Columbia Art Gallery holds opening at First Friday

Friday will be the opening of The Columbia Art Gallery’s new show. “Exploring Vessels: Constructions of Wood Steel and Clay” is a conceptual show in which the artists have made containers for thought, objects, space.

Ron Fenter, resident of Appleton Wash., former high school teacher and now full time potter, constructs pieces in clay of bold simple form, beautifully textured and subtly colored. John Mayo, of White Salmon, has a background in design engineering. His large wooden and steel assemblies are polished and graceful, stimulating to the imagination.

The reception for August’s show is Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the Columbia Art Gallery, 207 2nd Street Hood River. Gallery hours are 10 to 5 Thursday through Sunday, and noon to 5 Monday through Wednesday. The show lasts through Sept. 2.


August is a busy month at the Columbia Art Gallery. In addition to the show featuring work by Fenter and Mayo, the student gallery in the Bobbie Rosemont Annex of the Gallery, will host a collection of Christmas tree ornaments hand-made by citizens of Hood River County to be hung on the nations Christmas tree. The first contributions to this project are God’s Eyes made by the children from the Hood River County Extension Offices summer day camp.

All citizens of Hood River County are urged to make an ornament for this project. You can get information about the project at the Columbia Art Gallery.

Also there is a showing of handmade quilts created by Keiko Suzuki of Iwaki City, Japan, of old silk and cotton kimonos.

The quilt show, co-sponsored by the Hood River Tsuruta Sister City Organization, was featured at the Hood River Museum last year and is being rehung at the gallery for the enjoyment of all during the month of August.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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