As of Friday, March 18, 2016
During the month of January, the Columbia Center for the Arts hosted an art exhibition in the Gallery titled Women of Substance: The Art of Judith Cunningham and Ellen Dittebrandt. The Center pledged their portion of the sales from cards from these two artists to be donated to the Mosier Fire Department, in honor of artist Ellen Dittebrandt’s volunteer work in Mosier.
Columbia Center for the Arts Executive Director Kerry Cobb last month presented Fire Chief Jim Appleton and the Mosier Fire Department board with a check for $800.
Dittebrandt and Cunningham were much beloved members of the Mosier and Gorge artist communities. Both artists created work that was featured in publications and galleries around the country, and collected by art lovers from around the world. Their love of the Columbia Gorge gave a rich context to their creative endeavors, and is reflected in the beauty of their work. Both women passed away recently, and the show was a tribute to their spectacular art and their standing in the community.
Jim Appleton, Mosier fire chief, said the funds will be kept in the general fund and used with other revenue to pay for a dedicated Ellen Dittebrandt section of the new Mosier fire hall when it is built in several years.