Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Alliance

Columbia Center
for the Arts

215 Cascade Street

PO Box 1543

Hood River, OR 97031


Holiday Hours:
Open every day, 11-5pm, Dec. 1-23;
Closed between 2pm Dec. 24 and Jan. 4th

Your Home for the Arts in the Columbia Gorge

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Ashland Road Trip

Wonderful Life

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

Adult Class: Splash Watercolor with Stephen Kleier Kleier Workshop

December Show - Holiday Gifts

The Nook Presents: Terri Johanson

Life & Portrait Drawing LabsLife & Portrait Drawing Labs

GO! Sense of Place: Native American Art of Oregon

Sense of Place, Tracy Prince

Adult Class: Bringing the Outdoors in with Eric Jacobsen


The Art of Professional Presentation, with Arthur DeBowArthur DeBow

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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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Career Opportunity: We currently have several career opportunities, learn More.

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Events Calendar

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Art Gallery

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


January 10, 11-noon

Splash Watercolor DEMO, with Stephen Kleier

Join Stephen Kleier for a free demo of the techniques he'll be teaching in his two-day workshop, January 24-25.
Learn More: Splash Watercolor

January 24-25, 10-4:00

Splash Watercolor, with Stephen Kleier

Join Stephen Kleier for a two-day watercolor workshop that focuses on painting in a direct way that uses flowing washes and expressive brushwork to show watercolors' most beautiful and characteristic qualities. Free demo January 10, 11:00-noon.
Learn More: Splash Watercolor

February 7-8, 9-4:00

Bringing the Outdoors in, with Eric Jacobsen

Design beautiful landscapes in a studio environment using photo references and plein air studies. Highly awarded artist Eric Jacobsen will emphasize creating pathways and movements in your oil or acrylic paintings.
Learn More: Bringing the Outdoors In

February 28, 1-4:00

The Art of Professional Presentation, with Arthur DeBow

Are you displaying your art—and yourself—in the best light possible? If you wish to make the right impression to juries, galleries, and artists the first time around, this is an opportunity you can't afford to miss.
Learn More: The Art of Professional Presentation

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

Every Friday, 9am-12pm

Life and Portrait Drawing Labs

We're launching our new season of Life & Portrait Drawing on January 9! 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

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


Jan 7th at 7:00 p.m.

GO! Sense Place: Native American Art of Oregon

Gorge Owned (GO!) invites you to a dynamic conversation and slideshow with Dr. Tracy Prince about the artistic expressions of Pacific Northwest Tribes.

Learn More: Native American Art of Oregon

Jan 28th at 7:30 p.m.

CCA presents Showcasing Outstanding Independent Film: One Small Hitch.

This romantic comedy follows friends Molly Mahoney and Josh Shiffman as they navigate coming home for her mother's wedding and their "engagement." $5.

Learn More: One Small Hitch