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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mt. hood independent film festival

Fall Classes Available

Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2014

Celebrating 10 Years of Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge.
View 2014 Winners Now

The Art of the Wild

The Nook Presents: Rachel Harvey

The Nook: Rachel Harvey

Virginia Woolf

The Art of the Wild

Pacific Northwest Plein Air Writing Anthology

Just in time for Plein Air 2014, go back and review the wonderful imagery created by the writers from Plein Air 2013. See previous versions of Plein Air Anthology online.

 Plein Air Anthology

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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Career Opportunity

Education and Outreach Manager

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Gallery Manager

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Art Gallery

Opens September 5

Northwest Plein Air 2014

We are thrilled to announce the 2014 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibition.  This year, we are celebrating 10 years of showcasing art created en plein air in the Columbia River Gorge. Click below to view 2014 winners.
Learn More: Plein Air 2014

September 5 - 28

Artists Nook: Rachel Harvey

I am attracted to the pure, unadulterated landscape: an environment unsullied. My work is based on real spaces and places, but the setting is less important than the feelings it evokes. As an artist, my interest is to express the awe and joy I feel as I look at the world around me.
Learn more: Rachel Harvey

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 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

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 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

October 11th, 2014

"Fire Away" Enameling with Kathy Watne

Join Gallery Artist Kathryn Watne in this beginner class to learn the basics of enameling. Enameling is the art of applying ground glass to a metal surface and fusing the glass to the metal with a torch or kiln.
Learn More: Enameling with Kathy Watne

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

November 15 1-3pm

Creating Snowflakes, with Shelia Ford Richmond

Snowflakes; delicate, individual, unique. Shelia 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

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


September 7th at 3:30pm & 6:30pm
& 8th at 6PM

Auditions for “It’s a Wonderful Life”

The “Golden Days of Radio” will come alive during CAST’s holiday production of “It’s a Wonderful Life - The Radio Play,” by Philip Grecian, based on the film by Frank Capra. The play, will theatrically return us to the 1940’s for an authentic radio broadcast before live studio audience.

Learn More: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

September 27th at 7:30pm

Portland Story Theater "Urban Tellers"

This is a place where people gather to hear the real, true stories of complete strangers. And something magical happens, something beyond entertainment. Urban Tellers offers an experience that makes people feel a part of something, s­­omething good, connected.

Learn More: Urban Tellers

October 4th & 5th

Auditions for “The Full Monty”

CAST Theater and Columbia Center for the Arts are holding auditions for “The Full Monty” directed by Bruce Ludwig. Several roles are to be cast for both men and women of various ages. The Full Monty will open on February 13th and run for 3 weeks."

Learn More: "The Full Monty" Auditions

October 9th - 18th

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

CAST Theater season opens on October 9th with Edward Albee’s classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” directed by Deborah Langlois. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is considered one of America’s greatest plays. It won a Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for the best play in 1963.

Learn More: Virginia Woolf


September 12th at 7:00PM

Hood River BIG ART Walking Tour

The Hood River BIG ART Walking Tour inspires public engagement through art and creates a sense of place, optimism, and discussion throughout the Gorge. Most importantly, it is accessible to everyone.

Learn More: BIG ART Walking Tour

September 19th & 20th at 7:00PM

Too Much Coffee Man Opera

Columbia Center for the Arts and Maryhill Museum team up to present a zany, hilarious, and romantic tribute to the wonders of coffee bordering on the fantastical. Running just two nights Sept. 19th & 20th, Too Much Coffee Man Opera is based on the comic character of Shannon Wheeler, with music by Emmy-Winning composer Daniel Steven Crafts.

Learn More: Too Much Coffee Man Opera

September 27th at 7:30pm

Portland Story Theater "Urban Tellers"

This is a place where people gather to hear the real, true stories of complete strangers. And something magical happens, something beyond entertainment. Urban Tellers offers an experience that makes people feel a part of something, s­­omething good, connected.

Learn More: Urban Tellers

September 28th at 3pm

"Cheap to Chic" Wardrobe Styling Workshop

Let the Queen of "The Closet Cleanse" show you how to make your wardrobe work on the budget you have.

Learn More: Cheap to Chic

October 1st at 7:00pm

Sense of Place Lecture Series

Sense of Place is an annual lecture series produced by Gorge Owned that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one another. Lectures explore the natural history, cultural history, art, and other humanities-related topics. Gorge Owned is a member-supported organization helping people invest in a strong local economy, healthy environment and vibrant community.

Learn More: Sense of Place Lecture Series

October 13th at 7:30pm

Isabel Suppé Book Talk - Starry Night

A profoundly inspirational presentation by Isabel Suppé based on her book which has been shortlisted for the 2013 Boardman Tasker Prize for "outstanding contributions to outdoor literature". It is also a tale of survival, passion, and overcoming adversity that has been touring the US, Canada, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, and Spain.

Learn More: Isabel Suppé Book Talk

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