01/27/2006 -- Silver Heron Filling With Art!

DEPOE BAY - A striking new Bay Street art gallery is just months away from opening its doors!

The Silver Heron Gallery, the inspiration of entrepreneur Talley Woodmark, has been under construction for almost eight years, an incubation period that allowed for massive remodeling of the building, a former marine aquarium built in 1925. Located a half-block east of the stoplight on Bay Street, The Silver Heron will open its doors next spring to a breathtaking interior design of tall, windowed ceilings, a movie-set staircase, Romanesque columns and a mezzanine with a baby grand piano for receptions, classes and other soirees.

"We wanted something that can bring the community together in the evenings by featuring art discussions, music and wine," said Talley, who has been brokering art since she opened her first gallery at the age of 19. "Even if people don't buy something, we hope they'll learn something about art and enjoy the collection."

Talley has been assembling the works of artists with national reputations, both well-known and up-and coming. In recent weeks, The Silver Heron has filled with an amazing mixed-media collection of paintings, sculptures, glass and unique custom jewelry, including an interactive design studio that allows customers create their own pieces. Downstairs, traditional themes greet visitors. Upstairs, bold, abstract and surrealistic art is spotlighted. There is something for everybody, with art-friendly no-interest payments for qualified buyers.

Only the final touches, awnings and furnishings, remain to be installed before opening with a gala reception this spring. The Silver Heron will join several other downtown galleries such as The Dancing Coyote, the Blue Heron and Gallery 167 in making Depoe Bay a destination for art aficionados.

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