Everyone on staff loves when we have a whirl of activity in the Art Center—with various groups and events happening all at once.
For example, a few days ago we had the following events take place over a 48-hour time period:
Starting in the morning, a senior group from Rock Cove Senior Center came to get a tour of our Best of the Gorge Gallery exhibition with Gallery Manager Carolyn Smith. This group participates in our Seniors & the Arts program’ which brings art activities in visual arts, theatre, and arts education to eight senior organizations in the Gorge.
That afternoon was the last day of our Installation art classes for kids 9-14. Led by instructor Mary Andrews, these creative and engaged kids had created a beautiful 3-dimensional diorama of the Columbia Gorge. The kids had put on the final touches, and were preparing for their installation opening with family and friends (and the group of kids taking a class in the theatre). The young artists were eager to talk about their art, and when Hood River News Editor Kirby Neumann-Rea showed up to interview them they were beyond excited.
Later that afternoon, kids from theatre arts summer workshop for 4-7 year olds performed their play for family and friends—and what a wild and energetic performance that was! The kids had created their own fairy tale, and they were onstage dancing, twirling, running, jumping, and proudly speaking their lines.
The following morning the Studio filled with adults learning to basket weave with master weaver Beth Corpuz. These delighted students left with completed miniature baskets and a desire to learn more about this wonderful art form.
And that afternoon, the theatre filled with a flock of teenagers set to create their own onstage version of Macbeth, under the direction of our fantastic CCA Children’s Theatre Artistic Director Sullivan Mackintosh. After only three weeks of working together, this group did an astounding job of performing the Scottish Play with full sets and costumes.
Over these same two days, we had a stream of local visitors and out-of-towners in the Gallery enjoying the Best of the Gorge exhibition—and some even stopped by to play our newly acquired baby grand piano, generously donated by Sue Tibbets and sponsored by Sam & Bonnie Taylor.
Come by Columbia Arts and join in the fun whenever you are in downtown Hood River.