Go ahead, take the Big Art walking tour

Outdoor gallery of large sculptures graces the waterfront, downtown

Two notations about sculptures in the new “Big Art” walking art gallery: one of them spins, and the other is not yet in place.

House With Round Windows, by Nicky Falkenhayn of Scappoose, invites one to interact – give the column filled holes a spin and watch what it does in the sunlight. Prepare to be mesmerized. You’ll find it at Third and Cascade streets in front of the Columbia Center for the Arts.

Sept 12: Art of Community

Columbia Center for the Arts offered will host an artists’ reception on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. for the “Big Art” walking tour created this year by the non-profit.

Learn about the inspiration, design, and creative process behind Big Art, which coordinator Kristen Godkin said “inspires public engagement through art and creates a sense of place, optimism, and discussion throughout the Gorge.

“Most importantly, it is accessible to everyone,” she said.

Art of Community, a program of Arts in Education of the Gorge, was established in 2014 by CJ Rench, Kristen Godkin, Cathleen Rehfeld, Karen Watson, and Mark Nilsson “to build on the dynamic relationship between the Columbia River Gorge community and its talented artists,” Godkin said.

Crestline Construction donated the pedestals, CJR Design did the installation, and the map was provided by Hood River Chamber of Commerce

View, by MacRae Wylde of Hood River, awaits placement: it will go at Third and State, once the new public restrooms and plaza are built later this month.

View’s location provides a link between two major public projects: the Urban Renewal Project on State Street, for which the restrooms are the last major piece, and the Hood River Waterfront Park, now complete. Swans by Whit Poor of Hood River stands at the main entrance to the Park, and The Old Rooster by Mark Stevenson of Port Townsend, Wash., is located just a few steps east of the Park, along the Shoreline Trail near Event Site.

The Park was completed in July, and Urban Renewal is scheduled to wrap up in early October.

This set of Big Art works will remain in place for a year; in early 2015, a new juried selection of works will take their places.

The “Big Art” works and sponsors

Constellations II by CJ Rench - Sponsored by the Port of Hood River

The Old Rooster by Mark Stevenson - Sponsored by Jane Duncombe and Jay Sherrerd

Ka Mee Ka Thee by Jennifer Corio and Dave Frei - Sponsored by Key Development

Swan’s Song by Whit Poor - Sponsored by the City of Hood River

Shapely Two by Jennifer Corio and Dave Frei - Sponsored by Tofurky

Origami #5 by Ken Hall - Sponsored by Ryan’s Juice

Origami Totem by Ken Hall - Sponsored by BMP LLC

Poise by Whit Poor - Sponsored by Dr. Scott W. Edgar (Northern Oregon Endodontics) and Dr. Robert Henshaw (Oregon Periodontics)

Le Grand Vase by Steve Farris - Sponsored by the City of Hood River

View by MacRae Wylde - Sponsored by the City of Hood River

House with Round Windows by Nicky Falkenhayn - Sponsored by Columbia Center for the Arts

Wind + Wave by Jennifer Corio and Dave Frei - Sponsored by Henry and Nan Fischer, Doppio, and Blue Collar Interactive

Northwest Sun by Kyle Ocean - Sponsored by Sally Reichmuth

Midori Spring by Ann Fleming - Maureen Higgins, Judie Hanel, Bonnie and Sam Taylor,

Caught Up by CJ Rench sponsored by Ruddy Duck and Mike’s Ice Cream

‘Big Art’ maps ready

The walking tour starts at the Port of Hood River marina, with Contellations II by CJ Rench, who with Whit Poor installed all 16 pedestals around downtown Hood River and the waterfront area. The artworks are located along the Shoreline Trail, Big Winds, New Yasui Building, Event Site, Tofurky, Waterfront Park (Poor’s “Swans”), Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Library, Doppio, HR Bicycles, Ruddy Duck, and the city plaza next to Second Wind.

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