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At Windermere Real Estate

Columbia Center for the Arts curates a monthly art exhibition at the Hood River Windermere Real Estate Office at 315 Oak Street in downtown Hood River, OR.

September & October 2019 Features:

Suzy Lacey LaRuffa

Artist Statement/Bio

Suzy Lacey LaRuffa moved from Virginia to Oregon with her love in 2000. Growing up in the Appalachian mountains presented a love of rolling hills, colors and textures of the earth. Moving to Oregon definitely inspired a new appreciation of mountains, hues and composition. This show represents the adoration that she has for the landscapes of Oregon through the Gorge and down into the valleys of eastern Oregon.

Suzy lives and works in Portland, Oregon and has been actively showing her work in group shows since 2011. She began working with acrylics shortly after moving to Oregon and since 2010 has blended the love of painting with wood burning. Pyrography or “wood-burning” is a form of artwork which appeals to the love of texture and wood. It’s appealing to all of the senses even hearing, imagine the sound of searing wood when a soft vein presents itself in the process. The texture draws us in to see does it recede or protrude; is that painted or charred?

This show takes the viewer from the colors and textures of the forest floor out into the Columbia Gorge, over to the Dalles Mountain Ranch to view Oregon in its splendor, and into the shapes, contours and colors of the south eastern part of Oregon. The paintings allow the viewer to experience the weight and wonder of Oregon’s landscapes.

All of the 2019 Gallery Exhibits are generously sponsored by Cathedral Ridge Winery and Windermere Real Estate.






Columbia Center for the Arts

215 Cascade Avenue
PO Box 1543
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 387-8877
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Center Hours

Tuesday-Sunday , 10am-5pm

Open Christmas eve (12/24) 10am- 2pm
Closed 12/25 - 1/2



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