Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Blog - Art

VISIT ESTACADA FOR THE FUNGUS, STAY FOR THE MURALS
10/30/2017 | Agritourism, Art, Estacada, Hiking, Mt Hood Territory, Wildlife
Calling all fun guys and fun gals, the annual Estacada Festival of Fungus is back! Join fellow mushroom enthusiasts on Saturday, November 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Estacada High School for a fungus filled day. In addition to the beautiful and educational displays of Pacific Northwest mushrooms, the event will feature vendors featuring fungus related items, a children’s area, an area for planning your future outings and fungi- and fermentation-related demonstrations. Bring in your own freshly foraged loot and get help identifying what they are with onsite mycologists. Guests can also enjoy an art show featuring local artists. And since you’re in Estacada, make sure to check out all the wonderful murals around downtown! The mural project began in 1994 and each...  Read More
WATERFALLS: BY SKY, WATER OR LAND
10/10/2017 | Art, Brewery, Cascade Locks, Food, Hood River, Recreation, Road Trip, Shopping, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
While Highway 30 may be closed past the Women’s Forum Overlook due to the Eagle Creek fire, many people are wondering, “How can I see the waterfalls?" Well, how about a stunning view from the sky? When you book a flight with Envi Adventures, you get a ticket to a front row view of the Columbia River Gorge. And right now through November 19, you can get a discount with their “Gorge Love” promotion. Use code "gorgelove" when purchasing. Flights leave right out of the Troutdale Airport.Before heading into the skies, stroll along downtown Troutdale and enjoy antiques, art, beautiful home furnishings and sample one of the local restaurants. From Angus Beef Burgers to Ziti Pasta, they’ve got it all.Or, how about...  Read More
OVERLOOK FILM FESTIVAL
03/30/2017 | Art, Event, Lodging, Mt Hood Territory
 "Come out, come out, wherever you are..." to historic Timberline Lodge from April 27th - 30th to participate in a brand new film festival experience - The Overlook Film Festival. The Overlook Film Festival is a 4-day celebration of the horror film genre set in the infamous "Overlook Hotel," aka Timberline Lodge, from Stanley Kubrick's infamous film The Shining. On top of terrifyingly brilliant films, the festival programming includes experiential events, live music, and thought-provoking panel discussions. For more information on tickets and places to stay: www.overlookfilmfest.comWhile you are up on the mountain, make sure to set aside time to enjoy everything else it has to offer like a hike through Wildwood Recreation Site, skiing Mt. Hood, and taking in...  Read More
DANCE INTO HOOD RIVER MUSIC MONTH
02/07/2017 | Art, Event, Hood River
While Hood River, Oregon is best known in wintertime for its access to the ski slopes on Mt. Hood and waterfall hikes in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, its gaining attention for its blossoming arts, culture and music scene, too.This February, visit during Hood River Music Month for a unique opportunity to sample some of the regions top musical acts. Featuring more than 50 events, Hood River Music Month includes a wide range of performances, lectures and films.Highlights include:Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance (February 9-12, 7 p.m., Wyeast Performing Arts Center). Presented by the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association. More info.Wasco Brothers (February 11, 8 p.m., Double Mountain Brewery). This honky-tonk country and rock band from the beautiful...  Read More
CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN HOOD RIVER
11/28/2016 | Art, Event, Hood River, Shopping, Skiing
'Tis the season for relaxing with family and friends, playing in the snow, and taking time to recharge and Hood River is the ideal place for all three. Here are 5 great ways to celebrate the holiday season in Hood River this year. 1. Stress-Free ShoppingThroughout the month, local businesses, artists, chefs and other local makers will host holiday open houses, special events and sales. For an up-to-date list of holiday shopping events, visit HoodRiver.org. 2. Hood River Holidays ParadeHood River's small-town charm shines brighter than ever during the Hood River Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting, Friday, December 2. The festivities include a parade through historic downtown, the tree lighting, caroling and perhaps even a Santa sighting! 3. Cultural ExperiencesFrom the...  Read More
THE SEASON TO CELEBRATE ART
09/12/2016 | Art, West Columbia River Gorge
Autumn is the perfect time to explore the West Columbia River Gorge. The leaves are changing color, orchards fill with apples and pears, and art is celebrated on every corner.The West Columbia Gorge is the place to be when it comes to art. Local artists are inspired by the regions beauty and incredible natural features, found nowhere else. One of the best ways to experience the work of these artists is at the Fall Festival of the Arts. Held during the weekend of September 30th through October 2nd, the Fall Festival of the Arts takes place in multiple locations throughout the Gorge, including Glenn Otto Park, downtown Troutdale, and Cascade Locks.This festival is more than just paintings on canvas or...  Read More
HISTORY MUSEUM
08/30/2016 | Art, Heritage, Hood River
Hood River County's History Museum is a wonderful stop to make in the Columbia River Gorge. Filled with over 11,000 artifacts of the area, come learn about the histories of the region! Cemetery Tales, a reenactment put on every year by the museum, is almost here! Come on September 9th-11th to see the histories of different people in our past in the Hood River area!The ever-popular Cemetery Tales is in its 8th year as a local favorite event.Be sure to see this years production which has the theme, Actions Create Change. One never knows what one small action can do to create changes in ones life or in the lives of others. It is hoped that our audience will learn...  Read More
FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
08/24/2016 | Art, Cascade Locks, Event, Heritage, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce and the Troutdale Arts Council has published a press release for the 2nd Annual Fall Festival Of The Arts, which will feature fine artists from around the Gorge region. Learn more about one of the incredible artists who has agreed to be a part of this wonderful festival, celebrating and encouraging artists within our beautiful Columbia River Gorge region. Gary Fenske Chosen as Feature Artist at Fall Festival of the ArtsAn artist is not a camera for someone elses mind. - Gary Fenske, 2016PORTLAND, OR August 20, 2016 Internationally acclaimed artist Gary Fenske announced today that his series of fluorescing art murals, Illuminations of the Gorge, was chosen as the feature exhibit for the...  Read More
THEATER AT EDGEFIELD
08/18/2016 | Agritourism, Art, Brewery, Event, Food, Heritage, Lodging, Recreation, Shopping, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge, Winery
Sit back and enjoy a wonderful movie in the historical and beautiful Edgefield Theater. Comfy chairs, food and drink served before the movie starts all in a beautiful room surrounded by gorgeous murals and paintings. Come down to Edgefield for an excellent movie experience. About Edgefield TheaterWeve enhanced your movie-going at the Poor Farm! Enjoy new luxury movie rocker seats, online ticket purchase with reserved seating and food and table service starting 45 minutes before each showing!!Accommodations Our theater offers a quality entertainment experience for deaf, hard of hearing and vision impaired guests. Our movie showings are closed captioned, and we offer individual Captiview closed caption devices that sit in your seats cupholder. In addition, we offer two types of...  Read More
ST. PETER'S
08/05/2016 | Art, Heritage, The Dalles
Walk in the history of this landmark in The Dalles. Originally known as St Peters Catholic Church, St Peter's Landmark was built in 1897. It was almost torn down but the community banded together to keep it standing.Old St. Peter's Landmark, originally known as St. Peter's Catholic Church, was built in 1897, and was dedicated on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1898. In 1970, the Monsignor of the Church declared that the church should be torn down and the bricks sold. At the time, a new church was being built that would hold more parishioners and would provide easier access for Senior Citizens.A small band of citizens, concerned that such an exquisite building should be destroyed, formed Old St. Peter's...  Read More
TROUTDALE CAR SHOW
08/02/2016 | Art, Event, Transportation, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge
Come on down to Troutdale for the Troutdale Kiwanis Car Show, displaying cars of all makes and models! Not only is this a great opportunity to enjoy these classic cars, but proceeds go to children's charities! Make a difference and have fun in Troutdale, August 7th!The 2016 Car Show will be our 13th showing off once again cars of all makes, models and years. The date this year will be August 7th starting at 9:00 am and wrapping up around 3:00 pm. Proceeds from our show will be going to Doernbecher Childrens Cancer Program, Randall Childrens Hospital and Troutdale Kiwanis Kids are Key Programs.You can learn more about the Troutdale Kiwanis Car Show by visiting their website.Discover more attractions,...  Read More
CALL TO ARTISTS
07/26/2016 | Art, Event, Hood River
Calling all Columbia River Gorge Artists! If you want to be a part of the 2017 Gorge Artists Open Studio Tour, then you need to get your applications in for next year! Applications for the juried art show and tour are due by September 1st! This event is a great way to showcase your art and experience other Gorge artists as well. Applications are now being sought for the 2017 Gorge Artists Open Studio Tour, scheduled for April 208-30, 2017. This is an annual, juried, self-guided tour of Columbia River Gorge artist studios during Blossom Festival. Now in its 11th year, the tour provides an opportunity for the public to meet artists at work in their studios.Applications are due Sept....  Read More
FARMERS MARKET
07/22/2016 | Agritourism, Art, Event, Food, The Dalles
Come on down to the Farmers Market at The Dalles every Saturday From 9 am to 1pm at City Park! Enjoy local produce and handmade goods my the folks from the area!The Dalles Farmers Market primary purpose shall be to educate and inform the local and regional consumers of the locally and regionally produced food choices; to educate and inform the local and regional consumers of the health, social, economic and other benefits of locally and regionally produced foods available to them and to provide an opportunity for the local and regional producers to sell, and local and regional consumers to purchase, locally and regionally produced foods.Learn more about the market at: www.thedallesfarmersmarket.com/Discover more attractions, events, and activities you wont...  Read More
JERRY GARCIA'S BIRTHDAY
07/20/2016 | Art, Event, Food, Heritage, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge, Winery
Come down to McMenamins to celebrate the birthday of the late Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, Sunday July 31st! A full day of music, and enjoy handcrafted brews and wines while celebrating the birthday of Jerry Garcia.Truly one of the most fun and festive events of the summer, Jerry Garcia's Birthday is a devil of a good time check out live music, join in the colorful Tie-Dye Golf Tournament, pay respects at the "Garcia Bronze" sculpture set in a wooded glen, enjoy handcrafted McMenamins ales, wines and spirits and more.Learn more about the bands playing and the Tie-Dye event at: www.mcmenamins.com/events/151961-Jerry-Garcias-BirthdayDiscover more attractions, events and activities you wont want to miss-out on while visiting: The West Columbia River Gorge....  Read More
ESTACADA SUMMER FUN!
07/18/2016 | Art, Estacada, Event, Food, Mt Hood Territory, Shopping
Come on down to Estacada for the 16th Annual Estacada Summer Celebration, July 21st-23rd! Come and celebrate the arts at this fun festival with live music, arts and crafts for the kids and tons of art vendors, this free event is a great way to spend a summer Saturday! Saturday morning brings fun activities for children with giant puppets, lots of live music, free hands-on art activities for children and adults, a silent art auction, lots of food vendors and the beautiful Broadway Street art fair. It is an opportunity for residents and visitors to celebrate this wonderful community through the art.Learn more about this great event and check out the full line up of events at: estacadasc.org/Discover more...  Read More
ANTIQUE CAR SHOW
07/15/2016 | Art, Event, Heritage, The Dalles, Transportation
Come on down to The Dalles Saturday, July 23rd, and see the Antique Car Tour! Food and beer and beautiful pieces of history are sure to make the day memorable!As part of the Historic Columbia River Highway Centennial Celebration, the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway is hosting an Antique Car Tour, Saturday, July 23, 2016 from Troutdale to The Dalles.The tour will conclude at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, which is hosting a BBQ & Brews welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. The museum will have free admission after 4 p.m.; exhibits will close at 5. Restrooms will be open until 7 p.m. Barbecue choices include ribs $12; chicken $10; burgers $9; side dishes of potato salad,...  Read More
OUTDOOR DINNER THEATRE
07/12/2016 | Art, Event, Food, Hood River
A classic tale of love and trust, Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing will be performed this Thursday and Friday (July 14th and 15th) by Plays for Non-Profits at Stonehedge Gardens in Hood River for an outdoor dinner theatre experience. Come join in this comedic tale of witty banter, love, and gossip. The show is produced and directed by Lynda Dallman, director of Plays for Non-Profits. Tickets for dinner and the show are just $40, $35 for students and seniors and groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at Waucoma Bookstore, Stonehedge Gardens Restaurant and online at www.showtix4u.com. Show dates are July 7, 8, and 14 at 7 p.m. for dinner followed by the show at 8:15 p.m. There...  Read More
MT HOOD QUILT SHOW
07/11/2016 | Art, Event, Heritage, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Rhododendron, Villages of Mt. Hood
This year marks the 19th Annual Mt Hood Oregon Trail Quilt Show which will take a look at the past and present of quilt making styles. Learn about the different styles settlers had for quilt making while comparing them to modern day contemporary styles. This event will be free admission and the exhibit will take place in the historic Village of Rhododendron on July 16-17th noon to 5pm.The heritage of our quilting traditions is celebrated in this two-day event. Held in the Village of Rhododendron during the month of July, this special event brings together heritage quilts of the past --such as those dating back to the days of the Oregon Trail,hand-sewn by those who made the 2,000-plus mile journey...  Read More
ART IN THE GORGE
07/06/2016 | Art, Event, Hood River
Come down to Hood River and enjoy Art In The Gorge, an art show and sale celebrating local artists in the Gorge July 1st-3rd. From jewelry to painting to photography to sculpture this show features artists of all types of art. 1 of the 18 artists is Jo Dean Sarins, a metal-smith and enamelist.Fine Art Jewelry by Jo Dean Sarins, metal-smith and enamelist "My works of art are fabricated by hand and are one-of-a-kind. My hope is that you will enjoy wearing your unique piece of jewelry as much as I enjoyed creating it."Learn more about the other this and other artists at the event's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ArtInTheGorge/Discover more attractions, events and activities you wont want to miss-out...  Read More
CHAINSAW CREATIONS
07/01/2016 | Art, Mt Hood Territory, Sandy
Come by and see the adorable Chainsaw wood carvings like this one at The Gallery At Alder Creek. Filled with a variety of wood sculptures and creations there is sure to be something for everyone, with the added bonus of helping local artists! Established in 1996 by Mike Schmidt, The Gallery At Alder Creek is perched at the base of Mt. Hood. It is a wonderful gallery full of amazing artwork and furniture by some of the best chainsaw carvers and artists around. The gallery carries everything from bears and eagles, to benches and tables, beds and chairs, and much much more.Learn more about The Gallery At Alder Creek and check out some of the artwork featured at: www.galleryaldercreek.com/Discover more...  Read More
NIGHT AT THE THEATRE
06/28/2016 | Art, Event, Heritage, Mt Hood Territory, Sandy
The Sandy Actors Theatre has been around since 1976 providing it's community with quality theater productions. Through many name changes the SAT has continually produced quality theatre and kids programs for the Sandy area including full seasons. While the 2015/2016 season has just winded down the children summer program will be starting in August with the season starting up again in September.Sandy Actors Theatre began in June 1976 as the One Way Theatre in Sandy, Oregon. In March 1979, the group became known as The Sandy Community Players. Sandy Community Players performed in many locations within Sandy before finding its home in Heritage Square. The theater saw many different theatrical perspectives throughout its history. SCP was known for producing musical...  Read More
BEST OF THE GORGE
06/22/2016 | Art, Event, Hood River
Opening June 29th at Columbia Center For The Arts is the show Best Of The Gorge, featuring some of the best artists and artwork the Columbia River Gorge has to offer. The opening reception is on July 1, 6-8pm and the exhibition goes on through June 29-July 31.The Columbia Center for the Arts hosts its Best of the Gorge exhibition, celebrating the best artwork produced by mid-Columbia River Gorge artists. The show has become an annual event that draws in visitors from around the world to experience some of the finest art in the region.The Columbia River Gorge is a place of unparalleled beauty and features stunning and quiet natural beauty and spectacular scenery. Our relationship with this landscape and...  Read More
EDGEFIELD
06/22/2016 | Art, Brewery, Heritage, Lodging, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge, Winery
Historic Edgefield, built in 1911 as the county poor farm, is a destination resort encompassing a 74-acre parcel of farmland at the mouth of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. It is a 20-minute drive to or from the center of downtown Portland and about 15 minutes from Portland International Airport. Outside is a welcoming environment for dog and bikes where you can visit an onsite glassblower and potter; on the inside they have wine tasting, a theater, a pool hall, top-notch food and whimsical murals that echo the history of restored building and farm.  The guestrooms at Edgefield vary in size and feature whimsical artwork, comfy chenille-covered beds and vintage furnishings. Guests may choose from rooms with...  Read More
WEST COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
WATERFALLS
One of the most iconic places in the Pacific North West, the Columbia River Gorge offers unparalleled waterfall scenery and canyon views. Visit the West Columbia Gorge area to stand at the base of waterfalls, boat on the mighty Columbia River, or to stand atop vistas and take in the view. READ MORE
THE DALLES
SUNSHINE
Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, The Dalles is a place full of recreation, culture, and history. A historic Native American trading area, this city has been a center of commerce for over 10,000 years. A paradise for history buffs, cyclists, and wine aficionados, The Dalles is for all to enjoy. READ MORE
MT. HOOD TERRITORY
EXPLORATION
The only mountain offering summer skiing in North America, Mt. Hood and the surrounding territory never gets old. If you’re not a skier, put on your hiking boots, grab a fishing pole, or load up your kayak to explore the trails, lakes, and rivers, found throughout the area. READ MORE
HOOD RIVER
WATERSPORTS
Offering world-class kiteboarding and windsurfing, Hood River is where outdoor enthusiasts and adventure-seekers are drawn to. Close to the mountain, along the river, and nestled against superb farmland, visit this town for amazing restaurants, fresh produce, and an unrivaled watersport scene. READ MORE
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