Form + Function
by John and Kerstin Davis
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Flow Gallery, located in historic downtown Marshall, announces its newest exhibit “Form +Function” by husband and wife team John and Kerstin Davis. The show, featuring John’s graceful, clean-lined furniture and functional wooden objects and Kerstin’s beautifully compelling, multi-media art forms, will run from August 15 to September 21. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 15 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. “Form + Function” opens in conjunction with Marshall’s Third Thursdays, where downtown Marshall will be humming with art openings, open studios, live music, and happenings with eats & drinks along the way.
Flow is overwhelmed by the wealth of talent and character that dwells within Madison County lines and continues to showcase that talent through art shows and openings. Kerstin and John were invited to present this joint show because they and their work exemplify that special spirit, inventiveness and charm that makes Marshall what it is, a confluence of old and new, practical and purely artistic, form and function.
John and Kerstin are the owners of the Marshall House Inn, which sits up on Hill St., overlooking the quaint town of Marshall and the beautiful French Broad River. They bought and renovated the inn in 2016. Their artistic style is evident in every corner of the big, gorgeous, 1920 home. Kerstin has a substantial background in creating and teaching art, holding a BA from the Savannah School of Design and an MA in teaching art from Western Carolina University. She’s an art teacher at Madison Middle School when she’s not creating her own art or helping John run the inn. John had a 30 plus year career in software development but has always had a passion for woodworking and history. He and Kerstin renovated other historic buildings before the Marshall House Inn. His modern, sleek furniture is a perfect complement to the interior spaces of the renovated old home. He currently works full time building furniture and running the inn.