Rachel Perkal and her husband, Tobin Fraley, wanted to bring a different kind of store to their small village of Long Grove in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. So in 2004, when a space became available in the historic business district, they jumped at the opportunity. On April 1st of that year the doors to Woodland Grove Gallery opened. Their philosophy was to present unique, quality artwork in a warm and friendly setting with customer service as a high priority and artwork that reflects their owns tastes.
Over the past 8 years they have expanded the space four times. And although the gallery is now 3,500 square feet, they have limited the number of artists represented to a few dozen. “I believe that each artist needs the room to be seen in a proper setting”, says Tobin, “ so we only display work that we would have in our own home.”
Yet even with a full gallery, Tobin and Rachel continue to travel around the country attending high-end art fairs, and wholesale craft shows seeking wonderful new items to bring to Woodland Grove. “You never know what new treasure or marvelous artist we’ll find,” say Rachel.