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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Susannah mars

What do you see?

The Good Body

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

Art Gallery Assistant

Columbia Center for the Arts is seeking a Summer Assistant who can assist in a variety of capacities. Responsibilities will include art retail sales, customer service, inventory documentation, and other clerical services. This is an entry level position perfect for someone interested in learning more about how a nonprofit gallery works.

Learn More: Art Gallery Assistant

Career Opportunity

Marketing Manager

In support of the mission and the goals of the Columbia Center for the Arts, the Marketing Manager works in conjunction with the Executive Director, CCA Staff, the committees and various other stakeholders to create and implement a comprehensive, integrated marketing strategy that reflects the mission and values of the company and achieves institutional audience development goals.

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May 31st

C'est Si Bon, An Elegant Evening
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Susannah Mars will present a cabaret concert combining her acting and musical talents and our audience will enjoy an elegant assortment of hors d’oeuvre’s courtesy of Ben Stenn and his team from Celilo.
Learn more: C'est Si Bon

Artist Call Deadline: May 29th 2014

Artist Call: The Best of the Gorge

The Best of the Gorge exhibition will run June 6th-29th. This show will celebrate and reward the best art work produced by mid-Columbia residents. We will have significant prizes to award to the best works, all media are invited, from drawing and painting to glass and ceramics to sculpture and mixed media.
Learn More: Artist Call: The Best of the Gorge

Artist Call Deadline: June 15th 2014

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

April 4th - 27th

What Do You See When You Look at Me?

For the first time ever, kids take over the gallery. The show is a culmination of a six week pilot project entitled "Collective Voices-Exploring Personal Narratives".
Learn More: What Do You See When...

April 4th - 27th

The Nook Gallery: Janet Essley

We welcome mixed media artist Janet Essley this month in The Nook Gallery.
Learn More: Janet Essley

May 2 - June 1

Pushing Reality Photography Contest, Exhibition & Sale

This year's show features 40 photographs that go beyond the traditional landscape and scenery photography.
Learn More: Pushing Reality

May 2 - June 1

The Nook Gallery: Cleo Sterling

We welcome oil painter, Cleo Sterling this month in The Nook Gallery.
Learn More: Cleo Sterling

June 5-29

Project Day Shoot!

On July 15, 2013, over 150 photographers and videographers set out across Oregon to capture twenty-four hours of life in our state. From the top of Mount Hood to Hells Canyon, from land, sea and air, the participants of Project Dayshoot+30 collected thousands of images that, taken together, form a self-portrait of Oregon.
Learn More: Project Day Shoot

May 24th & 25th

Spring Art Sale!

We're cleaning house and you'll get a great deal on Art priced to sell.
Learn More: Spring Art Sale

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


April 12,13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Acting Workshop with
Sharon Laughlin

Improve Your Acting Skills with accomplished actress Sharon Laughlin. This is a rare opportunity for adults to improve their acting skills through gesture and voice ... the only tools an actor has to communicate with the audience.
Learn More: Sharon Laughlin

June 25th

Watercolor Self Portrait Workshop with Rene Eisenbart

This one day event covers the basics for painting a portrait, using you as the subject. It’s easy to take risks when working with your own image — after all, you only have yourself to please! So you can experiment to your heart's content.
Learn More: Rene Eisenbart

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 ClubTheatre

May 8th-10th, 15th-17th at 7:30 PM and 11th at 2:00 PM

The Good Body by Eve Ensler, directed by Judie Hanel

The Good Body starts with Eve’s tortured relationship with her own “post-forties” stomach and her skirmishes with everything from Ab Rollers to fad diets and fascistic trainers in an attempt get the “flabby badness” out. As Eve hungrily seeks self-acceptance, she is joined by the voices of women from L.A. to Kabul, whose obsessions are also laid bare.
Learn More: The Good Body

May 18th and 20th

Auditions for the staged reading of In the Next Room by Sarah Ruhl

Columbia Center for the Arts announces auditions for the CAST staged reading of Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room or the vibrator play, a comedy about marriage, intimacy, electricity, and the alternating currents of desire.

Learn More: In the Next Room

June 20-21

Staged Reading of In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Tom Burns

In the Next Room or the vibrator play is a comedy about marriage, intimacy, electricity, and the alternating currents of desire.
Learn More: In the Next Room

June 27th - 30th 2014

WAIT LIST IS NOW OPEN FOR...Theatre Roadtrip to Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Join Columbia Center for the Arts as we travel to Ashland, Oregon June 27th-30th 2014 to experience the Oregon Shakespeare Festival! See three great performances, stay at the lovely Ashland Springs Hotel and travel by private coach.

Learn More: Oregon Shakespeare Festival

July 10-13 and 17-19

Urinetown, a musical

Over ten years ago, Urinetown made a big splash on Broadway. this darkly comic meta-musical which tells of a dystopian society in which everyone must pay a tax in order to use the bathroom, wins the audience over by the end of the first show tune.

Learn More: UrinetownTheatre

April 22nd

The Clean Bin Project

Gorge Grown and The Center present the film The Clean Bin Project, an award-winning documentary film that looks at our "throw-away society."
Learn More: The Clean Bin Project

April 23rd

Mt. Hood Independent Film Series:
Best of Kid's Films

Watch what these amazing young film makers contributed to our very own Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival this past November.

Learn More: Best of Kid's Films

April 26th

Art of Movement

This event will showcase a wide range of dance and movement available in the Columbia Gorge.  

Learn More: Art of Movement

May 3rd

Creativity Lab: Self Publishing with out Tears

Author & publisher Ron Lovell and actor & screenwriter Nick Sharma will present a guide to publishing and marketing books, from manuscript to finished product.
Learn More: Self Publishing with out Tears

May 21st

Author Talk: Mt Hood National Forest by Cheryl Hill

The book chronicles the history from its beginnings in 1908 as the Oregon National Forest, its renaming to Mount Hood National Forest in 1924 and to its current standing as a beloved area comprised of more than a million acres.

Learn More: Author Talk

May 24th

Cormac and His Comrades

Phoenix Theatre performs a new play about a young man's quest to find work to support his ailing mother.
Learn More: Cormac and His Comrades

May 28th

Mt. Hood Independent Film Series:

Veeps: Profiles in Insignificance is the story of Bill and Wayne — two middle-aged men in search of their American dream, their lives at a disappointing stall.
Learn More: VEEPS

May 29th

Exploring Antioquia Whitewater Kayaking-First Descents in Colombia with Todd Wells and Eric Parker

In the fall of 2013 eight elite kayakers from around the world undertook a most epic whitewater kayaking expedition in the heart of central Colombia.
Learn More: Exploring Antioquia

June 2nd Registration Deadline

48 Hour Film Project

The Columbia Gorge 48 Hour Film Project invites all filmmakers, from first-timers to experienced crews, for their second annual short film competition in early June. Participants will be given a list of requirements for their films and must then plan, shoot, edit and submit a 4 to 7 minute film in only 48 hours.

Learn More: 48 hour Film Project