In spite of the fact that the Arts Festival is still on hold, the Art Council has been working to bring you opportunities to experience the arts in Trout Lake.  Here is the first of these events:

Concert in The Park:

July 29, 6:30, Hollenbeck Park, featuring the Hood River String Quartet. 

They will be doing an assortment of classical and light music for everyone’s enjoyment.  It is free and everyone is welcome, a great time to visit with neighbors and friends.

You are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner so that you can enjoy the music while having one of the best views of Mt. Adams in the valley.  You might also like to bring a blanket, or chair, but please do not bring your dog.
Parking will start at 6:00 pm and music at 6:30 pm.


If you are interested in applying for the 2015 Trout Lake Festival of the Arts, please go to our Call for Artists page and download the new application.  Please note that there will be a late fee this year for applications turned in after April 8, 2015.

This Year the Festival will include a Literary Corner where local authors will share their work.  Authors can be found at the Hospitality Center according to the following schedule.  Go by and take a minute to chat with these talented individuals about their literary art.  Copies of their work will be for sale throughout the festival.

Saturday, July 12, 2014:

12-2 p.m. Bijee Burns “Cataclysms on the Columbia—The Great Missoula Floods.”

2-4 p.m. Bill Weiler “Don’t Run From Bears,” “Secrets of Scrub-Steppe Home,” “The Earth Speaks.”


Sunday, July 13, 2014:

12-2 p.m. Debbie Faast “Valley Barns” (Debbie can you please provide the correct title of your book(s).

2-4 p.m. Katy McKinney “Fireproofing the Woods”

The Trout Lake Festival of the Arts is now on Facebook.  Find us there and help us get out the word.  Invite anyone who may be interested to check us out as well.  Thanks!

The 2014 artist list is up and the Festival is close at hand.  The music schedule is up as well.  Check out what waits for you this year.  We also have a special guest this year.  John Durham, from Vancouver, WA, will be bringing his portable glass studio.  He will be there to show his process in action.  So come see, hear and taste what the 2014 Trout Lake Festival of the Arts has to offer to you.



The list of artists for 2013 is now up on our site.  Check it out here.

This year’s poster is unique in that it combines the work of two of our wonderful artists.  Photographer Leah Hedberg captured the color and artistry of Beth Poirier’s intricate weavings.  The 2013 poster will start going up around the Gorge soon, so keep a lookout.  For a glimpse of the chosen photo, take a look at our website’s header.

Leah Hedberg is a Hood River, Oregon artist focusing on commercial and fine art photography. Having lived in Hood River for the past 13 years, Leah has special interest in fruit portraiture, culinary photography, and fine art still life. Her artistic vision is informed by a love of poetry and music, and is inspired by a sense of curiosity that keeps her looking closely at everyday subjects. She finds her escape in art, where searching in ordinary places often reveals something extraordinary. Leah studied photography at Northern Arizona University. Her art has been shown in juried exhibitions and is currently available at Columbia Art Gallery and at Mt. Hood Winery in Hood River.

Beth Porier began weaving in 1981 while living in Ketchikan, Alaska. After moving to Sherwood, Oregon in 1984, she studied weaving and art at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and Marylhurst College and has focused on towels and table linens since 1991. In 2005, she moved to Goldendale, Washington. She is currently living temporarily on Vancouver Island with her dad and using this time away from the usual studio environment to experiment with new techniques and materials. In Goldendale, she has an invaluable assistant, Pam Forbes, who assists with weaving and finishing work. In addition to her towels and table linens, she weaves her designs in a wearable form – scarves – using bamboo, silk, and other natural fibers. Weaving is endlessly intriguing for her – the textures of yarns and cloth, the colors, and the endless variations that are possible.  She was drawn to textiles from a very early age when she was growing up in Nova Scotia and watching her grandmother with her needlework. A penchant for weaving runs in the family: her French-Canadian great-grandmother was a weaver and her son continues the tradition, having apprenticed with her several years ago.

Thank you so much to both our poster artists.  See you at the festival!