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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Join us on Columbia Art’s 8th annual trip departing on Thursday, July 9th and returning on Sunday, July 12th by coach.