Our Studio Tour

Where Art is Made

BEHIND NEIGHBORHOOD FENCES, down alleys and inside garages, Gulfport artists are creating in the rough. The working artists of this Florida gulf coast community often show at galleries and art venues around the state and across the nation but are rarely known at home.

See the creative process 'in the rough' before it is cleansed by glass shelves and gallery walls.

Once a year Gulfport's professional arts community opens their shops and galleries to the public to share where inspiration takes seed and the blossoming of creativity is formed.  See the fiber studios where yarn and wool are in spools on the wall, the painting studios where drawings are transformed into art and the ceramic studios where the alchemy of clay and fire birth vessels and tiles.

ArtJones welcomes art enthusiasts of all ages to See it, Feel it, Buy it during this 2-day free event, the first weekend in December. Saturday 10-5; Sunday 11-4

Jeweler Doug D'souza

Doug D'souza, will be joining ArtJones for a second year, as will Jack Providenti. Doug has been a jeweler for more than 3 decades. After 10 years in his original field of engineering mechanics, an accident forced him to change the course of his life. It was during that life transition that a creative light was switched on and it is one that has shone bright ever since. 

 Metalsmith, Berkeley Grimball, made his ArtJones premier last year and he'll return this year with this elegant and fascinating jewelry. Berkeley, a jeweler his entire life, closed his jewelry store of 33 years in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and relocated to Gulfport. Now a free man, Berkeley is going back to his roots of designing and creating pieces from old clarinets! His work is a must see this year, lyrical and intriguing with a mastery that nods to his lifetime as a fine jeweler. Photographer Larry Busby is a founding ArtJones member and an annual favorite stop. He's always at the Enroy Foundation home of Larry & Maureen. 

Mixed Media artist Monika Watson, another original ArtJones member, will be showing her mixed media ceramic mosaic work this year. Fused glass artist Diane Bragg shows how she cuts glass and layers it in a kiln to create brilliantly colorful wall art in her Gulfport glass studio. Diane has been creating stunning fused glass for more than 20 years.

Ceramicist Brenda McMahon throws a platter

Brenda McMahon, a full-time ceramic artist for more than 26 years, explores texture, color, nuance and mood in her Gulfport ceramic studio.  Her meditative vessels are collected in homes across the country and her dimensional wall murals are displayed in businesses & residences from east to west. Brenda opened her namesake gallery in downtown Gulfport, Florida in 2019. She also shows the works of 15 other regional artists. 

Some of our returning artists are mixed media artist Melissa Zodda's, painter Jila Davoodi, and weaver, Elizabeth Neily. Of course it would not be an ArtJones without co-founder Ray Domingo, who not only designed our logo, but helped put us on the map! We are compiling our list of newly invited artists now. We are eager to share those names and artwork with you soon.