First Friday lineup for June 5 features garden art, benefit, music

31 May

With a timely focus on bright, fresh and new garden art, the Columbia Art Gallery helps kick off First Friday festivities in Hood River on June 5.

The Gallery at 3rd and Cascade will open its June show, “Art in the Garden,” with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on First Friday. The show features art from 12 artists, and includes such work as bird feeders and fountains, magical mosaics, sculpture and other work – some perfect for outside, some for inside.

Look, also, for the table organized by Sayre’s Angels, a group of fourth- through eight-grade friends of the late Sayre Taft Colt. They’ll be wearing T-shirts promoting the value of the SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) program, and trying to raise funds toward the $30,000 needed to continue the in-school reading program.

For the young (and young at heart), IPS Skate is hosting a lineup of three bands at the far east end of Oak Street, starting at 5 p.m.

Once again, all downtown streets will remain open. The sponsoring Downtown Business Council of the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce asks pedestrians and motorists to extend each other due courtesy at intersections.

First Friday action is focused primarily on downtown Hood River, but Shortt Supply on the Heights is hosting a First Friday presentation, “On the Run Nutrition and Hydration” by seven-time Western States 100-mile champion Scott Jurek. The program runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Other businesses and in-store activities include:

  • At Home On Oak  — Artist Susanne Lorenzi and soprano saxophonist Mike Stillwell
  • Columbia Center for the Arts — Garden art show featuring Arthur Higgins (sculpture), CJ Rench (sculpture), Linda Steider (glass), Dave Sherburne (fountains), Heather Marlow (botanicals and fiber art), Nancy Houfek (oils), Gene Phillips (ceramics), Jim Diem (ceramics), Toms Royal (mosaic), Sue Sutherland (monoprints), Tom Herrera (sculpture), Gylan Lane (botanicals).
  • The Enchanted Alpaca — Hosts ADOPT-A-DOG out front, with fiber artist Kristen Baker making felted animals inside. Wine tasting and a 10% discount on summer clothing.
  • Hood River Hotel — Framed and hand-beaded collage quilts from TamLen Arts and Creations.
  • IPS Skate – Music by The Surf Wipers, Pink Gravel and Order or Chaos perform beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Melika — Featuring live music.
  • Naked Winery — Live rockin’ country music by America’s Most Wanted from 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Nora’s Table — Dreamlike, narrative folk tales by Portland painter Susan Reagel, provided through Benjamin Benjamin Gallery.
  • 6th St. Bistro — Music from a variety of genres by veteran local performer Ben Bonham, starting at 7 p.m.
  • SOLO studio & gallery — A sophisticated and luscious abstract oil paintings with a maritime theme by Seattle/Hood River artist Melinda Hannigan.  Owner Sorcha Meek will be working on some prints during the evening.
  • Sushi Okalani — Mix of Japanese style brush paintings and surf-inspired action shots by Vanvouver, B.C., native Michelle Yamamoto.
  • Yasui Building (Celilo, Copper West, 5th Element Salon, Knot Another Hat, etc.) — An open house for all resident businesses, with lots of food and beverages.
  • Waucoma Bookstore — Book signing of “Love Finds You in Last Chance, California” by Gorge writer Miralee Ferrell.
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