Artists’ retreat on the Oregon coast

Calling all artists! Are you feeling in need of inspiration? Perhaps you just need time and a place to replenish a flagging creative spirit. Talley Woodmark, the owner of Silver Heron Art Gallery in the charming seaport town of Depoe Bay, OR, is offering a free retreat for artists. The goal, she says, is to provide working space for one week in a beautiful setting so creativity can flourish without the distractions of everyday life.

Woodmark asks only that the artists donate a painting to be auctioned off to benefit a foundation that grants scholarships to emerging artists. The retreat comes with a private beach and miles of walking trails. The first availability is in October.

By the way, Depoe Bay is known as the whale-watching capitol of Oregon. In spring and fall, gray whales migrate through the waters in a long train. Some stick around and take up residence near the shore.

Expect to hear more about Woodmark as she’s attracting national media attention with another project. This fall marks the grand opening of Wade’s House—a healing place of hope, a home and meditation garden overlooking the bay for people who have lost children. Artists are also welcome. Woodmark established the getaway in memory of her son, Wade, who was accidentally shot and killed by a friend several years ago. The whole town has come together to work on the residence, and artists have donated works to grace the walls. To learn more, visit

—Bonnie Gangelhoff

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