Art Notes: ‘Still Life’ and a club still going strong

‘Still Life’ goes on, a week late

Ironically, the “Still Life” exhibit opening was postponed.

Subtitled “A Moment in Time,” the February First Friday reception has been moved to Feb. 13 because of snowy weather.

The opening will be from 5 to 7 p.m. For those wishing to attend the play, ‘ART’, which starts at 7:30 p.m., tickets are $5 off regular ticket price.

Complimentary appetizers will be available and beer and wine will be available for purchase.

(Many of the participating artists live out of the area and could not travel last weekend because of the storm, so the decision was made to postpone, according to Columbia Art Gallery Gallery Manager Caroline Mead.)

“Still Life: A Moment in Time” celebrates the rich history of still life painting through contemporary artwork. Artists include Aimee Erickson, Eric Jacobsen, Andy Nichols, Mark Nilsson, Cathleen Rehfeld, Sally Reichmuth, Bill Sharp, Susan Sutherland and Za Vue.

On Friday, meet the artists, mingle with other art lovers and enjoy complimentary light appetizers and music by Diane Allen. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

In addition to the show, CCA offers a still life class. Every Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon, artist Cathleen Rehfeld hosts a drop-in still life workshop. Bring your paints and enjoy three hours of instruction from one of Hood River’s best-known still life painters. Cost is $20.

Also featured during the month of February is artist Sue Krigsberg. Her acrylic paintings are on display in the Nook gallery.

Entry to the gallery is always free.

For more information, call Columbia Center for the Arts at 541-387-8877 during Center hours, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day or visit

Art Club displays in White Salmon

Check out the White Salmon Windows Gallery at 121 E Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, where the Hood River Art Club will present original artwork during the month of February.

The exhibit will highlight club members’ diverse artwork including watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel paintings, hand-painted greeting cards, and hand-painted glass ornaments. Many of the items will be offered for sale.

Club members also show and sell their work at galleries in Hood River and White Salmon, and at the Blossom Craft Show, Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair and other venues.

The club has a lengthy and interesting history. In 1949, a group of local artists and art lovers gathered in the back of a feed store at the corner of Second and State streets in Hood River. Attendees of this first meeting hoped to start a local art club and, amazingly enough, more than 100 people came to this first gathering. The Hood River Art Club was born.

The club now meets each Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hood River Alliance Church, 2650 Montello Ave. (corner of Rand and Montello).

Generally on the fourth Thursday, from September through May, the club hosts a local artist who provides a demonstration or a class, with these sessions ending at about 3 p.m. Club members also enjoy holiday luncheons, and snacks and beverages at their weekly meetings.

During the summer break from weekly indoor painting sessions, members often meet to paint outdoors at various Gorge locations.

New members are always welcome, whether they live in Oregon or Washington. The painting sessions are fun, members learn from each other and share helpful critiques. Attendees bring whatever project they working on, and it’s fun and interesting to see works-in-progress.

Annual membership is $20, and attendees are asked to donate $1 per meeting to cover costs of beverages and facility use.

Contact current president Irene Jonas at 360-852-6752 for more information.

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