The Gorge White House 2013 Artist Schedule

Receptions honoring our monthly artists are on the first Sunday of their featured month. Meet the artist from 1-3 pm and enjoy complimentary wine tasting!


Nick Bielemeier, Photography. Reception is Sunday, April 6th.


Celeste Bergin, Oils, Reception is Sunday, May 5th.


Ardis Defreece, Oils, Reception is Sunday, June 2nd.


Barbara Murphy, Acrylics, Reception is Sunday, July 7th.


Elizabeth Anderson, Watercolors, Reception is Sunday, August 4th.


"Pastels In The Hood" A collection of 8 pastel artists. Reception is Sunday, September 1st.


Eileen Holzman, Pastels and Watercolors, Reception is Sunday, October 6th

Ardis DeFreece, Oils

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ardis began creating art as a small child.

While earning a BA in Art in 1996 from Mt St Mary’s College in LA, Ardis studied in Italy and France, greatly influencing her direction in art. In 2002 she returned to Italy studying at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, learning skills to see the world in a new way and learning the tools she needed to recreate it.

In 2000 Ardis began teaching and upon returning from Italy in 2004, she opened classes and workshops in Portland and Columbia Gorge including the Columbia Center for the Arts, Multnomah Arts Center, Falcon Art Community, and Fire and Earth Art Studio.

Summer exhibits can be found at the Trout Lake Festival of the Arts and Maryhill Art Festival, and various galleries and venues in the Gorge, Portland and Vancouver area. She recently completed the ceiling and East wall murals for the Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple. She is currently working on a series of large narrative paintings.

Ardis, co-owner of Destino, a studio and gallery in Trout Lake, considers being an artist in the Columbia Gorge an inspiring gift.

Ardis can be found working in her art studio or outdoors, on location for a client, or teaching others her craft.

Hood River, Oregon

Nicholas Photography, located in Hood River, Oregon was established in late 1972 by Nick & Pam Bielemeier. They are now in their 40th year of creating memories for families in the beautiful Mid-Columbia area. Nicholas Photography was the first in the Gorge to offer outdoor portraits for high school seniors and families. Nick became very involved in the Professional Photographers of Oregon, winning many blue ribbons and also serving as their President in the mid 80’s. On a national level, several of Nick’s photographs have hung in loan collections touring the United States as examples of the best in the nation. Two of his photos were selected for a display at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. For his accomplishments on the state and national level, Nick earned the distinction of Master Photographer. His love of the outdoors and nature, combined with the availability of digital photography has kept Nick excited about creating fine art photography after all these years.

A selection of Nick's HDR photographs will be on display in the "Green Room" at The Gorge White House throughout the year.

Welcome to the Gorge White House!

Featuring wines & craft beers of the Columbia River Gorge, and our own new hard ciders! Seasonal local fruit, flowers
from our fields, art, photography & more in an elegant, casual setting in the heart of the Hood River Valley.
Mt Hood

2265 Hwy 35
PO Box 798
Hood River, OR 97031