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Hurts so Good

February 5, 2021 - February 27, 2021

crocheted yarn mirror images of two men, from the chest up, lying on their backs with their arms propped behind their heads — one, gazing up at the viewer; the other with his eyes closed. The yarns used to color their skin make use of colors similar to olive pigments, as well as shades of grey, blue, red, and pink.

Columbia Center for the Arts is excited to present Hurts so Good curated by Carolyn Hopkins.

This exhibition is an all-female lineup of artists from the greater region. Featuring work by Robyn Johnsen, Jo Hamilton, Elizabeth Malaska, Jeralyn Fix, Morgan Rosskopf, and Leslie Vigeant. Whether it be Hamilton’s seductive and sinuous hand crocheted portraits, Johnsen’s wildly patterned and vibrant paintings, Fix’s stunning watercolor eels, or Rosskopf’s intricate hand cut and rendered floral pieces, you will be sure to be seduced by the raw beauty of the works in this show. Each of these artists subverts our usual relationship to floral elements, the figure, and other unassuming subject matter. Upon further inspection these works have much more to say, from Malaska’s whimsical and dark portraiture to Vigeant’s text-based works in fiber and print. There is something happening under the surface in each of these works, let them pull you in and push you back as you scratch a bit deeper with each. 

This exhibition opens Feb 5th and runs through Feb 27th. Please note that due to COVID-19 there will not be an opening reception. Gallery hours are 11-5pm Tuesday-Saturday.



BIPOC artist(s), Women artist(s)
Event Type
Gallery, Visual Art
Pandemic Info
By Appointment


Columbia Center for the Arts
215 Cascade Ave
Hood River, OR 97031 United States
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