Art auction, annual Studio Tour, and more local art notes

Ellen Dittebrandt works on auction April 9.

Ellen Dittebrandt works on auction April 9.

Columbia Arts is hosting an exciting live auction in the theatre on April 9 at 3 p.m., starting with music, silent auction and social hour at 2 p.m. The live auction will feature: 18 original works by artist Ellen Dittebrandt; three original pastels by artist Judith Cunningham; and additional collector pieces by Sherrie Wolfe, Sydney Roark, Roland White, and more.


Prints in recycled honeycomb frames start at $50 at Cider Crush Café.

A $10 ticket includes one free glass of wine, beer or cider, light appetizers, and entry for a chance to win an original Dittebrandt framed pastel. (Must be present to win.)

Tickets at the gallery, 215 Cascade Ave., or on line at

Gorge Artists Open Studio Tour

Meet the artists and see their work spaces in the Gorge Artists Open Studio – GAOS — tour April 28-30.

The self-guided tour is open all three days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See for details, or pick up physical copies of the tour guide from:

Hood River Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, Art on Oak, Columbia Center for the Arts, Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, Waucoma Bookstore; WyEast Winery, Mt. Hood Winery; Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce on Highway 14, White Salmon Bakery, Northshore Café; Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers in The Dalles, The Dalles Art Center, and The Dalles Chamber of Commerce.

‘Foraging and Festooning’ at Cider Crush

No fruit, no cider. No bees, no fruit. Cider Crush Café continues its honeybee art tributes with Dan Wyn’s photos joining Cyndi Strid’s apiary drawings. Wyn’s “honeybees in action” photos show the foraging of these essential pollinators, an “intimate look at some of the fascinating behaviors bees exhibit,” stated Wyn.

“I have been privileged with inside access to the wonders and intricacies of their world and been inspired to work on their behalf,” writes Wyn. The frames are from live colonies where they gained the natural patina of wax and the natural resin known as propolis. “The frames darken with age and gain a scent of the hive,” according to Wyn.

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