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New Exhibit – Painting Oregon’s Harvest: The Art of Kathy Deggendorfer @ Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Mar 17 – May 15 all-day

Help us in welcoming spring as we present a new art exhibit on March 17 in the Ernest A. Kuck Wing.  We will be showcasing over 40 pieces of Kathy’s artwork, from her collection: Painting Oregon’s Harvest: The Art of Kathy Deggendorfer. This exhibit features vibrant watercolors that depict agricultural production in the state of Oregon.

Part of Oregon’s agricultural success stems from diverse habitats that support a broad range of plants and animals: fruits and nuts blossom in the valley; fish flourish in the waterways; and livestock thrive in the state of Oregon. The people working the land learn its nuances in order to provide healthy and sustainable resources for their communities and beyond.

Kathy Deggendorfer is a self-taught artist based in Sisters, Oregon. She traveled throughout Oregon, met farmers and ranchers and learned about their successes and challenges. The exhibition is a colorful representation of her travels and allows us a chance to recognize the achievements of family farmers. Join us as we take a closer look at Oregon’s bounty and support our local food movement.

The new exhibit is included in your general admission price for the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

Learn more about Kathy Deggendorfer as she speaks about her about her “Painting Oregon’s Harvest” in this video.

Earth Science Rocks! Wineries & Soils in the Gorge @ Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Mar 17 @ 10:30 pm – 4:00 pm

What could be more fun for an Earth Science aficionado then exploring soils, climate, and geology and how it relates to a luscious sip of a gorgeous wine? Join Steve Carlson on a tour of 3 local wineries on March 17. You will learn about the diverse growing conditions which allow for a wide variety of grapes to be grown.

The Columbia Gorge has its own appellation, which means it is a specific growing region for wine grapes. Growing conditions have been compared at The Dalles to Bordeaux, France, and at the Cascade Locks to Burgundy, France all in just 40 miles!

Steve Carlson is a Northwest native and a retired professor of geology. As an excursion leader, he is enthusiastic, informed and will bring new understanding to the beauty of our geologic environment.

The fee is $50 and includes refreshments and bottled water. Reserve your place by making a $25 deposit by March 13, by calling 541-296-8600 ext. 201. For more information visit

“I loved going on THREE geology trips with Steve Carlson last year, because I learned a lot and it was really fun! Even the driver was a hoot. These trips are great for people just getting interested in geology and for people who already know something. It’s so great to have a knowledgeable geologist whose been involved in studying and teaching in the Northwest for decades.”  –  Heidi Venture

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