Silverwood Gallery closes after 17 years in the heart of Burton

Margaret and Eric Heffelfinger, owners of the Silverwood Gallery in Burton, shuttered their doors for good on Sunday — a move, they said, that will enable them to pursue other opportunities and dreams.

The couple did not want to talk extensively about their decision when reached Friday, wishing instead to allow a statement published in this week’s Beachcomber to serve as their announcement to the community. (See page 11 of this week's issue.)

Both, however, urged Islanders to not read anything into their decision other than their desire to take on other projects and commit more time to their art and their students.

“All is well. Nobody’s ill. Nobody’s getting a divorce. It’s just time for a change,” said Eric, a well-known goldsmith who began teaching jewelry-making at Vashon High School a couple of years ago.

“After a lot of discussion, it seemed like a good time for us. We have a ton of ideas that we haven’t gotten to,” Margaret added.

The high-profile couple will remain committed to the community, Margaret said. “The timing was absolutely perfect,” she added.

Silverwood, which the Heffelfingers opened 17 years ago, is located in the Masonic Temple in the heart of Burton. The small, airy gallery features Margaret’s colorful paintings, Eric’s jewelry and the work of a handful of other artists, including Ted Kutscher, an Islander known for his richly hued scenes of Island life.

Their surprise announcement comes at a time of change in Burton. Troy Kindred and Marie Browne, owners of the Quartermaster Inn & Restaurant, another Burton anchor, served their last meal last week. The couple decided not to renew their lease because they weren’t able to agree to terms with their landlord.


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