Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Alliance

Columbia Center
for the Arts

215 Cascade Street

PO Box 1543

Hood River, OR 97031


Holiday Hours
Monday-Friday 11-5pm, Dec 1-23; Closed at 2pm Dec 24 through Jan. 4th

Your Home for the Arts in the Columbia Gorge

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Wonderful Life

A special thank you to the sponsors of It's a Wonderful Life, Directors Mortgage and Windermere Real Estate.

Snow Show

The Nook Presents: Ann Fleming

December Show - Holiday Gifts

The Nook Presents: Terri Johanson

Adult Class: Painting with Barbara MurphyBarbara Murphy

Book Signing With Jan Brett

See 2014 MHIFF Winners Here

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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Events Calendar

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Art Gallery

November 7th - 30th

Artists Nook: Ann Fleming

Ann Fleming brings her playful and insightful clay sculptures to the Nook for the month of November.
Learn more: Artists Nook - Ann Fleming

November 7th - 30th

The Snow Show

20 regional artists create works expressing their feelings for the winter season in photography, pastel, watercolor, print, glass and other media.
Learn more: The Snow Show

Deadline November 30th

CALL TO ARTISTS! - La Lluvia/Rain

RAIN: an Exhibition celebrates the Pacific Northwest’s iconic phenomenon. A month-long show at Columbia Center for the Arts that revels in the mysterious and enduring beauty of water that falls from the sky. In the spirit of this basic element we envision an overall aesthetic that is simple, vital, and refreshing. !
Learn more: CALL TO ARTISTS! - La Lluvia/Rain

December 1st - 31st

December Show - Holiday Gifts

How many ties does Dad need? Another apron for Mom, really? Give a gift that they will remember for a lifetime. For the holidays our gallery artists have created unique treasures that your special someone will surely appreciate.
Learn more: The Holiday Gifts

December 1st - 31st

Artists Nook: Terri Johanson

Terri Johanson brings glass magic to the Nook this month. Terri works in kilnformed glass and has studied at the Pilchuck School of Glass. Come see this solo show of her work which includes unique holiday ornaments.
Learn more: Artists Nook - Terri Johanson


December 13, 9-noon

Small Acrylic Paintings, with Barbara Murphy

Create an acrylic masterpiece--great as a thoughtful and personal holiday gift! Impressionistic artist Barbara Murphy will demonstrate how she works to create bright, bold images, and then assist you in finding your own artistic voice. Open to all skill levels.

Learn More: Small Acrylic Paintings

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

PLEASE NOTE: Due to weather and the Thanksgiving holiday, class will resume DECEMBER 4.

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


December 6th - 20th


Join CAST Theater for as this beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.


January 18th-19th

Auditions for Good People

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Sides will be available in January at the gallery desk.

Learn More: Auditions for Good People

February 13th - 28th

"The Full Monty"

CAST Theater and Columbia Center for the Arts are pulling out all the stops this February when they bring The Full Monty to the stage.  The Full Monty is a story of a broke and out of work steelworker who finds inspiration after bumping into a male stripper. He and his equally desperate friends decide to give it their all – or rather show it all – to get rich quick.

Learn More: "The Full Monty"

July 9th - 12th, 2015

‘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


Dec 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

GO! Sense Place: Taste of the Gorge

Gorge Owned (GO!) invites you to learn how the Gorge – known as “a world of wine in 40 miles – is emerging as a distinct, world-renowned wine-producing area.

Learn More: Taste of the Gorge

Dec 7th at 7:00 p.m.

I Hate Cancer Concert

Join local performer Molly Schwarz in an evening of holiday music and merriment. Joining her on piano are Kristie Mitchell and Erick Haynie with Dave Henehan on guitar.

Learn More: I Hate Cancer Concert

December 9th 7:00 PM

Cross Country Cycling Presentation by Thomas Camero

Hood River is at the crossroad of two long-distance cycling routes: the Lewis & Clark and the Sierra-Cascades as established and mapped by Adventure Cycling Association of Missoula, MT. Join Thomas Camero as he takes us on a journey across America and beyond.
Learn more: Cross Country Cycling Presentation

December 12th 4:00 PM

Presentation & Book Signing with Jan Brett

Attention Customers/ Patrons, Jan Brett is coming to Columbia Center for the Arts and Waucoma Bookstore; click here for a few details that we would like to share with you about her book-signing!
Learn more: Presentation & Book Signing

December 14th 7:00 PM

The Groove Project Christmas Jazz Concert

Celebrate the holiday season with Groove Project and their Christmas Jazz concert. Last year, the group played to a packed house and really raised the roof with a wonderful performance. This year the groups is aiming to do even better!
Learn more: The Groove Project