Meet the artists in Gorge Studio Tour this weekend

Pastel artist Christine Knowles will open her Hood River studio for the tour.

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea.
Pastel artist Christine Knowles will open her Hood River studio for the tour.

The 2013 Gorge Artists Studio Tour featuring 29 regional artists in oil, watercolor, pastel, ceramics, glass, sculpture, jewelry, fabric and more, takes place April 12, 13 and 14.

In the studio tour, visitors meet the artists in their places of work and see demonstrations of how art work is created.

Tour maps are free and available at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River. For more information about the tour and participating artists, visit or

Here is the full list of artists.

Hood River:

Christine Knowles, pastel

Carolyn Crystal, glass

Aimee Herring Brewer clay/ceramics

Melanie Thompson, ceramics

Ken and Liza Jones, wood

Kathryn Watne, sculpture

Sarah Burr Arnold, silver

Cathleen Rehfeld oil painting

Kelly Phippsmetal

Lisa Peterson, mixed media sculpture

Karen Watson pastel

Elizabeth See, oils

Charlene Fort, glass

Bill Sturman, Mt. Hood, watercolor painting


Jan Byrkit, clothing; Donna Bender, photography

White Salmon:

Sorcha Meek, mixed media, prints

Cyndi Strid, mixed media, glass

Ann Fleming, sculpture

Peggy Ohlson, oil painting

Jo Dean Sarios, jewelry

Linda Steider, glass

The Dalles:

Jan Turner, photography

Luise Langhenrich, fiber, texteils

Mary Rollins, watercolor

Margaret Burkhart, mosaic

Stephanie Johnston, fused glass jewelry

Beth Poirer, weaving

Charlott VanZent-King, prints, painting

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