbach & Janet Cook, Book Signing & Talk

Peter and Janet will be signing their new book, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, starting at 6:30. At 7pm. Peter will give a presentation on his favorite wild areas in the Columbia River Gorge area.

Learn More: Peter Marbach & Janet Cook

April 17, 8pm

"I Carried A Watermelon": a Dirty Dancing Story by TriptheDark Dance Company

"I Carried A Watermelon": A Dirty Dancing Story, by Portland dance company TriptheDark, is equal parts homage and irreverence: everything you always loved about Dirty Dancing, and everything you didn't know it was missing.

Learn More: "I Carried a Watermelon"

April 18, 6pm

Internet Cat Video Festival

Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue and Columbia Center for the Arts proudly present the Internet Cat Video Festival from the Walker ARt Museum. Doors open at 6pm for activities including a raffle, face painting, cat photo contest, local cat videos, silent auction, and more.

Learn More: Internet Cat Video Festival

April 22, 7:30

The Great Wolf Divide Screening & Discussion

CCA and the Wolf Education and Research Center honor Earth day with a screening of Sawtooth Legacy Films' The Great Wolf Divide, followed by a discussion about wolves in Oregon..

Learn More: The Great Wolf Divide

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