With 'heavy heart' Willow gallery closes its doors

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Downtown gallery Willow closed its doors early this week after a three-year run at the corner of Second Avenue and Rose Street.

The move was announced to the gallery's followers Tuesday in an email blast from owner Kary Beckner.

Though Beckner declined to comment further on the closure or what prompted it, she said in her electronic announcement the closure Monday came with "a heavy heart."

"Many thanks to Willow's artists, employees, customers, collectors, vendors and friends for your support," Beckner wrote in the announcement.

"Thank you for allowing Willow to be a part of your community. We will neither soon forget our time in the Pantorium Building nor the beautiful artworks that adorned the space within.

"And to the many artists who have asked to be included in our future exhibits -- thank you for your interest! I'm sorry we will not be able to accommodate you and wish you the best in your future endeavors."

Willow opened after extensive work in the Pantorium Building in June 2008. According to a story on its opening, the gallery was intended as a place for art-lovers as well as those just learning about it. The pieces were intended to be set up in homes where they could have a role in everyday life versus sitting in a museum.

In her email, Beckner encouraged Willow's supporters to drop by "A" Gallery at Stephenson Cellars throughout September for Ursula Curran's black and white photography exhibit "New York New York in Walla Walla." An artist's reception takes place Friday, 6-9 p.m.

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A new twist on wine-tasting: Partake and post.

The second annual worldwide #Cabernet Day will be celebrated Thursday at the Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman shop, 19 N. Second Ave.

The event runs 5-7 p.m. and is designed as a social networking event to help bring wine-lovers together and spread the word on cabernet grapes.

Walla Walla Valley wineries L'Ecole No 41, Otis Kenyon, Seven Hills and Woodward Canyon will be represented at the tasting event, said Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman Catie McIntyre Walker.

How it works: Participants pay $5 for the tastings, then spread the word about them through photos on Flickr, YouTube videos, posts on Twitter, check-ins through Foursquare -- anything and everything involving social media as long as the hash tag "#CabernetDay" is included to make the posts searchable.

The purpose is to build awareness of wines. Last year's event resulted in nearly 9,000 tweets and 4,500 Facebook posts from about 3,000 people in six countries, McIntyre Walker said. To learn more visit: rickbakas.com/how-to-participate-in-cabernetday.

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Regency at the Park is showing off its recent remodel.

The College Place nursing home will host an open house Thursday to showcase its remodeled Progressive Recovery Suites.

The event runs 4-6 p.m. at the facility 420 S.E. Myra Road, and includes a tour, food and door prizes. The 106-bed facility offers skilled nursing care, rehabilitation services, hospice care, respite care and special-needs care through an Alzheimer's/dementia Unit. To learn more visit www.regencywallawalla.com or call 529-4880.

Contact Vicki Hillhouse at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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