ART in the GORGE

In an area so rich in beautiful scenery, it makes perfect sense that the Columbia River Gorge is full of artists. Local art work can be found on display at numerous coffee shops and restaurants in the Gorge. Galleries are located within every community with opportunities to meet artists. Murals and bronze statues are present, beautifully showcasing and representing the history of the area. We invite you on a journey to discover all the beauty and talent the Gorge has to offer.

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What is Art?

Art is an expression of a creative skill with a result of a finished pieice of work. It consists of an activity which expresses an imaginative mind. An artists feels satisifaction from others enjoying and experiencing their work. A craft is an art that is of use, for example, coffee cups that are made from clay or hand made jewelery. Visiting an art gallery can be very relaxing and awe inspiring. Artists feel a natural “high” when creating and are very driven in releasing their inner emotions as they develope their art.
Art can be so many things: sketching, dance, music, drawing, painting, photography, poetry, sculpting, acting, glass blowing, jewelery, making stained glass, mosiaic, quilting and so much more.

An historic painted mural of horse drawn carriage days accompanied by bronze sculptures

Mark your calendar

Attend the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour on April 26, 27 & 28, 2024
More than 40 Columbia Gorge artists will open their studios for conversations about their vision, thoughts and process. Join us for this spectacular opportunity and tour of studios in the Columbia River Gorge.

Carson Art Gallery is a 100 year old garage with a community of artists in Carson, Washington

Carson Art Garage


The Carson Art Garage is a community. A community of art and artists in a community renowned for natural beauty. Sometimes a vision is not completely in focus until you are standing within it. The Gorge inspires all community members and visitors alike. This is the spot, this town, this building in this beautiful setting. Please visit us in Carson, Washington.

962 Wind River Hwy, Carson, WA     703-624-0892     visit website

Discover the fine art of custom framing with Columbia River Gallery in Troutdale, Oregon

Columbia River Gallery


We design framing that elevates your art without overwhelming it, preserves and protects it, and suits your personality, home or work place. We have an endless selection of moulding and matting options, including one-of-a-kind frames and artisan mats. Other services include photo restoration, glass replacement, and framing makeovers. Whether you know exactly what you want, would like to be walked through all of the possibilities or prefer to leave it up to us, we’re confident you’ll love the end result.

303 E Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, OR     503-491-8407     visit website

Laurel Gallery, artist owned gallery in downtown Hood River

Laurel Gallery


Laurel Gallery features vibrant impressionistic paintings of landscapes, florals, and urban scenes inspired by nature and the travels of Laurel Bushman, and occasional guest artists. Small group and individual painting lessons are offered. Laurel Gallery is located in a beautiful newly renovated historic building and is open weekends in the summer and by appointment. Paintings are also available 24/7 for purchase online. Shipping is available.

111 3rd Street, Hood River, OR     503-489-8011    visit website

Maryhill Gift & Gallery offers art, gifts and souvenirs

Maryhill Gift and Gallery


The best retail therapy in the Gorge! We are the charming log cabin at the foot of the Biggs Bridge on the Washington side of the Columbia River, across from Maryhill State Park. We feature 18 local artists, souvenirs, a carefully curated collection of humorous and functional gifts, and a selection of delectable picnic foods. Remember your trip to the Gorge with a giggle, a gift, and a gourmet snack!

2 Maryhill Hwy, Maryhill, WA     360-202-3574     visit website

Maryhill Museum of Art, located in Goldendale, Washington, is one of the Northwest's most fascinating cultural destinations

Maryhill Museum of Art


Set on a stunning 5,300-acre site overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill Museum of Art is one of the Northwest’s most fascinating cultural destinations. Exhibitions change periodically, with permanent collections on view daily. Enjoy a picnic lunch from the café, relax in the outdoor sculpture garden or walk the riverfront pathways, and discover unique gifts in the museum shop. Art activities for ages 4 and up. Tours offered on the first & last Saturday of each month at 1pm or schedule a private tour for groups.

35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA     509-773-3733     visit website