Form & Function, A New Gallery in Woodland
October 25, 2017
Have you checked out Woodland’s newest gallery?
Form & Function at 524 Main Street is a beautiful space that features local crafters and fine artists. Open for less than a month, Form & Function has quickly filled its gallery with beautiful pottery, jewelry, photography, bags, and more.
My suggestion: visit when you have at least 30 minutes. Although the gallery is spacious and inviting, there is so much to see. Take your time and enjoy the artistry of each item and ask questions. Hank, Michelle, and the staff are very knowledgeable about the art and the artist. They are happy to share the artist’s story and usually a special note about certain pieces.
How did Form & Function start?
Hank: It was around 1997 when I lived in San Francisco. I often attended open studio events. I would see these great artists who didn’t have any marketing skills and couldn’t afford to go to shows or didn’t have their own studio space, or if they did they were in terrible neighborhoods.
At the time I had my own Accounting practice but I always wanted to create a space to showcase these artists. I occasionally looked for space and found that areas of San Francisco were changing. If a space looked good, it seemed that the neighborhood wasn’t a good fit. I could never find that perfect space in a creative, inviting neighborhood. Until we moved to Woodland!
Hank: We moved to Davis in 2010 to be near family. Eventually, after our move, an opportunity for my partner to take over Woodland School of Dance came about. We found that we loved the people in Woodland and so we decided to move here too. We’re excited to see all the new things happening downtown and in the neighborhood.
I’m friends with Wally Sheffield, our broker, who knew what I wanted to do. One day he called me up and said, “This is your space, you have to see it!” I walked in and fell in love with it. It was meant to be, a beautiful space and great location. Within in about a minute, I knew it would happen. This was back in April of this year.
What did you have to do to prepare the space?
Hank: The front half of the space was perfect and empty. The back half needed work; Old metal desks, old carpet, and file cabinets. I figured I could open up quickly in the first half and then expand back as needed. I started working on the backspace, pulling up a corner of the carpet…and then it got bigger and bigger! Originally the open date was to be the first week of July. I decided I wanted to take my time and do it right. As the summer wore on with that heat, I was glad I didn’t push myself to get the gallery ready.