First Friday celebrates year anniversary

Hood River is invited to celebrate with local artists and businesses on Sept. 6 when First Friday celebrates its First Anniversary.

A collaboration between the Hood River Downtown Business Association and GorgeArts, First Friday recognizes local artists, performers and businesses by hosting an Art Walk in downtown Hood River between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. the first Friday of every month.

During this event, dozens of local artists exhibit their creations at downtown Hood River businesses, while local musicians and actors perform at various locations in the downtown area. Businesses provide refreshments, as well as staffing until 8 p.m.

This First Friday promises to be an especially rich and poignant event as Gorge Artists participate in the Artists for Peace program, sponsored by Columbia River Fellowship for Peace (CRFP), as part of their weeklong remembrance of the events of September 11th.

For this event, participating local artists will donate the proceeds from sales of artwork inspired by the theme “From Ground Zero to Common Ground” to CRFP.

These pieces, which be will be marked with a white ribbon at various First Friday venues, will be displayed at the Birkam Yoga Studio for the remainder of the month.

Columbia Art Gallery presents “Leaves of Grass,” a joint exhibit by Ellen Dittebrandt and Dave and Boni Deal, with an opening reception at 7 p.m. Other highlights for the September event include sculpture by Stevenson artist Cheryl Hall at Doug Sports; pastels by Karen Watson and acoustic guitar by Charles Crosman at At-Home on Oak Street; marimba music by Jamba at the DellMart service station; and the Columbia Gorge Flute Choir at Waucoma Bookstore, held the First Friday of each month from 5-8 pm through December.

For more information contact: Joanie Thomson, Hood River Downtown Business Association Coordinator or e-mail: or phone 541-308-6738.

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