A Tree Grows in the Dogpatch
Located in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, Treehouse Gallery is part of a movement of contemporary artistic practice that reconsiders the gallery space as a place for community dialogue. Treehouse does more than showcase the artworks of local, up-and-coming artists. This community space houses workshops, an urban garden, a collective kitchen for cooking demonstrations, and a yoga studio.
On May 22nd, 2010 the Treehouse Gallery opened its doors to over 175 bay area residents. According to founder Hadass Gerson, "the goal was to experiment with a new model of exhibition in which the artist defines the conditions for sharing art with an audience." The idea for Treehouse came about collectively the same way that most great ideas are birthed: "We would get together for dinners or coffee and talk about how we were working on becoming less reliant on huge companies to grow our food, how accomplished we felt making a whole meal out of local food that we could grow in a small plot of land in our back yard with just seeds and some dedicated work. We would discuss how seeing new artwork could be like a window into a deeper discussion about life. We taught each other how to do new things and in doing so, learned how to be more capable members of society."
The most unique feature of the 1,000-square-foot, turn-of-the-century industrial space is its versatility. The space seamlessly transforms from a studio where Silent Lounge Yoga classes take place to a space for poetry readings and community discussion. The urban garden and community kitchen work in unison as a space to prepare locally sourced treats for art openings and events.