As of Friday, May 17, 2013
The Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Alliance (CGACA), has released its first “Columbia Gorge Art and Culture Tour” map featuring 36 known and lesser-known art and culture destinations on both the Washington and Oregon sides of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.
The map reads: “The natural scenic beauty of the Columbia River Gorge is a magnet for arts and culture. We invite you to experience the wonder of the gorge and share in the inspiration it provides the thousands of artists who’ve captured its beguiling charm. Use this map to choose an area and explore its art and culture.”
The Columbia Gorge Art and Culture Tour map features well-known and lesser-known destinations in the ‘State of the Gorge’ Oregon/Washington border area—from Troutdale/Washougal and the Vista House in the west to Maryhill Museum of Art in the east, destinations include:
• Alder Creek Pioneer Carousel Museum in Bickleton, Wash., which features one of the oldest carousels on the West Coast. The carousel, purchased from Portland’s Oaks Park in 1929, is originally built by the Herschell-Spillman Company of North Tonawanda, NY.
• Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum in The Dalles, a multimedia, interactive museum about the volcanic upheaval and floods that created the Gorge, the unique flora and fauna, and 11,000 years of cultural history.
• Presby House Museum in Goldendale, WA, a century’s old symbol of Washington’s past. The Presby Mansion is also home to the Klickitat County Historical Society.
• Western Antique Aeroplane and Auto Museum in Hood Rover, OR, home of the largest collections of operating antique aeroplanes and antique automobiles in the country.
Galleries highlighted range from the Caswell Gallery (Troutdale) to Don Perry Metal Art (Stevenson); Fiber Art Studios (Goldendale), Glassometry Studios (Hood River), Lorang Fine Art And Gorge-ous Gifts (Cascade Locks), Westwind Frame And Gallery (The Dalles) and many more.
CGACA printed 5,000 copies of the Columbia Gorge Art and Culture Tour map, which have been distributed throughout the gorge
“Every effort was made to ensure accuracy; but users should always call in advance to confirm opening days and hours,” said Lloyd DeKay, past-president of the White Salmon Arts Council. “Also, places may have been inadvertently left off the map; please let us know by email or online.”
The map is downloadable and printable on standard paper and can be found at www.Gorge