Art Center showcases ‘Best Of The Gorge’

The Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) will host a two-month art show celebrating the best artwork produced by Mid-Columbia River Gorge residents. The 2015 Best of the Gorge exhibition has become an annual event that brings visitors from around the world to experience some of the finest art in the region. The show runs June 5 through August 2 at the Columbia Center for that Arts, 215 Cascade Street, Hood River.

“We created Best of the Gorge to showcase the quality and diversity of artists who live and work in the Columbia Gorge. We hope to make it a tradition,” said Christine Knowles, co-curator with artist Bill Sturman. “CCA’s Best of the Gorge show is the premiere show featuring the fine art work created by residents of our mid- Columbia area — paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass, sculpture, fiber, photography, mixed media, and more,” said Sturman.

The Columbia River Gorge is known as a thriving art scene and is home to a vast array of well-known and emerging artists. Works in both 2D and 3D will be on display, in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, photography, glass, ceramics, sculpture, and mixed media.

CCA has engaged Jennifer Zika, Curator of the Portland Art Museum Sales and Rental Gallery as the juror for the 2015 show for this premier exhibition. Zika is well-versed in numerous media, both 2D and 3D, and is highly qualified to evaluate the creativity and technique expressed therein and has juried numerous regional art exhibitions. She will be selecting individual works to be included in the show and also selecting the prize winners. This show is g underwritten by Celilo Restaurant & Bar, Copper West Properties, and the Gorge Magazine.

The opening of the show will be celebrated at an evening reception on June 5, the month’s First Friday, from 6-8 pm. Singer/songwriter Kay Floria will be accompanying herself on the piano, with Randy Bell on bass. Juror Jennifer Zika will be in attendance and will share what she saw in the prize-winning pieces that made them stand out. The exhibition artists will be in attendance as well. This event is open to the public.

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