Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Alliance

Columbia Center
for the Arts

215 Cascade Avenue

PO Box 1543

Hood River, OR 97031


Your Home for the Arts in the Columbia Gorge

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June 22-August 13: Summer Art ExperiencesSummer Art Experiences

Help support the center of arts
and culture in the Columbia River GorgeTake Your Seats

May in the Gallery: Human NatureHuman Nature

May in the Nook: Nick BielemeierMay in the Nook

June & July in the Gallery: Best of the GorgeBest of the Gorge

June 19-21: René Eisenbart,
Watercolor Portrait Design
Eisenbart Workshop

July 3, 7-9pm: Independence Eve at the Bingen Theater


July in the Theatre: Next to Normal,
by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt and Directed by Mark SteighnerNext to Normal

Jul. 11-12: Aimee Erickson, Plein Air Painting Aimee Erickson

Thursdays, 9am: Oil Painting with Cathleen RehfeldCathleen Rehfeld Oil Painting

August in the Theatre: Art of Protest:
Inherit the Wind
and The Night Thoreau Spent in JailArt of Protest

August 8, 9am-4pm: Plein Air 2015
Workshop with Juror Bryan Mark TaylorBryan Mark Taylor

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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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Events Calendar

Art Gallery

May 1-31

Human Nature

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

May 1-31

Artists' Nook: Nick Bielemeier

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

June 5-August 2

Best of the Gorge

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

August 7-30

11th Annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event

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


June 19-21

Rene Eisenbart, Watercolor Portrait Design

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.

Learn More: Watercolor Portrait Design

July 11-12

Aimee Erickson, Plein Air Painting Workshop

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.

Learn More: Plein Air Painting Workshop

August 8, 9am-4pm

Plein Air 2015 Workshop with Juror Bryan Mark Taylor

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.

Learn More: Plein Air 2015 Workshop

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


July 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25 at 7:30pm; July 19 at 2pm

Next to Normal, by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt and directed by Mark Steighner

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.

Learn More: Next to Normal

July 9-12

‘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

August 1-2

Auditions for Romeo & Juliet

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.

Learn More: Romeo & Juliet Auditions

August 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 at 8pm

Art of Protest: Inherit the Wind and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail

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.

Learn More: Art of Protest


July 3, 7-9pm

Independence Eve at the Bingen Theater

Come celebrate America and our rich cultural diversity with the best-remembered songs from throughout decades.

Learn More: Independence Eve