Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Alliance

Columbia Center
for the Arts

215 Cascade Street

PO Box 1543

Hood River, OR 97031


Your Home for the Arts in the Columbia Gorge

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2014 MHIFF Schedule Now Live!

Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival

Holiday Ceramics

Thanksgiving Arts Camps

The Nook Presents: Dave & Boni Deal


Wonderful Life

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

Career Opportunity

Part-Time Gallery Sales Assistant

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Part-time AV Tech

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Art Gallery

October 3rd - November 2nd

The Crush II

Eleven artists from the Gorge and Great Northwest join together to celebrate the sensuality of wine. Come admire works capturing the rich colors of wine and autumn in the Gorge.
Learn more: The Crush II

October 3rd - November 2nd

Artists Nook: Dave & Boni Deal

Clay artists Dave and Boni Deal have created raku for over 35 years working full time at their rustic home workshop in the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Their raku is known for large classical forms and intricate surface design. This Nook show features Gorge-inspired imagery.
Learn more: Dave & Boni Deal

October 22nd

Selection of 2016 Gallery Shows

The CCA Gallery has monthly shows/exhibitions that are curated almost entirely by volunteers. These shows are typically “themed”, for example Plein Air, Garden Art, Snow, Birds, Iconic Gorge Landscapes. At the meeting ideas for themes will be proposed and then those deemed most promising will be lined up with the months of the year.
Learn more: Selection of Shows

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 30

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


October 5, 12, 19
November 2, 9, 14, 15, 16

The Art of the Personal Narrative

Are you ready to discover your story and share it with the world? Portland Story Theater is delighted to bring our workshop, The Art of Personal Narrative, to the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.

Learn More: The Art of the Personal Narrative

October 25-26 10am-4pm

Pastel Workshop with Karen Watson

Gallery Artist Karen Watson returns to the Center for another insightful workshop on pastels. Participants explore various application techniques, value relationships and composition.
Learn More: Pastel Workshop with Karen Watson

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

November 4, 11, 18 3-4:30pm

Holiday Ceramics Workshop

Create a one-a-kind gift for someone special. Join ceramics artist Yvonne Wakefield at the Columbia Center for the Arts Tuesday afternoons in November to design and hand-build holiday gifts from clay.
Learn More: Holiday Ceramics Workshop

November 24-26 9am-12pm

Thanksgiving Art Camps

To celebrate children’s author Jan Brett’s book signing of her latest book, The Animals’ Santa, on December 12; the November Thanksgiving art classes are centered around books, storytelling and animals. Pick one day or choose all three for a great Thanksgiving break.
Learn More: Thanksgiving Art Camps

November 15 1-3pm

Creating Snowflakes, with Sheila Ford Richmond

Snowflakes: delicate, individual, unique. Sheila Ford Richmond teaches techniques to make your own snowflakes. Learn to fold, design and cut 6-sided paper snowflakes like the ones in nature.
Learn More: Creating Snowflakes

Every 2nd and 4th Friday, 9am-12pm

Life and Portrait Drawing

You’re invited to attend our Drawer’s Club in the Studio. Paint or draw from a live model. All skill levels are welcome. We’ll provide the model, easels and tables; you bring your art supplies and enjoy honing your skills.

Learn More: Life & Portrait Drawing Club

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, 2015

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

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


Oct 22nd at 7:30 p.m.

Spirit of the Forest: Taylor Lockwood

Experience the passion of the world’s leading mushroom photographer, when Columbia Center for the Arts presents Taylor Lockwood and Spirit of the Forest on Oct. 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Travel with Taylor across the globe to hunt and find the most beautiful bioluminescent mushrooms in countries such as Brazil, China, Madagascar, New Zealand, Australia, and America.

Learn More: Spirit of the Forest

Oct 25th at 7:30 p.m.

Hokum Pokum Vaudeville Show

Hokum Pokum is the musical duo of Ben Bonham and Madame Betz Oslund (with Ronnie Ontiveros on Bass and Dennis Williams on clarinet, both of the Hapa Hillbillies, for this special show.) playing long forgotten gems that are right up your alley!!

Learn More: Hokum Pokum

Oct 29th at 7:00 p.m.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rocky Horror Picture Show Returns to Columbia Center for the Arts! On Oct. 29th the Art Center travels back in time to 1975 and joins, Brad, Janet, Dr. Frank-N-Furter and the cast of Rocky for a night of fun, food and laughter. Grab your friends, your costumes and your dancing shoes and come do the Time Warp Again!

Learn More: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Nov 5th at 7:00 p.m.

GO! Sense Place: Historic Columbia River Highway

Gorge Owned (GO!) invites you to spend an evening learning about the Columbia River Highway, now known as the Historic Columbia River Highway, with an expert from the Oregon Department of Transportation. Learn how the Historic Columbia River Highway, which became a National Historic Landmark in 2000, originally came to be and discover how it continues to be reborn.

Learn More: Historic Columbia River Highway

November 15th 7:30 PM

The Art of Personal Narrative Performance

Join our group of local storytellers for a night of personal discovery.
Learn more: Art of Personal Narrative

November 21st 6:00 PM

Ski Films, "A Dozen More Turns" and "Pretty Faces"

Columbia Center for the Arts and Cooper Spur Race team join forces to bring a night of ski films in celebration of the snow show, proceeds will benefit Cooper Spur Race team.
Learn more: Ski Films