Alpinees expands to larger outdoor appeal

June 1, 2005

The Alpinees started out in 1947 as a Search and Rescue organization. In 1962 the members built their historic clubhouse on Tucker Road in Hood River. It’s an old lodge-style double A frame surrounded by ponderosa pines. The group suffered from attrition in the 1980s, and was on the brink of disbanding four years ago when a small group of artists and outdoorspeople jump-started it again. The Alpinee Hut is now being used as a creative arts center, with printmaking studios and rehearsal space for a Brazilian percussion ensemble, Samba Hood Rio.

The Alpinees outdoor club has changed its focus to allow a more inclusive range of activities for the outdoor community. Its commitment is to recreation, conservation, and education. The organization sponsors everything from waterfall hikes to mountaineering expeditions.

The Alpinee Artists have transformed the Hut to provide private studio space for painters and a collaborative printmaking workshop. Master Printers Jane Pagliarulo and Sorcha Meek have taught workshops in etching, collagraph, and monotype. Member artists can also work on their own using the Takach Garfield etching press.

Jane Pagliarulo said, “Together we’ve revived a community space and turned it into a place where artists can share ideas and resources.”

Visit the Web site, http://community.gorge.net/alpinees/

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