There IS a wide variety of excellent artists in the Columbia Gorge in every medium from watercolor to pastel to oils. Exhibits displayed throughout the hotel change regularly.

Hotel owners, Mike and Denise McCravey, believe being surrounded by beautiful art inspires creativity and allows a peaceful resting place for the soul.

“The lobby is beginning to resemble an art gallery. Actually the art extends throughout the main floor of the hotel “ said Denise. “We want to feature some of the fine artists in the Gorge. Displays change every few weeks. Select choices of gift items will always be available like hand blown glass fleurettes and stunning floral displays.”


Cathleen Rehfeld
International Artist in Plein Air Oils and Portraits
Columbia Gorge Resident

Excerpt from an interview Gorge Living Summer Issue 2004:
A clown was the first painting the 7-year-old girl had entered in a museum art contest. Painted in an after school art class the painting won first place. Even then the little girl from Austin, Texas knew she loved being an artist.

Now a five foot tall slight woman with silver hair, shy smile, eyes lit with Texas determination, and countless paintings completed, Cathleen Rehfeld is known as an artist who only works in oils. Vivid landscapes, portraits of people with eyes revealing a lifetime of emotions and still life paintings show the wide range of her work.

A degree in Fine Art from the University of Texas, years of working as a graphic designer plus hours upon hours of painting and drawing have earned her the experience necessary to be a full time artist. Winning regional and national awards added solid layers of foundation for the future.

“Moving to Oregon marked a positive change in my painting. The adopted rural setting was the catalyst I needed to prompt into the Gorge with my paints. Today, the outdoors is my primary studio and source of inspiration.” shares Rehfeld.

Paintings by Cathleen Rehfeld are available from the Hotel and range from $350.00 – $1,200.00. Contact us for more information.



Becky Frye of Transformations has infrared photography displayed of scenes of the Oregon countryside. Her excellent work in framing can be viewed in other art in the lobby.

Andy Nichols of Nichols Art Glass has a variety of hand blown glass on display. Hand blown glass salmon are a favorite in galleries. Fleurettes in different sizes are blown exclusively for the Oak Street Hotel.

Color, movement and form are dynamic elements of hand blown glass. The Oak Street Hotel displays glass Fleurettes (flowers in French), vases and salmon. Our designer artfully arranges them in groupings or with other items showing how versatile the glass forms are in many settings.

Andy Nichols blows beautiful flowers with curling stems exclusively for the Oak Street Hotel. Fleurettes vary in size from 4 to 8 inches. A melody of colors flow from the edges of the flower through the stem. Light plays on the curvaceous surfaces. Petit Fleurettes can be grouped on a tray or placed beside a bowl of colorful fruit for a table top display to delight the eye.

Petite Fleurettes (shown)...$45.00


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A Garden of Purple

Watch as the sunlight streaming through the window makes the hand blown glass flowers glow. These three purple beauties are nestled in a leaded glass vase, surrounded by grasses and other special things. This gorgeous 36 inch high arrangement is ready to bloom for years on a special table.


A Garden of Purple...$375.00

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Fall run salmon swimming together through river washed pebbles take you to another place beside a quiet river. Look closely at The One That Got Away for a special gift to the ones in your life who love fishing.


Blown glass vases can be a jewel by themselves or hold special objects like delicious chocolates or freshly picked flowers. The variety of shape and color are endless. Glass is not as fragile as it may appear. Finding creative ways to use beautiful things makes them come alive in new ways.

Handblown Glass Vases range in size from 5" – 10"...$65.00 – $95.00
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for current selection.


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