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 artists open 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

Fiber Artist Alice Pickett's Studio

Alice Pickett, a new member of ArtJones at Stop #16 has been a fiber artist for more than 2 decades. She began her career weaving rugs in the Northeast. She relocated to Gulfport, FL, and is now creating captivating wall art. 

Other new artists include illustrator, Mike Williams, who carefully draws marine life incorporated into maps and Anna Ayers who paints lyrical landscapes. Pastel artist Nancy Poucher captures stark, simple beauty on her canvasses.  Barbara Busenbark, a new artist on the 2019 tour, uses oil paints for her panoramic landscapes and Angus Mcauley is a contemporary painter who synthesizes impressionistic brush strokes with fabric on canvas.  

Ceramicist Brenda McMahon throws a platter

Brenda McMahon, a full-time ceramic artist for more than 23 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.

After visiting Brenda's studio, head down the block to painter, Irina Lapin's atelier to see her abstract compositions. New artist Jila Davoodi is sharing Irina's studio.  Turn south on the same street and one block over to experience Monika Watson's mixed media paintings using tile and brushwork. Don't miss a new addition to ArtJones this year, glass artist Diane Bragg who cuts glass and layers it in a kiln firing to create dimensional and fun wall art. These are just some of the 20 artists on this year's tour.