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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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
This June and July the Gallery will exhibit fabulous artwork submitted by mid-Columbia residents in a long-standing tradition of a juried exhibition showcasing the Best of the Gorge. This year's show will be juried by Jennifer Zika, Manager of the Portland Art Museum Sales and Rental Gallery.
Learn more: Best of the Gorge
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
In this workshop with award-winning Portland artist Rene Eisenbart, students will learn how to design a portrait that cannot be ignored, focusing on describing features accurately, knowing where to use ambiguity for greatest effect, and experimenting with unusual color pallettes, styles, and techniques.
Join award-winning plein air artist Aimee Erickson for two days in the field as we turn our eyes to the beauty of nature. Learn to capture qualities of light and atmosphere and practice composing with intention. In the mornings we'll work outside, with a short demo on the first morning. Be prepared to do several small studies; afternoons will be spent in the classroom where we will work with our small studies to make successful pictures.
This one-day workshop by Plein Air 2015 juror Bryan Mark Taylor is for painters who want to develop a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of outdoor painting through demonstrations (in oil), lectures, practices, and critique. The workshop will focus the artist on effectively capturing light, atmosphere, and mood in paint while using strong composition and color harmony.
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.
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.
Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling bipolar disorder for 16 years. Next To Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart. And, importantly, much more humor that one might expect.
Join us on Columbia Art’s 8th annual trip departing on Thursday, July 9th and returning on Sunday, July 12th by coach.
Emma Spaulding directs William Shakespeare's classic play about young love thwarted by family, friends, and cruel twists of fate. This production will be set in the 1930s, and actors may be asked to dance. There are 18 roles available in a wide range of ages, from 16 to 60.
Columbia Center for the Arts and Plays for Non-Profits present Inherit the Wind, which focuses on freedom of speech/thought and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, an anti-war play.Directed by Lynda Dallman and Bill Weiler. Produced by Catherine Butler.