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Columbia Center for the Arts News, Exhibits, Events and Calls to Artists

May 2014     
  215 Cascade Avenue   Hood River, Oregon 97031  541.387.8877

Get WILD with Columbia Center for the Arts.

It’s going to be a great summer here at the Center with the Oregon Wild! series of art shows celebrating the Pacific Northwest. Warm weather brings Summer Art Experiences,  amazing theatre productions of The Good Body by Eve Ensler; directed by Judie Hanel and Urinetown, the Musical; directed by Mark Steigner and many other outstanding events.  Don’t miss a thrilling second.

-The Center Team

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Pushing Reality Photography Competition and Exhibition
May 2nd – June 1st 

This year’s show features 40 photographs that go beyond the traditional landscape and scenery photography. “Pushing Reality” aims to make viewers stop and think and take a second look. Get ready to see work that will stretch the ordinary and evoke a unique and creative way to visualize the world.

The top three winners are to be announced at 6 p.m. on First Friday, May 2nd at our First Friday opening receptions. Complimentary appetizers with beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Sponsored by Pro Photo Supply and Oregon Trail Insurance

Nook Artist: Cleo Sterling
May 2nd – June 1st 

Creativity Lab Workshop:
Self Publishing Without Tears
May 3rd, 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Creativity Lab: Self Publishing with out Tears
with authors Ron Lovell and Nick Sherma
Saturday, May 3rd, 9am-12pm

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The Good Body  
 May 8th-10th, 15th-17th, and 11th at 2 p.m.
Eve Ensler’s author of the international sensation The Vagina Monologues, is back, this time to rock our view of what it means to have a “good body.” We’re providing you with a good reason to gather your girls for a night out and come celebrate what brings us all together in sisterhood, feed your “Good Body” and soul! Tickets available at Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and online.

CAST auditions for the Staged Reading of In “The Next Room or The Vibrator Play
 May 18th & 20th
CAST announces auditions for the staged reading of Sarah Ruhls In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play, a comedy about marriage, intimacy, electricity, and the alternating currents of desireLearn More

Author Talk with Cheryl Hill 
Mt Hood National Forest 
May 21st at 7 p.m.
Join Columbia Center for the Arts and Waucoma Bookstore for a look at Mount Hood National Forest in the next addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular images of America series. The book by author Cheryl Hill boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by in this Oregon national forest. The slideshow presentation and author talk will be Wednesday May 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Art Sale
May 24th & 25th, 11 am – 5 pm 

Cormac and His Comrades
May 24th, 1 pm and 4 pm

Cormac and His Comrades
Written by Rachel Harry
with original music by Duncan Krummel
May 24, 2014 at 1pm and 4pm

HRVHS Phoenix Theater presents Cormac and His Comrades, written by Rachel Harry with original music by Duncan Krummel. Cormac and His Comrades is based on an Irish folk tale.

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May 28th  

Join local filmmaker Bill Kelter on May 28th along with some of the actors from the film for an evening of laughter with “Veeps: Profiles in Insignificance”. This film tells the story of Bill and Wayne – two middle-aged men in search of their American dream, their lives at a disappointing stall. They see a shot at a mid-life redemption and grab it. They follow the Vice Presidents as others follow athletes or rock stars.

Exploring Antioquia
May 29th 7:30 p.m.
 Join filmmaker Todd Wells and photographer Eric Parker as they lead you on a visual journey of sensational Colombian culture and two first descents. In the fall of 2013 eight elite kayakers from around the world undertook a most epic whitewater kayaking expedition in the heart of central Colombia. Along the way the team successfully completed the first descent of two never before run river canyons within the state of Antioquia. Down the raging waters of the Rio Cauca, Colombia’s second biggest watershed, and past the never-ending coca plantations of the Rio Neshi, the trip was full of colorful adventures.
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Dance with your feet, Help with your Hands!
June 1st 7:00 p.m.
Join Hood River Valley High School student members of Aurora and Borealis along with Columbia Gorge Dance Academy Company Dancers in a benefit to support “Helping Hands Against Violence.”

Pastel Workshop with Karen Watson

June 21st & 22nd

Learn the fundamentals of pastels, beginning with various applications techniques.  Particular emphasis will be given to understanding value relationships and how to play with color.  Class is limited to 12 students. Cost for this 2 day workshop is $165 to register click here

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Looking for Summer Art Experiences?
Stay tuned for upcoming classes and workshops for all ages!

Feeling Generous?

The arts are a wonderful way to give back to the world.
If you’re feeling generous

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Artist Calls
We have many opportunities to be a featured artist here in the Gallery. The Best of the Gorge and

Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2014.We currently  accepting submissions for

 the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival!

Team registration is now open for the 48 Hour Film Project click here for submission information

Rene Eisenbart Watercolor Workshop


This one day event covers the basics for painting a portrait, using you as the subject. It’s easy to take risks when working with your own image – after all, you only have yourself to please! So you can experiment to your heart’s content.

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