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Celebrate Gorge, View Photography Exhibit

On display in August

The Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River will host the first Celebrate the Gorge Photography Exhibition, set to run from Friday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 29.

The Show Opening and Artist Reception commence Friday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Works of 23 Northwest photographers will showcase the beauty, grandeur and character of the Columbia River Gorge region, including Mount Hood and Mount Adams.

A panel of three jurors selected 55 images from 95 submitted. Gallery manager, Catherine Kiewit said, "We were fortunate to have so many wonderful photographs to choose from. They really capture the diversity of landscapes in the Gorge area. It will be a great show!"

Gorge area photographers are well-represented. They are Judi Baker, Laurie Streaker, Chris Smith, Darryl Lloyd, Meridith Meskin, Stephen Datnoff, Blaine Franger, Christine Meade, Richard Hallman from Hood River and Linda McNaughton from Parkdale. From White Salmon are Laurie Black, Mike Godsey and Donna Sholtis, and from Stevenson, Joanna Grammon.

The selection process began as a competition, open to professionals and amateurs nationwide. Entries were submitted on the website, CallForEntries.org. Images shot both digitally and on film were accepted for consideration, including black-and-white, hand-tinted and stitched panoramas. Digital enhancement was allowed only to achieve realistic color balance and sharpness.

The three jurors were Peter Marbach, distinguished Oregon photographer; Carol York, founder and former editor of GorgeGuide Magazine; and Catherine Kiewit, manager of the Columbia Art Gallery.

Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Sponsors of the show are Gorge Guide Magazine and Shortt Supply footwear and athletic apparel, both of Hood River.

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