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Sketch Adventures

Sketch and learn about The Dalles and The Mid-Columbia Gorge Region


Sketching Adventures is a group of sketchers modeled on the Urban Sketchers, a collection Facebook groups that is based in urban areas around the country. Sketching Adventures is an informal meet up for creatives of all skill levels to meet, sketch and learn about our community. 

WHO:  A group of sketchers who draw or would like to draw in our mid-Columbia Gorge area

WHAT: A chance to capture memories through drawings from the world around us

  • No skill level required, just a desire to draw what you see

  • Bring your own art supplies – pencils, pen, colors, sketchbook, your fun drawing toys

  • All locations listed below will be indoors

  • Meet twice per month on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 pm for 1-2 hours

  • Open to no-host socializing afterwards to share drawings and ideas


Sunshine Mill

September 22 @ 1:30pm

 901 East 2nd Street, The Dalles                             


The Sunshine Mill has milled wheat on this property for more than 130 years and was one of the first buildings in The Dalles to have electricity.  It is also the only desingated skyscraper in the Gorge. The Mill now houses Quenett and Copa Di Vino wineries owned and operated by James and Molli Martin.  The interior of the mill building houses a wonderful surprise.  No admission fee.

Old St. Peter's Landmark

October 6 @ 1:30pm

 405 Lincoln Street, The Dalles                                            


Old St. Peter’s Landmark was dedicated in 1898 and used as the local  Catholic Church until 1969.  Today it is no longer a church and is owned and operated as a non-profit museum.  it is renowned for its stained glass windows, marble altars, and incredible accoustics.  No admission fee.​

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

October 20 @ 1:30pm

5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles


Interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  We will focus on Wasco County Past and Present displays for this adventure.  $10 general admission , $8 seniors, free with annual membership

Wasco County Courthouse

November 3 @ 1:30pm

5th and Washington Streets, The Dalles              


Wasco County is unusual in that all three historic courthouses are still standing.  This Washington Street  courthouse is  the third and current seat of Wasco County government.  It is an imposing structure finished in 1915 and abounds with a marble and oak interior.  No admission fee.

Balch Hotel

November 17 @ 1:30pm

40 South Heimrich Street, Dufur              


The Balch Hotel is an historic 20 room hotel located in downtown Dufur, Oregon. The hotel was built in 1907 by Charles P. Balch, a local rancher and druggist who owned approx. 1,600 acres adjoining Dufur. The bricks used were made on his ranch. The hotel was intended to support

rail travelers cominng from The Dalles to Dufur. Over the years, a series of owners have restored and renovated the hotel to revive its grandeur. Current owners are Josiah Dean and Claire Sierra. No admission fee.

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