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.
It's all things avian in the Gallery, where the upcoming Fine Feathered Friends exhibition during the month of March will feature art and events all related to birds.
Learn more: Fine Feathered Friends
Bill Sturman's watercolors in The Nook draw from the full breadth of subject matter he is currently exploring, from intimate close-ups of nature's beauty to landscapes to abstracts based on the natural world.
Learn more: Bill Sturman
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Columbia Center for the Arts presents the Hapa Hilbillies Play Chaplin: four early silent films with live music composed and performed by the Hapa Hillbillies with special guests.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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..
Download the anthology of the 2014 Plein Air Writing Exhibition and become inspired for this August!
Learn more: Plein Air Writing Anthology