Entertainment briefs 4/3

New show opens at art gallery

Columbia Art Gallery’s new exhibit for April is “Figure as Icon”, featuring local artists Lesa Hanners, Melody Robichaud, Vicky Van Koten and Gayle Weisfield.

An icon is defined as an artistic representation of an idea or activity and these four artists have explored this subject with exceptional depth and feeling. Four artists – four different viewpoints.

Lesa’s work is drawn from childhood’s imaginative play, creating a world of ogres, dragons and fantastical personalities. She uses unusual accessories and rich fabrics to dramatize the images she creates.

Melody’s pieces are lyrical and mystical and invite contemplation. She utilizes natural materials to create subtle textures and shapes that are timeless.

Sisters Vicky VanKoten and Gayle Weisfield combine found materials with various media to create figures representing many different ideas and activities. Their work is both amusing and intriguing.

The show will run from April 5 through April 29. The exhibit reception will be April 5 from 7 to 9 pm at the gallery, located at 207 Second Street in Hood River. Columbia Art Gallery is a participant in the First Friday event sponsored by Hood River Downtown Merchants Association. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 10-5 and on Monday from 12-5. Please call the gallery at 541-386-4512 or email columbiaartgallery@gorge.net for further information.

Gourmet Fare hosts Paul deLay

The 2002 Gourmet Fare, sponsored by the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, will be held Saturday, April 6, from 6-11 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and are available at Waucoma Bookstore and Annz Panz.

The Paul deLay Band from Portland will provide the evening's entertainment, and food will be courtesy of such local restaurateurs and caterers as Hood River Distillers, Flerchinger Vineyards, Bailey's Place and Deerfield Foods.

For more information, contact Karen Knoll at (541) 296-7275.

Dear Francis at Savino’s

This Saturday the Portland folk-pop duo "dear francis" returns to Savino's in Hood River. Having met in Boston, vocalist and guitarist Earl Patrick and upright bassist Craig Hamblin relocated to Portland and brought their off-kilter brand of folk-pop with them. Mixing elements of folk, classical, and pop music with thoughtful intelligent lyrics, their songs will bury themselves deep in your chest.

Singer/songwriter, guitarist and activist, Claire Bard will be joining Dear Francis and is a member of The Swifts, The Joe Hillbillies and is also a card carrying member of the International Workers of the World (Wobblies). Sometimes exploring difficult subjects with her writing, her crafted songs carry well tuned melodies and blend folk, blues and pop into songs infused with love, hope and compassion.

The show is free and starts at 9 p.m.

Wine Bar hosts acoustic duo

The acoustic duo of Jon Cyparski on guitar, flute and vocals, and Rob Guidera on guitar, concertina and vocals, will perform at the Wine and Internet Bar on Friday from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

The duo plays both original and cover tunes. Their music, primarily a blend of folk and rock, also includes elements of reggae, bebop, jazz and Celtic influences.

The Wine and Internet Bar is located at 106 3rd Street in Hood River.

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