Art Parties in the Columbia River Gorge 2017-07-21T16:26:20+00:00

Explore your creativity, making art  in a supportive, casual setting. Wineries, boutique hotels and micro-breweries make great painting salons. Bring a date, a buddy, or come solo.

You’ll paint, nibble, sip and play, under the expert guidance of local artist and art therapist (and Balch Hotel co-owner), Claire Sierra, MA*. You can even customize the painting to fit your décor. You’ll learn optional mixed media techniques, too!

Feeling inspired and rejuvenated by your creative flow, you’ll leave with your own original art work.  It’s a fun, creative evening out.

Absolutely no experience required. And everything you need is provided!

Let this spark the start of your own personal creativity retreat at either of our hotel venues.  (You can keep painting here all there weekend, you know.)  At the Balch you can add on spa services too! To reserve a room, go to

Yummy food, local wine, beer and other beverages are available for purchase (not included.)

 $40.00 includes all art supplies and instruction.

“It’s been stressful at work, I just wanted to relax with my friend. This was so fun and totally did the trick.”

Diane M., White Salmon, WA

“I’ve wanted to try this for a while, but was afraid. Tonight I broke through my fear of painting. Yay!” 

Julie S., Hood River, OR

“You made it so easy to learn new tricks and techniques and have fun at the same time. You created a great environment. I’m excited to be learning more.”

Betsy P., Camas, WA

“Claire has a natural way of making people feel at ease and comfortable, encouraging both novice and experienced painters to go with the flow of their creative juices and let it spill on the canvas.  Unlike PaintNite, she encouraged us to personalize our painting and give it texture, which I thought was genius. Stunning and unique! Claire was very patient, the atmosphere was light-hearted and friendly.  Creative Spirits is a fun opportunity to tap into your “inner Rembrandt.“ 

R.C., The Dalles, OR

Choose Your Location:

Jacob Williams Winery, Wishram, WA
Wednesday, August 2, 6:30-9

The Balch Hotel, Dufur:
Thursday, September 21, 6:30-9:00

Coming Soon:

The Lyle Hotel, Lyle:
Date: TBD, 6:30-9pm

Route 30 Bottles & Brews, The Dalles:
Date: TBD,

Freebridge Brewing, The Dalles
Date: TBD, 6:30-9

Stave & Stone Tasting Room, Hood River:
Date: TBD, 6:30-9pm

**IMPORTANT: Please arrive 15-20 minutes early to check in, find a seat and order your food and drinks, so you’re ready to start promptly at 6:30pm.**

Any Questions? Interested in a private event for you and your co-hearts? These experiences are great for bachelorette parties, family reunions, corporate team building, and retreats. Call Claire 541.659.7284  or email: