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December 2021

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Dear Columbia Arts Friends and Supporters,

We are almost at the end of the year. As 2021 draws to a close, the COLUMBIA CENTER for the ARTS, the Interim Executive Director, CCA Staff, and the Board of Directors wish to send a heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone who has supported the Art Center this year and for continuing to be a patron of our arts and cultural programs. We are thankful for our guests, volunteers, artists, performers, staff, contractors, clients, volunteers, and our donors for helping keep the arts alive during unprecedented times.

We wish you a healthy, hopeful and festive season and as the new year unfolds, celebrate a rejuvenated sense of purpose, continued resiliency, inspiration, and vast potential for the year to come.

There’s so much to be excited about in the coming months at CCA! We’ll be opening our gallery with a diverse exhibition of renowned artists’ work on February 4th, and running a breath of artistic explorations in classes and workshops. You’ll find more activation in our Theatre: it’s time to push the boundaries of what we’ve come to expect from a cultural arts community center.

Our Goals for 2022

As we move into the New Year, new beginnings can be felt all around! There is something for everyone and we’re excited to take you on a journey with us. We want you to join us as we embark on an adventure to discover new things. These include:

  • Continue to build collaborative relationships with organizations in the Gorge; Looking to take tangible action to build equitable and lasting relationships with our diverse communities
  • Equity, Access, Inclusion, and Diversity Training on an organizational level as needed to align with strategic goals
  • Recruitment of new Board of Directors and Board Governance Strategies
  • Realign our mission, vision, and core values as needed to align with strategic goals and EAID objectives
  • Persist in providing memorable arts experiences for our community by exploring the boundaries of theatre, dance, music and visual art.

We hope that you’re able to take some time to relax and recharge this holiday season. We will model those values by taking care of our team with an invitation to rest and engage with some winter hibernation in the following way:

We will be closing operations from December 24th through January 2nd, as well as closing to the public during the month of January.

During this time, we will be responding to emails, engaging with social media, and taking meetings. We look forward to reconnecting with you with events in our Gallery, Art Studio, and Theater spaces when we return.

We will resume normal operations on Friday, February 4th.

Happy Holidays to all!

Respectfully yours,

Yasmin Arlette Acosta-Myers, Interim Executive Director

Hannalies Bosman, Operations Manager; Rachael Erickson, Gallery Manager; Mattea Schwab, Gallery & Administrative Coordinator

And the Board of Directors

Judie Hanel, Chair; Genevieve Scholl, Co-Chair; Ashley Huckaby May, Secretary; Tim Mayer, Treasurer, Amirra Malak, Ron Cohen.

Ways to Support:

Year-end giving! 

Your donation to CCA benefits arts throughout the Columbia River Gorge and helps our community thrive! Please consider making a donation to the Columbia Center for the Arts. You can make a donation from your business, in your own name or the name of someone you love, or explore other ways to support.

If you live in Oregon, you can double your contribution at no cost to you through the Oregon Cultural Trust. (See below for details).

Thanks to Everyone Who Has Contributed

Thanks to everyone who has helped, and who continues to help us, create an arts-rich community in the Columbia River Gorge. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

Special Thanks to Our Charter Members

Thousands of people have helped Columbia Center for the Arts meet its goal of becoming a destination for the arts. There are too many names to list here. Some supporters, however, due to the size of their contribution, deserve special recognition. Click to see the list of these special donors and join us in thanking them for their outstanding commitment to the arts.

For More Information

If you would like more information about how to make a donation to Columbia Center for the Arts, please contact director@columbiaarts.org or call 541-387-8877 x3.

Thank you!

Special Tax Incentive to Donate to Oregon Arts

Oregon Cultural Trust gives your whole match back

Make a year-end donation to the Columbia Center for the Arts, then make a matching donation to Oregon Cultural Trust, and you get the whole match back. Click to learn more about Oregon Cultural Trust’s tax incentive for donating to the arts. As so many of our cultural organizations have been hit especially hard by the pandemic – there has never been a more important time for Oregonians to support arts and culture through the cultural tax credit. Here are some links to more information about the Cultural Trust and the tax credit.

Volunteers Needed

Our team includes many highly-valued volunteers who support the Columbia Center for the Arts in a variety of ways. Volunteering for the arts is a wonderful way to expand your social horizons, learn new skills, share your breadth of experience, and give back to the community.

If you are interested in supporting your community arts center, please join us as we build CCA back up to the thriving arts scene we know and love, by submitting the online Volunteer Form. CCA Volunteer Opportunities include (descriptions on our website): House Manager, Usher, Event Support, Art Class Instructional Aide, and Gallery Support.

CCA is also currently searching for new community members to join our Board of Directors. If you are enthusiastic about bringing art to the communities of the Columbia River Gorge, enjoy interacting with others by advocating for the arts, or simply enjoy fundraising and supporting nonprofits, we’d love to connect with you! Apply for Board Membership Here.

On Social Media

Help CCA with our social media presence and outreach by re-sharing our posts. Much like word of mouth, re-sharing our posts both from Instagram and Facebook creates more visibility on what’s going on in the gallery and with upcoming live events, educational opportunities at the center, as well as resources for artists. Thank you for all your help! facebook | instagram

Honoring Kate Mills

Our community deeply mourns the loss of a key supporting member and a wonderful person. Katharine Leadbetter “Kate” Mills, passed away on December 7th, at age 89 surrounded by family.

Kate was smart, funny, and kind. Kate had championed the arts and particularly theatre for more than 50 years. Kate was on the original Board of CAST in Hood River in the 1970s and you would always find her in the audience for every CAST show throughout her life. Kate helped to host Columbia Center for the Arts annual trip of 50 people to Ashland to enjoy theatre at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) for many years.

Kate and her husband Jack served on many boards in our Hood River community, and through their avid support, made COLUMBIA CENTER for the ARTS possible. When Kate and Jack purchased the building we reside in, they gave us two years to raise the money to pay them back. Two years later, we did! The CCA community is eternally grateful for their generosity and support.
Kate’s passions were the environment, theatre, and land use. She leaves a lasting impact on Hood River and will be greatly missed.

Memorial services for Kate Mills will be held next spring.

In the Gallery:

Holiday Small Works Market
Exhibition December 3 – December 23, 2021

Need a last minute gift? Our annual Holiday Small Works Market will run through December 23, 2021!

Our gallery and retail space is full of smaller works by local and regional artists. From ornaments and holiday cards to original paintings, ceramics, limited edition prints, jewelry, and wearable items – we have everyone on your list covered.

Entryway Gallery: Silent Auction
November 5th – December 17th, 2021

Thank you to everyone who made an offer for our end-of-year Silent Auction to support the arts! Auction and sale items were displayed in the Entryway Gallery for attendees to assess, place bids on, and purchase. Items are from CCA’s donated inventory as well as participating local artists. The auction ran from November 5th – December 17th, 2021. If your bid won, you have or will be receiving a call from CCA staff.

CCA Exhibitions are Supported by Cathedral Ridge Winery

Cathedral Ridge will be continuing to showcase artists Cindy Ives and Sally Bills Bailey through the month of December! Call to make reservations for a tasting and to view these stunning works!

CCA Partnership With Sotheby’s International Realty Hood River

Thank you to Sotheby’s and Nancy Houfek Brown for their Holiday Party highlighting Nancy’s work with an opportunity to meet the artist! Her painting exhibition at Sotheby’s International Realty in downtown Hood River is this month! Please stop at Sotheby’s.

In the Theater:

Thank you for all who joined us this past weekend for our Holiday Show: The Groove Project Grooves Christmas

December 17 & 18 at 7:30pm, 2021
Featuring Tim Mayer, Joanna Grammon, Dave Henehan, Jon Green, and Mike Grodner

Columbia Center for the Arts presents The Groove Project, a concert celebrating the holiday season on December 17 and 18. The eighty-minute show begins at 7:30 pm and includes a compilation of jazzy, groove-punctuated, beat-poppin’ holiday tunes— some new, some familiar, all unique. Musicians performing are the show’s producer, Tim Mayer on piano, Joanna Grammon on vocals, Dave Henehan on guitar, Jon Green on bass, and Mike Grodner on drums.

Virtual Art Education & Lecture Opportunities:

Columbia Center for the Arts in partnership with
Arts in Education of the Gorge

Through a partnership with Arts in Education of the Gorge we are bringing K-12 arts education to you! Stop by and pick up a free art kit for K-5 students with Vimeo links to guided art lessons with AIEG teaching artist, Chloë Hight. Art kit Supplies are limited.

Click HERE to visit Vimeo art lesson videos on CCA’s website!

Arts in Education of the Gorge is also offering art activities during CCA’s First Friday events. Come visit!

www.gorgeartsined.org | Instagram | Facebook

Sense of Place Lecture Series
Connecting people through place and storytelling

October, November, and December lectures are online via Zoom.

Due to the current COVID health regulations Sense of Place (SOP) is going to stream their series online for the remainder of the year (2021) instead of using CCA’s Theater. We hope to be back in the theater with Sense of Place in 2022.

As with last season, all the lectures will be recorded and then offered online for free (this includes any lectures that they are able to have live). Sense of Place will also have additional audio/video content that may be of interest to our patrons.

Click HERE to visit Sense of Place Homepage & How to Register for Lectures!

CCA offerings made possible by generous support from:

Download a PDF Version of the December 2021 eNewsletter

November 2021

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Dear Columbia Arts Friends and Supporters,

As the giving season is upon us, we hope that community members continue to support the Arts in our region. After an arduous couple of years, CCA is excited to continue our efforts for the return of live theatre, music, and art back to the Columbia Gorge community. It is imperative to provide safe indoor environments for CCA guests (visitors), volunteers, artists, performers, staff, contractors, clients, and volunteers. Per state guidance, visitors are required to wear a face-covering and maintain six feet of social distance. Free Face masks and sanitizer shall be available at the entrance for you to use during your visit. If coming to a theatre performance bring proof of vaccination. 

With everything happening in the world it can be hard to remember that there is still good to be found. As the world changes around us, the arts are needed more than ever. There is no better time than now to engage in something new, creative, and uplifting. The Columbia Center for the Arts is here to provide a creative space for community engagement and a place from which light can shine. We need you as much as we need light. This building and all of its events and classes and programs are for you, you, and you. With the arts, there’s something for everyone.  

The best thing about the holidays is the feeling of togetherness and appreciation for those who work hard to create those happy moments. Here at CCA, we have a lot to be thankful for! Let’s be thankful for those who work hard to provide us the arts and those who generously donate to keep the arts alive! Community support, sponsorship, and donations are a key component of our nonprofit’s fundraising, and we know we can count on the support of our beloved Gorge communities. Donate or consider giving the gift of the arts to this community treasure.

Be sure to check out our webpage for more information on events, classes, and news. We can’t wait to see you this winter at the Columbia Center for the Arts! Why not come out and see what the arts are doing to rebuild our sense of community? 

Respectfully yours,

Yasmin Arlette Acosta-Myers, Interim Executive Director

Hannalies Bosman, Operations Manager; Rachael Erickson, Gallery Manager; Mattea Schwab, Gallery & Administrative Coordinator

And the Board of Directors

Judie Hanel, Chair; Genevieve Scholl, Co-Chair; Ashley Huckaby May, Secretary; Tim Mayer, Treasurer, Amirra Malak, Ron Cohen.

 

Ways to Support:

Volunteers Needed

Our team includes many highly-valued volunteers who support the Columbia Center for the Arts in a variety of ways. Volunteering for the arts is a wonderful way to expand your social horizons, learn new skills, share your breadth of experience, and give back to the community.

If you are interested in supporting your community arts center, please join us as we build CCA back up to the thriving arts scene we know and love, please submit the online Volunteer Form. CCA Volunteer Opportunities include (descriptions on our website): House Manager, Usher, Event Support, Art Class Instructional Aide. 

CCA is also currently searching for new community members to join our Board of Directors. If you are enthusiastic about bringing art to the communities of the Columbia River Gorge, enjoy interacting with others by advocating for the arts, or simply enjoy fundraising and supporting nonprofits, we’d love to connect with you! Apply for Board Membership Here

 

Volunteers Needed for December Events: 

Gallery: Reception on Saturday December 4th (11am-5pm)
Theatre: House Managers & Ushers: December 17 &18 

 

On Social Media

Help CCA with our social media presence and outreach by re-sharing our posts. Much like word of mouth, re-sharing our posts both from Instagram and Facebook creates more visibility on what’s going on in the gallery and with upcoming live events, educational opportunities at the center, as well as resources for artists. Thank you for all your help! facebook | instagram

 

Give! 

Your donation to CCA benefits arts throughout the Columbia River Gorge and helps our community thrive! Please consider making a donation to the Columbia Center for the Arts. You can make a donation from your business, in your own name or the name of someone you love, or explore other ways to support.

If you live in Oregon, you can double your contribution at no cost to you through the Oregon Cultural Trust. (See below for details).

 

Thanks to Everyone Who Has Contributed

Thanks to everyone who has helped, and who continues to help us, create an arts-rich community in the Columbia River Gorge. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

 

Special Thanks to Our Charter Members

Thousands of people have helped Columbia Center for the Arts meet its goal of becoming a destination for the arts. There are too many names to list here. Some supporters however, due to the size of their contribution, deserve special recognition.  Click to see the list of these special donors and join us in thanking them for their outstanding commitment to the arts.

 

For More Information

If you would like more information about how to make a donation to Columbia Center for the Arts, please contact director@columbiaarts.org or call 541-387-8877  x3.

Thank you!

 

Special Tax Incentive to Donate to Oregon Arts

Oregon Cultural Trust gives your whole match back

Make a year-end donation to the Columbia Center for the Arts, then make a matching donation to Oregon Cultural Trust, and you get the whole match back.  Click to learn more about Oregon Cultural Trust’s tax incentive for donating to the arts. As so many of our cultural organizations have been hit especially hard by the pandemic – there has never been a more important time for Oregonians to support arts and culture through the cultural tax credit. Here are some links to more information about the Cultural Trust and the tax credit

 

In the Gallery:

Holiday Small Works Market
Exhibition December 3 – December 22, 2021

Columbia Center for the Arts is excited to present our annual Holiday Small Works Market!

Our gallery and retail space will be full of smaller works by local and regional artists. From ornaments and holiday cards to original paintings, ceramics, limited edition prints, jewelry, and wearable items – we have everyone on your list covered.

 

Entryway Gallery: Silent Auction
November 5th – December 17th, 2021

CCA is so excited to offer an end-of-year Silent Auction to support the arts! Auction and sale items will be displayed in the Entryway Gallery for attendees to assess, place bids on, and purchase. Items are from CCA’s donated inventory as well as participating local artists. The auction will run November 5th – December 17th, 2021, so come in and place your bids! 

 

CCA Exhibitions are Supported by Cathedral Ridge Winery

 

Cathedral Ridge will be continuing to showcase artists Cindy Ives and Sally Bills Bailey through the month of December! Call to make reservations for a tasting and to view these stunning works! 

CCA Partnership With Sotheby’s International Realty Hood River

Don’t forget to go see Nancy Houfek Brown’s painting exhibition at Sotheby’s International Realty in downtown Hood River this month through December! Please stop at Sotheby’s December 10th from 5-7 PM for their Holiday Party highlighting Nancy`s work and to meet the artist! 

 

Last Week to see Don’t Quit Your Day Job
Exhibition November 5-27, 2021

What does it mean to be an artist who is also a worker? How does a worker find ways to develop their art while also keeping food on the table and a roof over their head? How does a person manage the compulsion to create art within the context of the day job workday? And what does that do to the artist, and to the art? This split existence can often be a painful experience, but sometimes a rewarding one and a source of the energy behind an artist’s work.

For this show, Columbia Center for the Arts is seeked to showcase the art and the stories of artists with day jobs, or other daily concerns that provide the resources needed to survive – food, shelter, healthcare, transportation. We presented an immersive experience of what it is to make art, to create artistic expression, when sales of artworks are not the artist’s sole source of income.

This show was curated by local artist and CCA Board Member, Genevieve Scholl. Click here for more information.

 

In the Theatre:

Holiday Show: The Groove Project Grooves Christmas
December 17 & 18 at 7:30pm, 2021

 

Featuring Tim Mayer, Joanna Grammon, Dave Henehan, Jon Green, and Mike Grodner

Columbia Center for the Arts presents The Groove Project, a concert celebrating the holiday season on December 17 and 18. The eighty-minute show begins at 7:30 pm and includes a compilation of jazzy, groove-punctuated, beat-poppin’ holiday tunes— some new, some familiar, all unique. Musicians performing are the show’s producer, Tim Mayer on piano, Joanna Grammon on vocals, Dave Henehan on guitar, Jon Green on bass, and Mike Grodner on drums. 

Tickets for The Groove Project may be purchased Tuesday through Saturday at CCA or online at columbiaarts.org. Due to COVID 19 social distancing restrictions, only 70 seats will be sold for each performance.

Thank you all who participated in our Día de los Muertos Ofrenda (Day of the Dead Altar): Community Invitation: Creating a bit of sacredness

Columbia Center for the Arts honored Day of the Dead this year by offering our Theatre space for an altar (Ofrenda) as a way to remember family members and friends who are no longer with us. As well as, honoring the grief and loss our community is experiencing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

In partnership with The History Museum of Hood River County and Arts in Education of the Gorge, we honored the rich history of the Hood River area, with a Day of the Dead Celebration. The celebration includes the erection of a community Ofrenda at Columbia Center for the Arts, and a screening of The History Museum of Hood River County’s 11th production Cemetery Tales. 

 

 

Thank you for all who came to Cemetery Tales Screening and Talkback at CCA 

Talkback to include director/producer Joe Garoutte, writer/producer Michael Friend and actors Jim Yue, Elisa Solis, Kathy Williams, Ann Harris and Tom Burns.

Cemetery Tales, the popular annual theatrical performance about influential members of our community from the past, has been created as a professional video production this year. This is the 11th production of Cemetery Tales, an event created by The History Museum of Hood River County featuring local actors. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the production of Cemetery Tales in 2020 and has shifted this year’s production to a virtual format.

Virtual Art Education & Lecture Opportunities: 

 

 

Columbia Center for the Arts in partnership with Arts in Education of the Gorge

Through a partnership with Arts in Education of the Gorge we are bringing K-12 arts education to you! Stop by and pick up a free art kit for K-5 students with Vimeo links to guided art lessons with AIEG teaching artist, Chloë Hight. Art kit Supplies are limited. 

Click HERE to visit Vimeo art lesson videos on CCA’s website!

Arts in Education of the Gorge is also offering art activities during CCA’s First Friday events. Come visit!

www.gorgeartsined.org   |   Instagram  |  Facebook

 

Sense of Place Lecture Series
Connecting people through place and storytelling

October, November, and December lectures are online via Zoom.

Due to the current COVID health regulations Sense of Place (SOP) is going to stream their series online for the remainder of the year (2021) instead of using CCA’s Theater. We hope to be back in the theater with Sense of Place in 2022. 

As with last season, all the lectures will be recorded and then offered online for free (this includes any lectures that they are able to have live). Sense of Place will also have additional audio/video content that may be of interest to our patrons.

Click HERE to visit Sense of Place Homepage & How to Register for Lectures!

CCA offerings made possible by generous support from:

Download a PDF Version of November 2021 eNews

October 2021

Download a PDF version

Dear Patrons, Supporters, Friends, and Community members.

Welcome to CCA’s latest Newsletter! We hope it helps keep you updated on our latest news and provide you with opportunities to visit the center and say hello. On September 21st, I started as the new Interim Executive Director at Columbia Center for the Arts. Since then, we have had a gallery opening and a first live theatre performance since the pandemic closed venues more than a year ago.

There have been exciting moments as we re-learn what it means to gather together again. As I continue to interact with new challenges and opportunities to be creative, learn from our beloved staff, board, and committee members, there is a constant reflection on the compassion we can offer one another during these times, and keep believing in the power of the arts.

I encourage you to take the time to read through our upcoming events for the next couple of weeks and visit us at the center.

With deep gratitude for all you have done for the Columbia Center for the Arts.

Sincerely,

Yasmin Acosta-Myers
Interim Executive Director

Ways to Support:

Volunteers Needed

Our team includes many highly-valued volunteers who support the Columbia Center for the Arts in a variety of ways. Volunteering for the arts is a wonderful way to expand your social horizons, learn new skills, share your breadth of experience, and give back to the community.

If you are interested in supporting your community arts center, please join us as we build CCA back up to the thriving arts scene we know and love, please submit the online Volunteer Form. CCA Volunteer Opportunities include (descriptions on our website): House Manager, Usher, Event Support, Art Class Instructional Aide. 

CCA is also currently searching for new community members to join our Board of Directors. If you are enthusiastic about bringing art to the communities of the Columbia River Gorge, enjoy interacting with others by advocating for the arts, or simply enjoy fundraising and supporting nonprofits, we’d love to connect with you! Apply for Board Membership Here.

 

On Social Media

Help CCA with our social media presence and outreach by re-sharing our posts. Much like word of mouth, re-sharing our posts both from Instagram and Facebook creates more visibility on what’s going on in the gallery and with upcoming live events, educational opportunities at the center, as well as resources for artists.

Ways you can help promote us on social media:

  1. You can “like” both the FB pages and our Instagram page
  2. Turn the notifications to “all” on our Facebook pages.
  3. You could take a few seconds per day and just “like” or “love” the daily posts and leave a comment on them. Something simple like “awesome!” or “thanks for posting!” is great.
  4. Tag your friends in our posts.
  5. You would share the FB posts and Instagram posts to your page or stories as regularly as you feel comfortable.
    Thank you for all your help!

Thank you for all your help! facebook | instagram

Entryway Gallery: Silent Auction
November 5th – December 17th, 2021

CCA is so excited to offer an end-of-year Silent Auction to support the arts! Auction and sale items will be displayed in the Entryway Gallery for attendees to assess, place bids on, and purchase. Items are from CCA’s donated inventory as well as participating local artists. The auction will run November 5th – December 17th, 2021, so come in and place your bids! 

In the Gallery:

November Gallery Exhibit: Don’t Quit Your Day Job
Opening reception on Friday, November 5th from 5-7pm.
Exhibition November 5-26, 2021

What does it mean to be an artist who is also a worker? How does a worker find ways to develop their art while also keeping food on the table and a roof over their head? How does a person manage the compulsion to create art within the context of the day job workday? And what does that do to the artist, and to the art? This split existence can often be a painful experience, but sometimes a rewarding one and a source of the energy behind an artist’s work.

For this show, Columbia Center for the Arts is seeking to showcase the art and the stories of artists with day jobs, or other daily concerns that provide the resources needed to survive – food, shelter, healthcare, transportation. We presented an immersive experience of what it is to make art, to create artistic expression, when sales of artworks are not the artist’s sole source of income.

Live music happening at the opening from 5-7pm. Local musicians Dianna Allen on the piano and Donna Reuter on the fiddle will be entertaining guests for the evening.

This show was curated by local artist and CCA Board Member, Genevieve Scholl. Click here for more information.

Last Week to see Fever Dream: Abstract Interpretations of Dreamscapes and Nightmares

Fever Dream is inspired by the artists’ abstract interpretations of their personal dreamscapes and nightmares. From surreal landscapes to the things that lurk in the shadows of the mind, Fever Dream is a roller coaster ride through lunacy and the macabre.

This show was curated by Tom Lehmann of Blue Collar Agency in Hood River Oregon.

Call to Artists: Holiday Small Works Market, Submissions accepted until November 1st
Exhibition December 3rd – January 7th, 2021

Columbia Center for the Arts is excited to present our annual Holiday Small Works Market!
Our gallery and retail space will be full of smaller works by local and regional artists. From ornaments and holiday cards, to original paintings, ceramics, limited edition prints, jewelry, and wearable items – we have everyone on your list covered. Artists are encouraged to make affordable works smaller in scale. (Exceptions apply!)

(Submissions now closed)

 

CCA Exhibitions are Supported by Cathedral Ridge Winery

Cathedral Ridge will be having an opening reception for artists Cindy Ives and Sally Bills Bailey on Wednesday October 27th 4:30-6pm. Cathedral Ridge is providing light appetizers and will serve a selection of wines that can be purchased plus sparkling water.

$10 includes a glass of wine & appetizers.

Don’t forget to go see Nancy Houfek Brown’s painting exhibition at Sotheby’s International Realty in downtown Hood River this month through December.

In the Theatre:

Día de los Muertos Ofrenda (Day of the Dead Altar): Community Invitation
Creating a bit of sacredness
November 2 – 6

Columbia Center for the Arts is honoring Day of the Dead this year by offering our Theatre space (November 2-6) for an altar (Ofrenda) as a way to remember family members and friends who are no longer with us. As well as, honoring the grief and loss our community is experiencing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Family members can honor their deceased with Ofrendas, or offerings, which may consist of photographs, bread, other foods, flowers, toys, and other symbolic offerings. Altars may contain all hand-made items or ones that have been purchased.

The celebration is traditionally held on November 1 (All Saints’ Day, which celebrates children who have died) and November 2 (All Souls’ Day, which celebrates adults). Ofrendas which can consist of several levels, depending on space – are a place of gathering and are traditionally erected in homes, cemeteries or community spaces, like Columbia Center for the Arts. A component of the celebration is the telling of stories to honor the history and life of the person(s) you are honoring.

In partnership with The History Museum of Hood River County, we will honor the rich history of the Hood River area, with a Day of the Dead Celebration on Saturday, November 6. The celebration includes the erection of a community Ofrenda at Columbia Center for the Arts, and a screening of The History Museum of Hood River County’s 11th production Cemetery Tales.

The Ofrenda will be open to the public to honor their loved ones who have passed and grieve the impacts of the pandemic. CCA will install the Ofrenda on Oct 31 and leave it open for public offerings from November 2 through November 6. Traditional offerings include orange marigolds, painted skulls, flickering candles (battery tea lights please), baked goods, salt, colorful paper cutouts, and photographs of family and friends who have passed. In true CCA creative fashion, we encourage community members to be creative and bring items that hold meaning to who they are honoring. And on November 6th, the celebration will close with the screening of Cemetery Tales. Cemetery Tales is a professional video production that is historical storytelling, through performance, of historical and influential members of Hood River’s history. Cemetery Tales honors the community’s history through storytelling, a component of The Day of the Dead celebration.

We hope you will join the Columbia Center for the Arts and The History Museum of Hood River County in celebrating Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) and participate in this celebration!

Should this celebration inspire you or your business to sponsor the installation of the Ofrenda and performance screening, please email director@columbiaarts.org.

Cemetery Tales Screening and Talkback at CCA
Saturday, November 6 at 7:30pm

Talkback to include director/producer Joe Garoutte, writer/producer Michael Friend and actors Jim Yue, Elisa Solis, Kathy Williams, Ann Harris and Tom Burns.

Cemetery Tales is a fundraiser for the Hood River County Heritage Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that runs The History Museum of Hood River County. Proceeds from this screening will be shared between the History Museum and Columbia Center for the Arts.

Cemetery Tales, the popular annual theatrical performance about influential members of our community from the past, has been created as a professional video production this year. This is the 11th production of Cemetery Tales, an event created by The History Museum of Hood River County featuring local actors. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the production of Cemetery Tales in 2020 and has shifted this year’s production to a virtual format.

The individuals portrayed this year represent the diversity of those who have lived in Hood River County, including early white settlers in the 1850s; the first Black family to live in Hood River in the 1870s; a Japanese-American man born in Parkdale but affected by internment and racism during and after WWII; and one of the first Mexican-American families to settle here in the late 1960s who opened the beloved Jose’s Taco House.

Director/ producer Joe Garoutte reflected on the project: “This year’s video rendition of Cemetery Tales strives to connect the stories and struggles of our historical residents, but moreover I hope to illuminate how similar we all are at our cores, at a human level. We see and experience so much division right now, and in so many ways it is not new. We need to recognize that. If at every opportunity we have conversations about our similarities instead of our differences, about our common goals instead of our selfish interests, and if we also recognize that helping out and standing up for our fellow humans is crucial to our healthy survival, we may someday unite more completely as a species.

Learn more and purchase tickets here. (Tickets no longer available.)

Success of the First Live Theatre Performance, Constellations

Success for CCA’s first live performance since the pandemic closed venues more than a year ago. We are grateful for those who joined us as we return to live theatre! 

Virtual Art Education & Lecture Opportunities:

Through a partnership with Arts in Education of the Gorge we are bringing K-12 arts education to you! Stop by and pick up a free art kit for K-5 students with Vimeo links to guided art lessons with AIEG teaching artist, Chloë Hight. Art kit Supplies are limited. 

Click HERE to visit Vimeo art lesson videos on CCA’s website!

Arts in Education of the Gorge is also offering art activities during CCA’s First Friday events. Come visit!

www.gorgeartsined.org   |   Instagram  |  Facebook

Sense of Place Lecture Series
Connecting people through place and storytelling

October, November, and December lectures are online via Zoom.

Due to the current COVID health regulations Sense of Place (SOP) is going to stream their series online for the remainder of the year (2021) instead of using CCA’s Theater. We hope to be back in the theater with Sense of Place in 2022. 

As with last season, all the lectures will be recorded and then offered online for free (this includes any lectures that they are able to have live). Sense of Place will also have additional audio/video content that may be of interest to our patrons.

Click HERE to visit Sense of Place Homepage & How to Register for Lectures!

CCA offerings made possible by generous support from:

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September 2021

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In the Theatre:

We are back to requiring masks to keep everyone safe when visiting CCA.

Live indoor theatre! Join us indoors for Constellations. This spell-binding romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know – delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.

Directed by Tom Burns. Showing TWO weekends: October 8, 9, 10 & 15, 16, 17

$20 Per Adult Ticket

$18 Per Student / Senior Ticket

Click here for more information.

Adult Indoor Art Workshops:

Make a Twisted Bowl Basket with Chris Bush

Saturday October 2nd from 12-4pm at the CCA Art Studio
Limited to 10 participants

Participants will be weaving a Twisted Bowl basket in this class, learning to weave in a continuous weave around a circle spoked base. You choose your color scheme and will go home with a basket approximately 4”-6” inches tall and 8” or so wide.

Click here for more information

Coming this fall: Botanical printmaking with local artists Sorcha Meek. TBA

In the Gallery:

Last week to see Best of the Gorge 2021

This is our annual juried group show of regional work by gorge artists. Congrats to the prize winners: 1st – Nancy Houfek Brown, 2nd – Robyn Johnson and 3rd Christine Knowles.

This exhibit closes 4pm, Sunday, September 26th.

October Exhibit: Fever Dream: Abstract Interpretations of Dreamscapes and Nightmares

Fever dream is inspired by the artists’ abstract interpretations of their personal dreamscapes and nightmares. From surreal landscapes to the things that lurk in the shadows of the mind, Fever Dream is a rollercoaster ride through lunacy and the macabre. Featured artists include Stephen Kekule, Erin Loughran, Heather Tomlinson, Nic Vik, Kristine Pollard, Chas Martin, Kim Lindemyer, Teresa Knight, Lucas Tucker, Debora Lorang, Rebecca Flaiz, Kaitlynn Baugh, Danny McCarty, April Donovan, Peter Voigt, and Hickory Mertsching, accompanied by breathtaking photography Brian Chambers in the Entryway Gallery.

This show will be curated by Tom Lehmann of Blue Collar Agency in Hood River Oregon. Click for more information.

Join us First Friday, October 1st for opening reception from 5-7PM.

November Exhibit: Don’t Quit Your Day Job
Opening November 5th.

We have switched our show schedule around a bit this quarter and we will now be premiering Don’t Quit Your Day Job this coming November.

What does it mean to be an artist who is also a worker? How does a worker find ways to develop their art while also keeping food on the table and a roof over their head? How does a person manage the compulsion to create art within the context of the day job workday? And what does that do to the artist, and to the art? This split existence can often be a painful experience, but sometimes a rewarding one and a source of the energy behind an artist’s work.

For this show, Columbia Center for the Arts is seeking to showcase the art and the stories of artists with day jobs, or other daily concerns that provide the resources needed to survive – food, shelter, healthcare, transportation. We hope to present an immersive experience of what it is to make art, to create artistic expression, when sales of artworks are not the artist’s sole source of income.

This show will be curated by local artist and CCA Board Member, Genevieve Scholl.

Click here for more information.

Call to Artists: Holiday Small Works Market

Our gallery and retail space will be full of smaller works by local and regional artists. From ornaments and holiday cards, to original paintings, ceramics, limited edition prints, jewelry, and wearable items – we have everyone on your list covered. Artists are encouraged to make affordable works smaller in scale. (Exceptions apply!)

(Submissions now closed)

CCA has partnered with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty to Support Local Artists in the Gorge

Current Artists Exhibiting at Sotheby’s Include: Nancy Houfek Brown

Sotheby’s is located at 118 2nd in downtown Hood River across the street from Columbia Center for the Arts.

CCA Exhibitions are Supported by Cathedral Ridge Winery

Current Artists Exhibiting at Cathedral Ridge Include: Laurel Bushman, Sue Sutherland, Christine Knowles, Genevieve Scholl, and Sally Reichmuth.

In the CCA News:

We are very excited to announce the hire of Interim Executive Director Yasmin Acosta-Myers. Yasmin comes to Columbia Center for the Arts with an M.S. in Arts Administration, extensive time on local education and cultural boards–including Arts in Education, Big ART Project, Hood River Cultural Trust– and a license in Neurology of Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace.

“Yasmin’s experience is extremely relevant to the organization, we are fortunate she has joined the team at CCA. The last two years were challenging for art centers and non-profits; as the Center looks forward to the coming months we are optimistic to continue the strategic evolution and innovation we’ve outlined as a board of directors” stated Anna Cavaleri, board vice-chair.

“We are grateful for the caliber of leadership from our former executive director over the past two years. As we shift our sights towards the future we welcome the vision, collaboration, and passion Yasmin will bring to the organization.”

Columbia Center for the Arts conducted an extensive search and selection process, fielding outstanding applicants with a passion for community and the arts. Arts organizations did not escape the severe impacts of COVID-19 in the U.S., and Columbia Center for the Arts was not left unscathed. As the organization finishes the second half of the fiscal year 2021/2022, the board of directors will look to the leadership of Acosta-Myers to help achieve goals in diversifying cultural content, fundraising, and accessibility to the arts for all community members.

Born and raised in Tecate, Mexico, just across the US/Mexico border, Yasmin moved to Dillon, Montana at the age of 14. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Arts Education and Elementary Education she worked as an Art Educator before pursuing a Master’s of Science in Arts Administration. Her Master’s research focused on how place and social interactions in relation to art become sustainable cultural assets in the formation of a sense of place and belonging. Acosta-Myers continues to explore her dual cultural background through involvement with several arts and cultural boards, organizations, programs, and now with Columbia Center for the Arts.

Feel free to come in and meet Yasmin during open hours!

Volunteers Needed….

As CCA gears up with more live programming volunteers are needed to help us on performance nights, gallery events, getting the word out, and more. IF you are interested in supporting your community arts center, please join us as we build CCA back up to the thriving arts scene we know and love.
CLICK HERE for more info.

CCA offerings made possible by generous support from:

Download a PDF Version of September 2021 eNews

We are back to requiring masks to keep everyone safe when visiting CCA. We encourage you to come in and take your mind off these smokey hot August days. We have fun low-exertion activities keep you entertained.

 

Last days to buy tickets to Breath of Life

Live outdoor theatre under the stars: Join us outdoors in the stunning garden of a private home for and evening of wine, food, and theatre.

Friday, August 20 at 5:30pm, CCA invite you to a “fun’draiser” – an evening of meeting up with friends for a Greek meal, wine and delicious dessert, along with a Staged Reading of The The Breath of Life by David Hare. $75 each. Click here for more info about the show and event details. (Only 50 spaces available).

Saturday Aug 21 and Sunday, August 22 at 6pm performances at $20 each includes a glass of wine and the show. Click here for more info about the show and event details. (Only 50 spaces available).

LIVE Adult Indoor Art Workshops:

Make a Twisted Bowl Basket with Chris Bush

Saturday August 28th from 12-4pm at the CCA Art Studio
Limited to 10 participants

Participants will be weaving a Twisted Bowl basket in this class, learning to weave in a continuous weave around a circle spoked base. You choose your color scheme and will go home with a basket approximately 4”-6” inches tall and 8” or so wide.

Click here for more information

Coming this fall: Botanical printmaking with local artists Sorcha Meek. TBA

We are happy to report that the 2021 SUMMER CAMPS WERE A HUGE SUCCESS!

Together with Arts in Education of the Gorge, (AIEG), The Dalles Art Center (TDAC), and the History Museum of Hood River County, CCA served over 120 kids ages 7-12 , with over 20 scholarships for underserved campers for 6 weeks of summer arts camps. Special thanks to Amy Gray, AIEG’s Summer Camp Program Manager, who did an amazing job finding artists and setting up the camps. Also, big thanks to the teaching artists for their passion and talent: Dr. Deb Greer Currier, Stephanie Delgado, Erin Erickson, Jess Graff, Amy Gray, Molly Holmlund, Amy Jarvis, Joy Kloman, Lise Larsen, Marwan Nahle, Tim Snyder, Rod Stuart and Peg Wooten.

In the Gallery:

Last week to see Best of the Gorge 2021

The ANNUAL juried group show of regional work by gorge artists. Congrats to the prize winners: 1st – Nancy Houfeck Brown, 2nd – Robyn Johnson and 3rd Christine Knowles. The exhibit closes 5pm, Saturday, August 28.

This exhibit closes 4pm, Sunday, September 25th.

September Exhibit: Don’t Quit Your Day Job
Opening September 3.

The exhibit will showcase the art and the stories of artists with day jobs. Works will address what it means to be an artist who is also a worker? How does a worker find ways to develop their art while also keeping food on the table and a roof over their head?

The exhibit opens on First Friday, 6-8pm September 3. Masks required.

Call to Artists: Holiday Show 2021

Artists Needed for Holiday show. November and December in the gallery offers 2 months of holiday shopping.

Looking for artists who make crafts, wearable art, functional art and smaller artworks for gifting. Please click here to apply (Submissions now closed).

CCA Gallery Partnerships:

In addition to our satellite art exhibits with Cathedral Ridge, CCA and Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty (CSIR) are excited to announce their partnership supporting local artists by extending our exhibition space into the community. Christopher Pothier is currently Exhibiting at Sotheby’s offices located at 118 2nd in downtown Hood River across the street from Columbia Center for the Arts.

In the CCA News:

Note from the Director:

At the end of August I will be leaving CCA as the Executive Director. My time at CCA has been a wonderful opportunity for me to be part of such a valuable asset to our community. When I joined the CCA team 2 years ago as an interim Director I was honored to take part in securing our art center’s future. Since then we have ridden the wave of the Covid crisis thanks to generous support by our supporters and grant foundations. I am very proud to have worked on securing sustainable partnerships with area arts organizations including The Dalles Art Center, Arts in Education of the Gorge, The History Museum of Hood River County and Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association, which I know will prove vital to the long-term success of CCA. I was fortunate to begin new connections with the Latino community and encouraging more inclusion of BIPOC artists into our visual and performance programs, as well as initiating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training for the board. I am confident in our talented staff and dedicated board that these efforts will continue to grow and thrive. I am an avid CCA fan and moving forward I will do my part to support CCA in its continued success. Thank you, Leith Gaines.

CCA is actively seeking an Interim Director. For more information click here (Submissions now closed.)

Welcome to the Team!

We are very excited to introduce Colson Zack as the newest member to the CCA team as our Video Producer. He is a Hood River local and is very involved in the community here in the Gorge. He is passionate about creating film and photography and has worked alongside Columbia Gorge companies like Sailworks, HMK, + others! You can see Zack’s work for CCA here.

Volunteers Needed….

As CCA gears up with more live programming volunteers are needed to help us on performance nights, gallery events, getting the word out, and more.

IF you are interested in supporting your community arts center, please join us as we build CCA back up to the thriving arts scene we know and love.

CLICK HERE for more info.

CCA offerings made possible by generous support from:

Download a PDF Version of August 2021 eNews

The buzz is in the warm summer breeze. With the Oregon restrictions lifting people are shedding their masks and gathering again for arts experiences. CCA is responding by opening the CCA Theatre season to outdoor performances in August and live indoor performances and films this fall. Summer Camps are full and joyous. Wine and nibbles are returning to First Friday gallery openings. A glimmer of the freedoms from the past is shining through.

Thanks to all of you who generously donated to CCA during our spring drive CCA can continue to respond to the community’s need for a cultural center. Those of you who would still like to donate PLEASE DO by clicking here.

WHAT’S HAPPENING:

Theatre:

CCA has announced it’s 2021 Theatre Season including:

Theatre under the stars: Join us outdoors in the stunning garden of a private home for and evening of wine, food and theatre.

Friday, August 20 at 5:30pm, CCA invite you to a “fun’draiser” – an evening of meeting up with friends for a Greek meal, wine and delicious dessert, along with a Staged Reading of The The Breath of Life by David Hare and featuring Deborah Langlois and Judie Hanel.

$75/person, proceeds go to Columbia Center for the Arts Click here for more info about the show and event details. (Only 50 spaces available).

Saturday Aug 21 and Sunday, August 22 at 6pm performances at $20 each includes a glass of wine and the show. Click here for more info about the show and event details. (Only 50 spaces available).

LIVE!!! Adult Workshops!

Make a Twisted Bowl Basket with Chris Bush

Saturday August 28th from 12-4pm at the CCA Art Studio(Saturday August 21st at The Dalles Art Center)Participants will be weaving a Twisted Bowl basket in this class, learning to weave in a continuous weave around a circle spoked base. You choose your color scheme and will go home with a basket approximately 4”-6” inches tall and 8” or so wide.Limited to 10 participants
Click here for more info and to registerComing this fall: Botanical printmaking with local artists Sorcha Meek. TBA

GALLERY:

July – Mother River: The Columbia and Her Tributaries

The Pacific Northwest is known for its amazing rivers – many of which pour into the Columbia. The Columbia is a source of livelihood, commerce, recreation, transportation, food, and irrigation. This show is an effort to raise awareness about our rivers and exhibits the work of the many talented landscape artists in the region including the remarkable works of Toma Villa, Don Bailey, Peter Boome, Nancy Houfek-Brown, Brian Chambers, Sue Southerland, Christine Knowles, Amirra Malak, Chad Mayo, Sue Allen, Allison McClay, Virgil Harper, Sally Bills Bailey, and accompanied by Dee Tory in the Entryway Gallery.

Click for more information

September in the Gallery:

Artist Judith Cunningham, donated to CCA

August: Best of the Gorge 2021

CCA is excited to gear up for the ANNUAL Best of the Gorge exhibit, a juried group show of regional work by gorge artists.

Join us First Friday August 6th from 6-8pm for the exhibit opening.

Call to Artists: Don’t Quit Your Day Job

For this show, Columbia Center for the Arts is seeking to showcase the art and the stories of artists with day jobs, or other daily concerns that provide the resources needed to survive – food, shelter, healthcare, transportation. We hope to present an immersive experience of what it is to make art, to create artistic expression, when sales of artworks are not the artist’s sole source of income.

To apply to this exhibition, click here (Submissions now closed).

Call to Artists: Fever Dream

Fever dream is inspired by the artists’ abstract interpretations of their personal dreamscapes and nightmares. From surreal landscapes to the things that lurk in the shadows of the mind, Fever Dream is a rollercoaster ride through lunacy and the macabre.

This show will be curated by Tom Lehmann of Blue Collar Agency in Hood River Oregon.

To apply to this exhibition, click here (Submissions now closed.)

SUMMER FUN ARTS EDUCATION

Summer Camp 2021

CCA and The Dalles Arts Center partner with Arts in Education of the Gorge to offer outrageously fun week-long art camps between July 5 and August 13 for 2-5th graders.

Camps are full except for a few spots left for our July 26th-30th: Builders and Buckets Summer Art Camp
SIGN UP NOW!

For more information about the camps, teaching artists, schedule and registration, please click here.

Online Experiences

Arts Learning in Spanish!

FREE: Bi-lingual art instructional videos are here. Fun for the whole family AND in Spanish and English so you can make art and practice a new language!

Musician Samuel Becerra performs and tells stories with instruments from his Mayan culture, specifically flutes, and THEN he teaches you how to make music at home.

Christian Barrios, a painter and sculptor talks art, tells stories about Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo all while you create puppets together from a simple bag and supplies found at home.

IN CCA NEWS…

Saying Goodbye –
After many years of service Joe Garoutte and Dena Gadomski are stepping of the CCA Board. Tim Ortlieb is stepping down as videographer as well.

We are so grateful for their contribution of time and dedication to CCA. They will be sorely missed.

Volunteers Needed….

As CCA gears up with more live programming volunteers are needed to help us on performance nights, gallery events, getting the word out and more.
IF you are interested in supporting your community arts center, please join us as we build CCA back up to the thriving arts scene we know and love.

CLICK HERE for more info.

CCA offerings made possible by generous support from:

Download a PDF Version of July 2021 eNews

Summer is here and we are busy at CCA! While you are downtown please visit the Art and Day exhibit and the high school AP Art Show in our Gallery. Summer camps are filling up and the fall performances are in rehearsal. The hum of our art hub is getting louder.

No amount is too small. June 30 marks the end of our online Spring Fundraising Drive. Click here to read our story and make a one-time donation or sign up for a monthly donation. Your contribution comes back to you through our beautiful art exhibits, the exciting upcoming theatre season, summer art camps, adult art workshops and more.

Gallery

Mark Nilsson
Molly Holmlund
Chas Martin

Art a Day, June 4th – 26th

Art-a-Day is an annual exhibition that challenges artists to create one piece of art a day for the duration of a month. Participating artists in this year’s show include Rebecca Bashara, Mark Nilsson, Chloë Hight, Chas Martin, George Winn – aka Stump One, and Molly Holmlund. Local artist, Seddon Wylde will be exhibiting her work in the Entryway Gallery with an additional challenge for viewers. Winner of the challenge will receive a free painting by the artist. Click here for more information.

In the Nook:

AP Drawing and Independent Study Students from Hood River Options Academy and Hood River Valley High School created works based on a sustained investigation or idea of their choosing over the course of this school year.

Coming Up in the Gallery…

July – Mother River: The Columbia and Her Tributaries

The Pacific Northwest is known for its amazing rivers – many of which pour into the Columbia. The Columbia is a source of livelihood, commerce, recreation, transportation, food, and irrigation. We all love our rivers and want to see them preserved and respected. This show is an effort to raise awareness about our rivers. It is also an opportunity to exhibit the work of the many talented landscape artists in the region.

Click for more information

Call to Artists!

Artist Judith Cunningham, donated to CCA

August: Best of the Gorge 2021

CCA is excited to gear up for the ANNUAL Best of the Gorge exhibit, a juried group show of regional work by gorge artists. To apply to exhibit your artwork click here (Submissions now closed).

BIPOC, LGBTQ, Handicapped Encouraged to Apply. Deadline for Submissions July 5th

October: Fever Dream: Abstract Interpretations of Dreamscapes and Nightmares

Fever dream is inspired by the artists’ abstract interpretations of their personal dreamscapes and nightmares. From surreal landscapes to the things that lurk in the shadows of the mind, Fever Dream is a rollercoaster ride through lunacy and the macabre.

This show will be curated by Tom Lehmann of Blue Collar Agency in Hood River Oregon.To apply to exhibit your artwork click here (Submissions now closed).

BIPOC, LGBTQ, Handicapped Encouraged to Apply. Deadline for Submissions September 1st

Summer Fun Arts Education

Summer Art Camps SIGN UP NOW! CCA and The Dalles Arts Center partner with Arts in Education of the Gorge to offer outrageously fun week-long art camps between July 5 and August 13 for 2-5th graders.

July 5th-9th: Artapalooza ( TWO SPOTS LEFT!)
July 12th-16th: Rhythm and Blues, Drums and Paintings
July 19th-23rd: Stitch and Measure, Trash to Treasure
July 26th-30th: Builders and Buckets
Aug 2nd-6th: Fabulous Fiber Arts
Aug 9th-13th: Wild Things, Come and Play!

For more information about the camps, teaching artists, schedule and registration, please click here.

LIVE!!! Adult Workshops!

Botanical Printmaking with Sorcha Meek

Thursday, June 24th from 6:00-8:30pm Botanical printmaking with local artist Sorcha Meek. This workshop is an introduction to lino-cut technique. This class is limited to 8 people. It will be in-person at CCA art studio) on. All levels welcome! Click here to register.

Let’s Weave a Market Basket with Chris Bush

June 20, 12-4pm at CCA (Pending… registration closing soon!)
June 19 at The Dalles Art Center
Basket weaving is a craft of old, made in many forms and created in every country on this earth. You will learn the basics of basket weaving and take home a square basket with handle.
Limited to 6 participants

Click here for more info and to register

Life Casting Workshop with Peny Wallace

July 10: 12-5pm / July 11: 12-3pm at CCA
June 26-27 at The Dalles Art Center

Bring a partner, roll up your sleeves to learn from artist Peny Wallace, the basics of Life Casting. You will cast either two hands in a pose or a hand and a face in a pose. The process works best with two people working together.
Limited to 6 participants.

Click here for more info and to register

Artist Christian Barrios

ONLINE EXPERIENCES

Arts Learning in Spanish!

FREE: Bi-lingual art instructional videos are here. Fun for the whole family AND in Spanish and English so you can make art and practice a new language!

Musician Samuel Becerra performs and tells stories with instruments from his Mayan culture, specifically flutes, and THEN he teaches you how to make music at home.

Christian Barrios, a painter and sculptor talks art, tells stories about Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo all while you create puppets together from a simple bag and supplies found at home.

CCA offerings made possible by generous support from:

Download a PDF Version of June 2021 eNewsletter

The season of ABUNDANCE in The Gorge

Summer is around the corner and CCA is celebrating with the release of 6 weeks of outdoor Summer Kids Camps, 2 Adult studio workshops, 2 Bilingual arts learning videos and FINALLY rehearsals in the theatre for upcoming CCA online and live theatre performances.

Every spring we ask for your support to keep your arts center inspiring!
Please click here to read our story and make a one-time donation or sign up for a monthly donation. Your contribution comes back to you through our beautiful art exhibits, the exciting upcoming theatre season, summer art camps, and more.

Summer Fun Arts Education

Summer Art Camps SIGN UP NOW!

CCA and The Dalles Arts Center partner with Arts in Education of the Gorge to offer outrageously fun week-long art camps between July 5 and August 13 for 2-5th graders.

July 5th-9th: Artapalooza
July 12th-16th: Rhythm and Blues, Drums and Paintings
July 19th-23rd: Stitch and Measure, Trash to Treasure
July 26th-30th: Builders and Buckets
Aug 2nd-6th: Fabulous Fiber Arts
Aug 9th-13th: Wild Things, Come and Play!

For more information about the camps, teaching artists, schedule and registration, please click here.

Summer Adult Workshops

This summer CCA and The Dalles Art Center will offer a variety of adult art classes.
Upcoming classes in the studio:

Let’s Weave a Market Basket with Chris Bush
June 20, 12-4pm at CCA
June 19 at The Dalles Art Center
Limit to 6 participants

Basket weaving is a craft of old, made in many forms and created in every country on this earth. You will learn the basics of basket weaving and take home a square basket with handle.

For more info and registration click here

Life Casting Workshop with Peny Wallace
July 10: 12-5pm / July 11: 12-3pm at CCA
July 26-27 at The Dalles Art Center
Limit to 6 participants

Bring a partner, roll up your sleeves to learn from artist Peny Wallace the basics of Life Casting. You will cast either two hands in a pose or a hand and a face in a pose. The process works best with two people working together.

For more info and registration click here

Gallery

Biennial Collaboration with The Dalles Art Center
Inaugural Exhibit: Beyond the Construct

CCA is excited to team up with The Dalles Art Center for the first of ongoing collaborative Biennial exhibitions, each focused on a different medium.
Beyond the Construct showcases over 25 Pacific NW ceramic artists invited and juried in by Brett Binford.

Visit here for more information

Artist Mark Nilsson

June much-loved annual Art a Day Exhibit

Art-a-Day is an annual exhibition that challenges artists to create one piece of art a day for the duration of a month. Each artist presents their series together allowing viewers to see the development over a 30-day practice. Participating artists in this year’s show include Rebecca Bashara, Mark Nilsson, Chloe Hight, George Winn aka Stump One, Molly Holmlund, and Scott MacDonald. Local artist, Seddon Wylde will be exhibiting her work in the Entryway Gallery with an additional challenge for viewers. Winner of the challenge will receive a free painting by the artist.

Click here for more info

Artist Christian Barrios

ONLINE EXPERIENCES

Arts Learning in Spanish!

FREE: Bi-lingual art instructional videos are here. Fun for the whole family AND in Spanish and English so you can make art and practice a new language!

Musician Samuel Becerra performs and tells stories with instruments from his Mayan culture, specifically flutes, and THEN he teaches you how to make music at home.

Learn more here

Christian Barrios, a painter and sculptor talks art, tells stories about Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo all while you create puppets together from a simple bag and supplies found at home.

Learn more here

Made possible by grants from:

Download a PDF Version of May 2021 eNewsletter

What’s Happening Now

CCA presents FREE virtual performance of ¡HUELGA! By Teatro Milagro
By Maya Malan-Gonzalez
A Virtual Presentation Saturday, May 1, 2021, 7 PM

Written with a nod to El Teatro Campesino, this “actos” style play, produced by Teatro Milagro, travels back in time to 1962 to share the beginning of the farmworkers movement and then highlight the amazing journey of one woman who continues to make history. Dolores Huerta’s innumerable successes often went uncelebrated in the past until she changed the normative ideas about women in leadership. In 2012, when she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama, he also gave an acknowledgment to the fact that Dolores coined the famous phrase “Si, se puede, yes, we can!”

Join us for a live “talk-back” with the actors following the presentation.

Register here
(registration now closed)

Gallery

If you haven’t seen the current exhibit, Ancestors Known and Unknown, works by Lillian Pitt and friends, I HIGHLY recommend you come visit us. Lillian’s glassworks and masks and jewelry are breathtaking. Accompanied by the powerful masks by Toma Villa, the massive color and energy fields of Sarah Siestreem and the photos by Joe Cantrell of rocks, or are they stars in the universe? This is a special show not to be missed.

May

Ceramic Exhibit: Beyond the Construct
First Friday opening reception Friday, May 7, 5-7pm at CCA
(6-8pm at The Dalles Art Center)

CCA is excited to team up with The Dalles Art Center on our first of an ongoing collaborative Biennial, each focused on a different medium. The first of these biennials highlights ceramic work from around the Pacific Northwest and will be open to artists residing in Oregon and Washington. Beyond the Construct is an opportunity to showcase the expressive and functional capacities of clay. The collaborative exhibits will showcase works by Aisha Harrison, Baba Wague, Dirk Staschke, Ivan Carmona, Joe Davis, Lisa Conway, Maya Vivas, Stacy Jo Scott, Willie Little, PK Hoffman, and over 22 regional clay artists juried in by Brett Binford.

The juror, Brett Binford, is an artist and entrepreneur residing in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-owner/co-founder of Mudshark Studios, Eutectic Gallery, Kept Goods, and Clay Street.

The juried artists were asked to submit two pieces of work: (1) piece representing the functional aspect of their practice, and (1) piece representing the expressive side.

Prize winners of the show will be announced at The Dalles Art Center at 6:30pm
with a live link in the CCA Art Gallery.

Visit here for more information

Arts Education

KIDS – Registration for CCA Summer Art Camps goes live April 28 offering 5-day visual and performing arts camps will run from July 5 and August 13 and include photography, tile art, painting with dyes, theatre, drumming and more. Classes will be available at both CCA and The Dalles Art Center and designed for kids ranging from 6-18 of age. Check our website next week for more information and registration. Shout out to our partner Arts in Education of the Gorge for helping us make this happen. Couldn’t do it without you Amy!

Summer Adult Workshops

This summer CCA and The Dalles Art Center will offer a variety of adult art classes in basket weaving, printmaking, wooden spoon making and more…
Registration available in May.

Until then…CCA is happy to connect you to an upcoming Zoom Art Series,
Book of Revelations, at The Dalles Art Center: May 01, 10:00 AM – May 15, 12:00 PM

Join Jenny Loughmiller in a powerful workshop exploring the intersection of art and the divine/spirit/God/universe/muse. There will be three classes taking place over Zoom on Saturday, May 1st, 8th, and the 15th from 10am-12pm.

Click here for more information or to register

Made possible by grants from:

Download a PDF Version of April 2021 eNewsletter

What’s Happening Now

Thanks to the Covid Low Risk status of Hood River County, CCA is thrilled to celebrate Lillian Pitt Solo Exhibit with a First Friday Opening Reception 6-8pm on April 2.

More info below.

Gallery

Last week to see Out There, an exhibition of other-worldly landscapes and allegories featuring work by Bill Brewer, Xander Griffith, and Rose Szapszewicz.

In the Gallery through March 27, 11-5 pm.

April: “Ancestors Known and Unknown” Lillian Pit solo show. CCA is overjoyed to have Lillian Pitt bring her new work to our gallery for the month of April. Lillian has received numerous awards including the Governor’s Award of the Oregon Arts Commission. Her work is collected worldwide, and she has collaborated with renowned artists such as Maya Lin on the Confluence Project started in 2002, glass artist Preston Singletary, and James Lavadour founder of Crow’s Shadow Institute, to name a few.

Lillian’s vision for this show is inspired by over 10,000 years of the Native Americans living in the Columbia Gorge. She says, “We are still here”.
Her pieces honor the ancient tools and everyday objects made of basalt and clay. Relics used in everyday life for centuries, and still used today.

In the Lobby: At Lillian’s invitation artwork by Toma Villa, Sara Siestreem, Joe Cantrell and Deborah Lorang will be on exhibit in our lobby.

CCA Events

The CCA Theater is not dark! We are thrilled to have Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association, CGOA, currently in rehearsal for the upcoming filming of The Fantasticks for April 16 and 17 performances.

For more information about tickets please visit CGOA website.

Coming in May CCA presents Teatro Milagro’s ¡HUELGA!
By Maya Malan-Gonzalez
Virtual Performances will be available May 1-30

Written with a nod to El Teatro Campesino, this “actos” style play, produced by Teatro Milagro, travels back in time to 1962 to share the beginning of the farmworkers movement and then highlight the amazing journey of one woman who continues to make history. Dolores Huerta’s innumerable successes often went uncelebrated in the past until she changed the normative ideas about women in leadership. In 2012, when she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama, he also gave an acknowledgment to the fact that Dolores coined the famous phrase “Si, se puede, yes, we can!”

Arts Education: Summer Camps are in the works. CCA is planning with The Dalles Art Center and Arts in Education of the Gorge to offer summer art camps in July and August for kids ranging from 6-18. Check our website in late April for more information on classes and days and times.

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February 2021

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What’s Happening Now

CCA is very excited to introduce our new Art Gallery team. Rachael Erickson our Gallery Manager and Mattea Schwab our Gallery Assistant. Please come in and welcome them to the CCA family.

Rachael Erickson is a practicing artist who heralds from Northeast Ohio. Before becoming CCA`s Gallery Manager, Rachael received her BFA from Kent State University in 2010 and MFA at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2014 with a focus in glass. She has received scholarships to Pilchuck School of Glass as well as Pittsburg Glass Center. Rachael has also taught workshops at various schools around the U.S.

Mattea Schwab joined the CCA team in February of 2021 and looks forward to being more immersed in the art community of the Gorge. She has lived in the Columbia Gorge her whole life and loves and appreciates the beauty of her hometown!

Ceramic artists ACT NOW! March 22 is the DEADLINE for ceramic artists to apply for May exhibition, BEYOND THE CONSTRUCT. For more information and to apply please click here. CCA and The Dalles Art Center are excited to announce the first in an ongoing collaborative Biennial, each focused on a different medium. The first of these biennials will highlight ceramic work from around the Pacific Northwest and will be open to artists residing in Oregon and Washington. Beyond the Construct is an opportunity to showcase the expressive and
functional capacities of clay.

Gallery

March: “Out There”, an exhibition of other-worldly landscapes and allegories featuring work by Bill Brewer, Xander Griffith, and Rose Szapszewicz.
Exhibit dates: April 2 – May 1 – Hours Tuesday – Saturday 11-5

April: “Ancestors Known and Unknown” Lillian Pit solo show. Lillian’s vision for this show is inspired by over 10,000 years of the Native Americans living in the Columbia Gorge. She says, “We are still here”. Her pieces honor the ancient tools and everyday objects made of basalt and clay. Relics used in everyday life for centuries, and still used today. At Lillian’s invitation Toma Villa, Sara Siestreem, Joe Cantrell and Deborah Lorang will exhibit their work in the CCA Lobby.

CCA Events

Coming in May CCA presents Teatro Milagro’s ¡HUELGA!
By Maya Malan-Gonzalez
Virtual Performances will be available May 1-30

Written with a nod to El Teatro Campesino, this “actos” style play, produced by Teatro Milagro, travels back in time to 1962 to share the beginning of the farmworkers movement and then highlight the amazing journey of one woman who continues to make history. Dolores Huerta’s innumerable successes often went uncelebrated in the past until she changed the normative ideas about women in leadership. In 2012, when she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama, he also gave an acknowledgment to the fact that Dolores coined the famous phrase
Si, se puede, yes, we can!

Brewing on the horizon: CCA TheatreWorks Committee is planning the 2021-2022
Theatre season. More details of upcoming performances will be announced soon.

Job Opportunity:
CCA is looking for a Part-time Administrative Coordinator.
For more information about the position please click here.
(Position has been filled)

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