While business experts will tell you location is the key to success, Jonathan Schork's studio's hidden location provides the allure to attract artists and guests alike.
The "schork~munsell studios 2" recently opened at 5437 29th Ave S, Gulfport and is only accessible from the alley. It's located in between Owen Pach's and Victoria Wenner's studios in what is quickly becoming known as "Artist Alley."
In less than three months, 48-year-old Jonathan Schork went from looking at the building space to moving in and creating a gallery and studio. Schork says Owen Pach and Victoria Wenner helped him settle in Gulfport. His first studio, "schork~munsell studios," has been located in Big Pine Key for more than 20 years.
After spending time in Gulfport and creating friendships, it made perfect sense to open a second studio here.
"I want to make this a destination place," Schork said.
With it's post-industrial feel, intricate sculptures and theatrical decor, Schork's studio appears mysteriously attractive.
"The studio is made of three pieces: a gallery, meeting place and working studios."
He says he has a fascination with bones and bugs and incoporates them in his work. A quick walk through the studio reveals items made of steel, copper, plaster, wood and more.
"I use a lot of organic materials," Schork said.
Schork produces paintings, chandeliers, sculptures, acrylic jewelry, life-casting and decorative pieces. Schork is not only an artist, he is a published author and short film maker.
Schork published "diversifolio" with E.C. Kasteen in 2004 and wrote, produced and filmed "tsuki no mon ni: yurei no mori". The short film was released last year.
In the short film, he explores themes of grief, loss, & love by creating the monumental sculpture "tsuki no mon ni: yurei no mori" and asking people to write messages to love ones who are no longer living.
"The filmmaking is the most fun. You get to write, edit, use photography. It's very exciting."
His film and book are on sale at the studio. He also has artwork by Ciara Carinci and the late artist Richard Munsell for sale.
Studio partner and fellow artist Ciara Carinci wants to expand the studio to include "after dinner entertainment" during Art Walks. Schork says they are working on building a stage to set up in the rear of the studio where people can sing, perform, read poetry and more. The studio also features a screen on one wall where Schork wants to show local independent films.
For more information
Schock plans to be open during the First Friday Art Walks and possibly the Third Saturday Arts Walks as well.
Schock is looking for artists to perform at the studio and to show work in their February theme show "ars erotica."
For more information contact Jonathan Schork at (305) 304-3018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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