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Columbian Artists Association has been proudly working with the community to create an innovative means to support and promote the arts. Be a part of our group and enjoy many opportunities offered as a member.


There are various activities for membership participation.

Current Association Events


Urban Sketchers, the 3rd Tuesday of the month

Meet on the north end of JC Penney Parking Lot at 9:30 am


July 11 Membership Meeting at Kelso Community Center at 10 am


Demonstrations and Activities

Various members offer demonstrations on techniques, art products, and new mediums. This occurs on on alternating months. Janis Newton helps schedule these events. Contact her at - 360-423-1073

Urban Sketchers Group- usually meets the third Tuesday of the month but is on hold until after the spring show.

Christmas Luncheon and Gift Exchange usually is in December at Teri's Restaurant.

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Art Challenges

Every other month we challenge one another to complete a work of art based on a subject selected such as clouds, animals, beach scene, people, action and more. Members bring in their piece and present to the group for remarks or suggestions if the artist asks. It's a fun way to view how others approach a subject and view the varieties of medium choices.

Challenge Theme for May: Candy

Exhibits and Shows

There are several opportunities to exhibit your work, earn awards, and sell your art. In the spring, we usually have our Spring Show. The show is regularly open to members and other artists in the surrounding counties. We have a visiting judge to jury the show. There are many sponsors who support this event. Exhibitors must have their artwork for sale. Next year's show will be held again at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum in Kelso WA. Dates will be announced later.

In the summer, we hold the Art in the Park in mid-August. For the last 4 years, we have held it in conjunction with the Squirrel Fest at the Civic Circle in Downtown Longview across from the Longview Library. Due to changes with the Squirrel Fest, we will not be holding Art in the Park in August. We will announce later what options we have open for 2023 and ideas for 2024.

Fall Members Show is usually held in the Longview Library at Koth Gallery in November. Look for the prospectus and entry forms to be posted on our applications page. Both 2D and 3D art are accepted. See rules regarding if entering both forms.

6x6 Painting Fundraiser

Members are encouraged to paint on 6x6 canvas to go on sale at various events. Nancy Knowles has organized this activity and various members offer to help exhibit these works. Sales of these works act as a fundraiser for supporting various activities. Members can get fresh canvases from Eileen, our president. Please give her a call.

Urban Sketchers

Urban Sketchers was formed to get members together to experience new venues and subjects to paint. The group usually meets the third Tuesday at 9:30 am. From a designated location, we drive or carpool to the location to paint or sketch until 12:30pm (depending on weather). We usually eat lunch together and share our experience. Some locations we have visited include a winery, a pumpkin patch, a farm, Lake Sacajawea, Ridgefield Vineyard and Cathlamet.


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