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Gorge Open Studio Tour reaches 10th year

This weekend, meet artists in the places they work

Ever wondered what art, and artists, look like in their element? The 10th annual Gorge Artists Open Studio tour (GAOS) is just the way to gain that experience.

It happens Friday through Sunday throughout the Gorge, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit the studios of 44 artists in Hood River, Odell, Parkdale, Cascade Locks, White Salmon, Mosier, and The Dalles in the free tour. It’s self-guided, courtesy of a map available online from gorgeartists,org or in paper copies available at local merchants.

More Blossom Time events

Read GAOS artists’ insights into their work and the tour in the Community section of Panorama, the Hood River News’ annual four-part special section. Copies are available at Hood River News and at the Chamber of Commerce.

April 22-24 — Rachel Harvey’s Spring Open Studio, 5414 KLM Drive, Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

April 23 — Hazardous waste collection event for rural households and small businesses, 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. at Parkdale Fire Department. The event is free, and a great way to get rid of oil and latex paints, yard and garden products, cleaners and chemicals, automotive fluids, batteries, solvents, propane containers, and more. Call 541-506-2636 or visit tricountyrecycle.com.

April 23 — Breakfast at Cascade Locks Fire Station, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The breakfast is the volunteers’ annual fundraiser for EMS services.

April 24 — Bicycle drive: Help Anson Pulk of Anson’s Bike Buddies continue to reach his goal that every child in the Gorge have a bike of his or her own; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cascade Eye Center. Drop off used bikes or bike parts; you can also “Sponsor a Bike.” All donations are tax deductible.

The GAOS guide is available at Hood River Chamber of Commerce, Art on Oak, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Inn, Wy East Winery. Mt. Hood Winery, Waucoma Bookstore, and Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce in White Salmon, Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers, The Dalles Art Center, and The Dalles Chamber of Commerce.

More local art can be found in the new “Earth Wind and Fire” show at Columbia Art Gallery, 213 Cascade St. Artists interpret the elements in a variety of media, ranging from a large-scale metal and stone sculpture by Macrae Wylde to stunning forest fire images by Jurgen Hess. Middle school students’ pottery is also on display.

According to the center’s website, “Hood River is a community uniquely impacted by the dramatic power of nature; the massive blue Columbia River lined with sticky red clay, gusty wind whistling through the narrow verdant Gorge, ancient lava flows creating fortress-like cliffs of columnar basalt, astonishingly close volcanic peaks — everywhere you turn in the Gorge you are confronted by the landscape. CCA’s April invitational Earth Wind Fire exhibition will show work that is created with materials that come from the earth, interact with wind, or come into being through fire, as well as work that reflects upon the elements.

“Featuring the work of many first-time exhibitors at Columbia Center for the Arts, this exhibit has work in all mediums, including functional and sculptural ceramic pieces, large-scale abstract paintings and sculpture, witty colored-pencil drawings, and elegant glass pieces.”

Artists are Mefore Aday, Laurie Balmuth, Heidi Beaver, Merrilee Cooper, Dawn Elle, Rachel Escoe, Sally Gilchrist, Scott Kraynak, Sue Krigsberg, Beth Lyons, Les Lively, Andy Nichols, Mason Parker, Will Richards, Akram Sarraj, Pam Springer, Marshall Stokes, Yvonne Pepin Wakefield, Abby Walker, MacRae Wylde and selected students.

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