Gorge Inspirations

“Gorge Inspirations”

An Invitational group exhibit of local and regional artists

Holiday exhibit and sale with special educational programs

November 2nd through December 31st, 2012

Opening Reception Friday, November 2nd
Holiday Reception Friday, December 7th

All events are free and open to the public.

The “Gorge Inspirations” invitational art exhibit, and lecture series will unveil the beauty and hidden elements of the Historic Columbia River Gorge and Highway, sharing the vision of local artists about this unique geographic feature, and exploring the history of “the king of roads.” The exhibit encourages artists to express what inspires them about the landscape and history of the Gorge. On display will also be Clarence Mershon's collection of historic photos depicting the construction of the Historic Highway.

Artists in the show:

Stephanie Cissna
Shawn Demarest
David Greene
CJ Hurley
Brad Lorang
Dave Shelman
Heather Soderberg
Jean Thomas
Aaron Trotter


We have a series of educational programs to accompany the exhibit. All are free and open to the public.

November 2: First Friday Exhibit Opening Reception, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, featuring a guest presentation by Renee Tkach who will provide the Friends of the Gorge’s vision for the Towns to Trails program

November 7: Lunchtime Lecture, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Tom Kloster will provide a presentation on Hole in the Wall Falls – the only man made waterfall in the Gorge. Kristen Stallman will share how this project fits into large vision to reconnect the Historic Highway as trail through the Gorge.


November 14, Lunchtime Lecture, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, John Harrison will provide a presentation on Mona Bell. John is the author of A Woman Alone, Mona Bell, Sam Hill and the Mansion on Bonneville Rock

December 6 – Gorge Stories for the Curious- 7:00 – 9:00, Gorge travel writer, Scott Cook and Lewis and Clark Professor Stephanie Arnold will host a round table discussion on what makes the Gorge a fascinating place. Bring those nagging questions and your own Gorge story.




December 7 – First Friday Reception – 6:00 – 8:00 pm hosted by Friends of Vista House and Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway