First Friday mixes art and music

First Friday returns this week, for the next-to-last time this year. The Hood River Downtown Business Association and Columbia Arts host the monthly art and music showcase, 5-8 p.m.

Artists exhibit their creations at downtown Hood River businesses while local musicians perform at various locations in the downtown area. First Friday runs monthly from March through December.

Highlights of this month’s event include:

Presentation of awards to the winners of the third annual Sidewalk Chalk contest, held in October. The awards will be given at 7 p.m. in the Oak Street Mall (416 Oak St.).

Photographer Peter Marbach and writer Janet Cook will sign copies of their book, “Hood River Valley: Land of Plenty” at Waucoma Bookstore from 5:30-8 p.m. (For details on the book, see article on page A1.)

The Wine Sellers will be hosting the Mid-Valley Elementary Art Students with wine tasting by Viento Winery (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

“Furnishings,” custom home decor by local artists will be presented at the Columbia Art Gallery, now located in its new temporary location, 101 Fourth St.

Art highlights include; Cheryl Hall (sculptor), Cathleen Rehfeld (paintings) and Kathryn Snyder (drawings) at Doug’s Sports, Sally Bailey (paintings) at Hood River Stationers, Kathy Brown (photography) at Kerrits;

Susan Kline (glasswork), Mt. View Bicycles, Henkle Middle School Art Show at Plenty, Sarah Chenowith (pottery) at Gorge Dog, John Haugse (paintings and drawings) at John Haugse Painting Studio, Angela Lynn (drawings) and Sherman Rouse (metal sculptor) at Frolik;

John Bellacera (glasswork) at Big Winds, Heather Hopkins (Unique Jewelry & handcrafted soaps) at Windermere/Glenn Taylor, Yani Vaivoda (modern metal sculptor) at Yum Gallery, Julie Strader at Hood River Jewelers, Amy Schneberg (photography) at Informal Flowers, Wendy Laraway (handbags from Orange Lucy) at Discover Bicycles;

Jill Warilla (pottery) at Hood River Hotel, Shiela Ford Richmond at Studio 8, K&D Woodworking at G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe, Heidi McLennon (paintings) at Ananas Boutique, Barbara Murphey (paintings) at At Home on Oak Street;

Gylan Orchids, Elizabeth Anderson (paintings) and Ruth Reflexions at A Salon Day Spa Boutique, Gigi at Sticks and Stones, Designs by Ken Apland and Kevin Craig at Apland Jewelers and Twisted Cooper and Morning Sun Blown Glass at Ribbits.

Some music samplings to be enjoyed include, Scott Bergeron at the Hood River Hotel, Connie Dunnington at At Home on Oak Street and Jephthah Wilcox at Pass-Times.

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