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Roots – Best of the Gorge

Juried Exhibition

Sept 4 – Sept 25, 2020

Opening Reception:
Sept 4, 2020

6:00 – 8:00pm


Best of Gorge Update

In light of recent closures and events we have decided to postpone the Best of Gorge show until September of this year. In addition, we are re-framing the nature of the show and would like to invite artists to submit work in response to the recent events.

The past few months have been a time of unknown outcomes and movement toward change. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, stay at home orders, and closures – we have all been living in a time of uncertainty. The Black Lives Matter movement has cracked open the dialogue around race and injustice in America, and continues to grow momentum. We invite artists to submit work in response to, or influenced by these ongoing events.

Whereas previous Best of Gorge exhibitions have included a monetary award for participants, we will be donating proceeds to the ACLU. Awards will still be given, and artists honored. We hope that the gorge community will take this opportunity to create new work and to engage in the important discussions taking place.

We look forward to seeing what you’ll submit!


About the Show
This premier show celebrates and rewards the best artwork produced by mid-Columbia Gorge artists. All mediums are welcome, such as drawing, painting, photography, glass, ceramics, sculpture, fiber art and digital and mixed media. Prizes will go to the best three artworks as chosen by the Juror.

About the Juror
Kristin O’Neill was a set designer in LA for many years before moving to The Gorge. Her work required creating visual vignettes for film and TV. Some of her credits include the movie Stewart Little, and the television production of the MTV Awards. She currently uses her creative talents as the creative director of, as well as the co-owner of the performance-based event site The Ruins at the old cannery.

The show is open to all mid-Columbia residents who live at least three months annually in one of the following Columbia Gorge counties: Klickitat, Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, & Skamania counties.


We would love for you to apply, (the show is titled Best of the Gorge 2020 on the site). The Fee is $35 for up to three images




All of the 2020 Gallery Exhibits are generously sponsored by Cathedral Ridge Winery.


Columbia Center for the Arts

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

(Labor Day - Memorial Day)
Tuesday-Saturday , 11am-5pm
(Memorial Day - Labor Day )
Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm

Closed Holidays:
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day



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