Shanahan Gallery presents "Lady with a Past," an exhibit by local photographer Andrew E. Cier, timed to open Saturday, May 6, in the loft @ shanahan, in honor of National Historic Preservation Month.

This debut show offers a romantic look at the details of feminine fashion. Each "Lady" rendered in sepia tone reflects the period as if she has stepped out of time. Each lady also remains a mystery, somewhat provocative, not completely revealed, and only begins to come to life with excerpts from the upcoming book in progress - a collaboration between Cier and LaRee Johnson. The exhibit is accompanied by period clothing from the private collection of Johnson, author of "Ladies' Vintage Accessories."

Shanahan Gallery, which opened for business in December 2005, features North Pacific Coast fine art photography from local and regional photographers and is located at 1296 Commercial St. in downtown Astoria. Cier, featured in this first show at the loft @ shanahan, is nationally recognized as the photographer whose "Ocian In View" image is on the fourth nickel in the Westward Journey series of coins commemorating the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. These Oregon Coast prints include documentation on this U.S. coin, and are now available exclusively at Shanahan Gallery.

The public is invited to Shanahan Gallery's Grand Opening Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at the loft @ shanahan for an evening celebrating history, preservation and art. Additional information is available at www.shanahangallery.com or by calling (503) 338-0100.

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