The Friends of the Columbia Gorge is sponsoring the "Celebrate the Gorge" exhibit at the Columbia Art Gallery throughout the month of January.
This show is a cooperative effort between the Friends and the Gallery, each supporting in its own way the celebration of the Columbia River Gorge.
Though often done, artist work responding to the Gorge is never stale, nor is there ever the sense of "been there done that."
"Celebrate the Gorge" is full of fresh reactions to the many faces of the Gorge.
Irene Fields, in collaboration with husband Gary curated this show. As a team they demonstrated their art in its hanging. Particularly moving is their choice to position two paintings of similar views of the river done in the distinctive style of water artists Bonnie White and acrylic painter Hank Weber, a compelling visual experience.
White Salmon artist, Amirra Maak painted that visual experience you have when driving through the tunnels on Hwy. 14 in the early summer -- the patterns on the tunnel arches, the sunshine and the poppies, shining water, more experience than visual reality.
Though there are many notable offerings in this show, a stand out is Chad Mayo Ghost Horse's contemporary interpretation of Native Peoples belief in the integration of people and the earth. A traditional figure, incorporating elements of the earth, painted on a sculpted canvass, this is a piece best described as organic.
Ghost Horse grew up in Goldendale and after several years has returned with his wife to live in White Salmon. He is an award winning graduate of the Seattle Art Institute. This is the first opportunity to see his work in the Columbia Art Gallery.
The Columbia Art Gallery is located at 101 4th St. in Hood River.