Twenty-five years ago, Pence Gallery was originally a dentist's office. Dr. Pence was an avid art collector; the art he had hung in the waiting and treatment rooms had perhaps a calming effect. In 1975, he donated the building and surrounding grounds to the city of Davis. Today, the gallery with its intimate size bustles with many openings for artists from the Central Valley and of national stature. More than 50 artists, including Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson, have given their time or donated works to support the gallery.