**Update re COVID-19 concerns: We are excited to re-open effective May 15, taking all necessary precautions for your safety, including hand sanitizer for your use as you enter; a one-way traffic flow with marks 6' apart; and a maximum number of 10 people at a time in our gallery. We are all now required to wear masks per Oregon Governor Brown.
***We have returned to regular hours 10am until 5pm***
We are happy to once again open 7 days a week effective July 19, 2020
Everything can change at a moments notice, so please bear with us as we navigate our way through providing you a socially distant, yet welcoming personal art experience.
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Made in the Gorge is an artist cooperative gallery/retail store located downtown Hood River Oregon. Shop with us at 108 Oak, mid-block between First & Second Streets on the north side; and just a few doors away from the historic Hood River Hotel.
Seven creatives offer art, gifts and herbals handmade in the Columbia River Gorge. Locally made Jewelry, Art Glass, Metal Art, Photography, Watercolor, Turned Wood, Herbal balms, salves and more. You'll find unique items for your home, office, personal adornment and gift giving needs.
**Staffed by a member artist**
Charlene Fort, Terina Sorensen, Linda Steider, Ashley Nelson,
Donn Hopkins, Kevin Bligh, Melissa Scherlie
Charlene Fort - Morning Sun Studio, Blown, Fused & Torchworked Glass
Hand blown art glass pieces that are both functional and fun are created at Morning Sun Studio.
Old lady playing with hot glass = one crazy woman. Going back to age 6, I was introduced to blown glass. Not having the words to describe how it affected me, it remained a burning nugget deep inside for the next 46 years. In 2000 my friend Linda Steider introduced to me kiln-formed glass. One aspect of this was using a candle to melt stringer. For the next 6 weeks, I became addicted to the candle. After a space of time Linda directed me to Andy Nichols in The Dalles, OR who is a glassblower. In the 17 years since then I have been at the studio in The Dalles creating beauty at the end of a pipe in a 2200 degree oven. There is nothing that I won't try in the medium and not only have I been blowing for 17 years, I'm also constantly taking classes in other disciplines in this medium. Give me a challenge and I'll do what I can to make it in glass. One crazy woman.
Terina Sorensen - Stones and Wire, Jewelry
Linda Steider - Steider Studios, Art Photography
The more time I spend outside in nature, the more I want to be there. I want to capture everything I see with my camera so you can see it too. Something spiritual combined with luck and circumstance lead me to wildlife viewing opportunities, mostly in the Columbia River Gorge. I feel incredible gratitude for each gift of a photograph that I receive.
I’ve sold my work since I was 16 years old, starting with macrame tie-dyed belts at the Rose Bowl Swap Meet back in the 60’s. I also sold them to my high school teachers, neighbors and relatives. I couldn’t stop making them. To this day I can’t stop making things. Although still making art glass, I’m mostly in the field with my camera now.
I’ve taken pictures since I was ten when I received a Kodak Instamatic camera for my birthday. I used my photography as studio reference material for 25 years until friends told me that my photos were good enough to ‘show’. I hope you think so too.
I’m beginning to think that my ultimate goal is sharing nature with people who can’t go where I go to see the magnificence of our natural world. Not just shut ins, wheelchair bound, too infirm or too young, but also those that spend all their time at work or at home taking care of others. I especially want people who can’t get out to know how spectacular nature is, in our back yard and beyond.
I have many images available for prints on paper, metal and canvas as well as all-occasion greeting cards. You can order prints in most standard sizes on any media. See more of my work on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Flickr, and my WordPress blog. Just look for Steider Studios
Ashley Nelson - Brush and Saw Studio, Watercolor and Wood
I come from a family of makers and creatives. My grandmother first introduced me to watercolors when I was probably no more than two years old. She herself is a world renowned painter and leather worker and she taught me the finer details of drawing and painting as I grew older. For years I stuck to pencil and charcoal drawings, often drawing pictures for people as gifts, especially if they had experienced the loss of a pet. Since moving to the Gorge, I have taken that a step farther and now offer watercolor or pencil commissions of pets, houses, or whatever else you can think of (I haven't attempted people yet!).
I always struggled with landscapes and mostly kept to animals, primarily horses. But living here in the Gorge provides too many amazing opportunities to paint and I've branched out of my comfort zone! I work primarily off of my own photos that I take while on adventures but I still like to mix it up. I might take a picture of Mt Hood in the daylight, but then paint that scene as if it where sunset. Creating colorful and vibrant skies is one of my favorite things with watercolor. I just let the paint do the work.
I also dabble in a bit of woodworking. My dad is a carpenter and he used to let me pound nails into a board in his garage while he worked on something for his site. Learning is one of my favorite things to do, so I have enjoyed learning about woodworking and I am always working on learning new painting techniques a well. Living in White Salmon has given me endless inspiration and opportunities to flourish as an artist.
Donn Hopkins - Twin Oaks Turning, Wood Turning
“I have grown wings and learned to fly”, was the first thing I thought after making my first piece on the wood lathe.
All my life I have loved art. From going to college for animation to just sitting in the evening with my daughters making up funny stories on a big sketchpad. Art has been one of the big constants of my life.
It was not until I moved back to Hood River that I cleaned out my fathers shop. In it I found memories and tools. I took both and used them to sculpt wood.
A year later and many hundreds of hours on the lathe I get to bring my art to Made in the Gorge where I can share it with you.
Kevin Bligh - Wind Mountain Metal Works
My interest in metal began at 11 years old when my dad taught me to weld with an oxy-acetylene torch. Most of my life I have fabricated from structural steel (angle iron, box tubing, solid bar, etc.) gates, stairs, ornamental iron work. In 2013 I was asked to make some steel salmon for the golf course where I work. It was then I discovered the beauty hidden in cold rolled steel sheet.
My sculptures start with 18 gauge cold rolled sheets. The designs are hand drawn, then hand cut with a plasma torch, textured with various grinding devices, then hammered into shape on a leather sandbag. The coloring is created by different temperatures with a torch. Each piece is unique.
I enjoy new challenges and would love to discuss any project that you have in mind.
Melissa Scherlie - Green Heart Herbal Co.
Green Heart Herbal Co. is an all natural herbal product company. We make all our products by hand and from scratch ethically and honestly. We grow and wildcraft most of our herbs. All other ingredients are bought locally in Oregon.
We have Muscle Rubs, Joint Salves, bug bite balm, hand balms, oils, lip balms and more!
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