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Spring Is Here, First Fridays Begin

Something new introduced this year -- guided tour

Spring is here and First Friday in Hood River is ready to celebrate art, music and community.

Come to downtown Hood River April 1 beginning at 5 p.m., and join in the fun and festivities. Artists working in diverse media are on hand to showcase and sell their art, and a variety of performers entertain throughout the downtown area.

Introducing something new this year: "Art, Walk, Talk: A Guided Tour with Artists."

Each month, a guest curator will guide a tour to meet three artists whose work will be set up in three different host businesses. For 20-30 minutes at each stop, the curator will lead a conversation with the artist. There is no charge for these guided visits. However, the group will be limited by the space allowed at each artist's hosting location.

The tour will begin at the Columbia Art Gallery at 6 p.m. with guest curator Judie Hanel, executive director of Columbia Arts.

Featured artists this month:

Rose Szapszewicz (calligraphy and ink drawings) at the Columbia Art Gallery

Cathleen Rehfeld (oils and portraits) at Doug's Sports

Mark Dane (glass artist) at Hood River Hotel

A few of the artists to look for this month include; Mark Huddon (photography), Oregon Glass Guild, Blue Ackerman (photography), Sarah Chenoweth (pottery), Julie Strader (jewelry wax carvings), James Diem (clay pottery and fine art multimedia), Darryl Lloyd (photography), Marilyn Enoch of The Irish Rose, Jessica Joy Williams (acrylic on canvas), Elizabeth See Pottery & Brenda Herman of Misty Mountain Natural, Bunny Bags, Kirtan with Lolo (a celebration of sound, vibration and energy), Mark Nilsson (paintings), Iris Bodeen of Angels Jewelry, and Amy Ruppel (wax, paper & charcoal on wood).

This months show at the Columbia Art Gallery features Playing with Energy: Brush, Ink, Paper and Clay featuring six artists.

Some music samplings to be enjoyed include Charles Crosman, Samba Hood Rio, Tilly Jam, Mark Daly, and Connie Dunnington.

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