06/21/2007 -- Silver Heron Gallery To Host Benefit Exhibition


The Silver Heron Gallery is pleased to present a very special showing of the latest works of nationally acclaimed Oregon artist, Cole Black. The exhibition will run from June 23rd through September 15th, 2007. This fundraiser will benefit Cole's husband, Michael, 34, who was critically injured in a motor vehicle accident in Yamhill County on Wednesday, June 13th.

Cole was a featured artist in the 2005 and 2006 Portland Streets of Dreams. Her works are included in many corporate and private collections, and she is a favorite artist of several Northwest interior designers. Cole's artwork can be viewed in several different mediums. Whether it be for her rock sculptures, fusion, or canvas pieces, she draws her inspiration from life and nature. Many of Cole's life experiences can be seen in and through her work.

Cole is best known for her dramatic rock sculptures. These exotic sculptures are part of an ongoing series entitled "Nature in Motion." It is a theme that has captivated her for years. In this series, Cole explores many different aspects of the natural environment. She draws visions from places and times which stir emotions within her & then she creates her art.

Last year, Cole introduced a sleeker, more contemporary style of sculpture. She refers to these works as fusion. Cole's fusion pieces are smooth, glossy-finished works of art, resembling fused glass. They appear in multiple colors and convey the feeling of swirling, melding motion with an almost sensual quality. Their colors can range from warm inviting palettes to bright and powerful statements. These pieces are distinctive and one-of-a-kind.

"Michael and Colette (Cole) Davidson are two of my favorite people," says Talley Woodmark, owner of the Silver Heron Gallery. "They were instrumental in helping John and me when our son, Wade, died. At first, it was very difficult for me to go back into the gallery, since that was the last place I had seen Wade alive. The Davidsons came from their home in Dallas with two trucks filled with Cole's art and completely hung my gallery so I could see and feel its finished atmosphere. Without their generous spirit and caring nature, I would never have been able to open the Silver Heron.

Both Cole and Michael serve on the Board of Directors of the Wade J. Woodmark Foundation, and are actively involved in helping to promote the Foundation's goals. At the time this article was written, Michael remains in a coma at OHSU Hospital.

The gallery will donate 25% of the sale of all Cole's work during the exhibition to a fund for Michael's medical expenses. A large body of Cole's work may also be viewed at RE/MAX Coastal Realty in downtown Depoe Bay. A champagne and wine reception honoring Cole and Michael will be held at the Silver Heron Gallery on Saturday, July 21st, from 4 to 8 p.m.

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