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Local Artists Display Their Work in The Dalles

It’s no surprise that The Dalles is surrounded by beauty. Fortunately for us, Celilo Inn is located in this stunning place. What many people don’t know however is that in addition to the natural beauty; local artists are creating gorgeous works that can be found in the heart of downtown The Dalles! When staying at Celilo Inn, there are a number of places to check out unique pieces from local artists. While exploring downtown, we suggest making a stop at The Dalles Art Center.


The Dalles Art Center is home to over 30 local artists. Each artist has his or her own unique style as well as medium of choice. This makes for truly dynamic and intriguing exhibits that are constantly changing. In addition to local, professional artists, often times the gallery features art work from local schools. Furthermore, since music is a form of art, musicians can be found performing at The Dalles Art Center every so often.


Art lessons are also taught at The Dalles Art Center. For those interested in watercolor, mosaics, oil painting and much more, The Dalles Art Center is the place for you.


The next time you’re in The Dalles, and you’re looking to be inspired and take in exquisite art, be sure to stop by The Dalles Art Center.


For more information on local businesses in or near The Dalles be sure to speak to our friendly staff when staying at Celilo Inn.


To make a reservation you can call 541-769-0001 or go to www.celiloinn.com. For more information you can email info@celiloinn.com. For the latest updates on events, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter!


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The Dalles, a City of History and Art

Anyone that has visited The Dalles can attest to its surrounding natural beauty, but there is beauty located right in the center of downtown as well. Guests at Celilo Inn can learn about the history of The Dalles while looking at beautiful murals all over the city. The mural walk features 12 murals that each captures a different moment in history. Guests can explore the murals on their own, or they can stop by The Dalles Chamber of Commerce to purchase a key that will activate the talking boxes that are located at a number of the murals. These talking boxes give a more in-depth history of the mural and are narrated by historians, Native Americans or the artist themselves.


A segment of the "Decision at the Dalles" mural

The 12 murals have been a labor of love put on by The Dalles Mural Society. The first mural titled “Decision at The Dalles” was painted in 1992 and depicts the perilous journey the first settlers faced along the Oregon Trail.


Right across the street from “Decision at The Dalles” is the fourth mural entitled “Celilo/Wyam—The Great Falls on the Columbia.” This mural was completed in 1995 and depicts the magnificent Celilo Falls which played a critical roll in the lives of local Native Americans as well as settlers. While the Celilo Falls no longer exist, this mural has beautifully captured an important moment in time.

A segment of the "Celilo/Wyam-The Great Falls of the Columbia" mural


Just a few blocks down you’ll find the striking mural of the Umatilla House, which was one of the largest, most luxurious hotels in the area in 1857. The hotel would hold onto is opulent reputation until a few years later when it would be plagued with continual bad luck–being involved in two fires and one flood. The mural which was painted in 1997 restores the Umatilla House back to the grand hotel that it once was.


"Sahaptin Medicine Man" mural

The most recent mural which was painted in 2003 looks the farthest into the past. Entitled “Sahaptin Medicine Man” the mural captures a time before the settlers moved to the Northwest and Western practices had not yet incorporated themselves into the Native American culture. The medicine man played an integral part in the lives of tribe members from the physical, to the natural to the spiritual and this mural does an excellent job bringing us back to that time.


With 12 gorgeous and poignant murals to look at and learn from, the mural walk is a great way for Celilo Inn guests to not only learn the history of the area but also provides guests an opportunity to walk around the charming downtown area of The Dalles. All the murals are relatively close to one another making for a pleasant walk.


For more places to check out when visiting The Dalles, be sure to speak to our friendly staff when staying at Celilo Inn.


To make a reservation you can call 541-769-0001 or go to www.celiloinn.com. For more information you can email info@celiloinn.com or Like us on Facebook!


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