Our Studio Tour

Where Art is Made

BEHIND NEIGHBORHOOD FENCES, down alleys and inside garages, Gulfport artists are creating in the rough. ONE WEEKEND A YEAR, our professional arts community invites guest artists from across the Tampa Bay region to share their work and the love of creating with our local community. Local artists open their studios, invite friends and the public to see it, touch it and buy it, directly from the maker.

Speak directly with the artist and get intimate details on how work goes from idea to art.

We believe the power of art is in seeing the crucible upon which art is created. Studios are those alchemic places where creativity is turned into art. Once a year Gulfport's professional arts community opens their studios to the public to see how art is created and to sell their work and commission the general public. Our viewing guests get to see where inspiration takes seed and the blossoming of creativity is formed.  

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

Guest Artist, Curtis Whitwam

This year's tour features 30 artists in 12 studio locations. Stop #1 is the fiber studio of Elizabeth Neily. A fiber artist for over four decades, Elizabeth loves to share her craft with her visitors. Guest artist and ceramic sculptor Ester Aall and watercolorist Curtis Whitwam will be showing along with Elizabeth at Stop #1.

At Stop #2 you'll enter the ceramic studio of ArtJones Founder Brenda McMahon, where she'll show how she creates her sculptural wall murals and saggar fired vessels. Brenda's guests include muralist Judith Villavisanis, wood artist Joshua Madison and our emerging artist scholarship winner Michelle Ingram, who creates beautiful fused glass paintings.

Just 2 blocks away painter Cynthia Dill is back on the ArtJones tour with a new guest artist, bronze sculptor Jack Hill. Stop #4 is new to ArtJones, the Gulfport Clayworks is host to three clay artists, a must see stop for sure. From there you head back to an original AJ member, Monika Watson. She and guest artist Mary Ellen Claggart are both mixed media artists. Now you're on the south side of Gulfport Boulevard, where stops 6 thru 12 are located.

Guest artist, Molly Fox Rohrer at the torch

Stop #6 is the glass studio of Diane Bragg, where she is hosting painter, Jila Davoodi. You'll love to see how shards of glass become beautiful glass panels. From there you'll head to Ray Domingo at stop #7 with new guest artist painter Janet Folsom. Ray is an original AJ member and a local favorite whose large scale paintings will stop you in your tracks. Larry Busby, another original member, will show at stop #8 along with emerging artist Deserie Vallorio and metal artist, Eric Folsom. Stop #9 is painter Jack Providenti's studio along with another local favorite, jeweler Doug D'Souza. Next up is Berkeley Grimball, the fine art jeweler who turns old clarinets into elegant jewelry. This stop hosts Amy Howell, our third emerging artist. Stop #11 has original member, Nancy Poucher along with our final guest emerging artist, painter Paula Roy.  Last but not least, Melissa Zodda shares her studio with jeweler Molly Fox Rohrer and pastel and oil painter Steven Verenicin. You'll be wowed by Melissa's new work and Molly's fun and colorful jewelry as well as Steven's spectacular paintings.

There's something for everyone at the ArtJones Open Studio Tour. Grab a friend and make a weekend of it!