GULFPORT, FL – During its first five years, the Gulfport Fine Arts Collective ArtJones has become a holiday shopping staple for art lovers in the area and has established itself as a leading artist collective on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
The group celebrates its fifth anniversary on December 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and December 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with its most creative group of artists to date, a growing focus on emerging artists and the inaugural winner of the ArtJones scholarship award. , an award designed to welcome voices underrepresented in the artistic community.
The two-day self-paced tour features 28 fine artists from a wide variety of mediums including painting, glass art, ceramics, woodworking, photography, jewelry, and fiber art .
ArtJones founder Brenda McMahon said there was a new sense of excitement about this year’s tour.
“I haven’t been so excited about the ArtJones Open Studio Tour since its debut,” she said. “Our expansion of the professional artist base, along with our Emerging Artist Program and Scholarship Program places this tour and our professional arts community exactly where I envisioned it seven years ago, when the seed of this idea began to take root. “
ArtJones announced earlier this fall that glass artist Michelle Ingram is the first recipient of the new scholarship, joining emerging painters Amy Howell, Paula Roy and Deserie Valloreo on this year’s tour.
The group redesigned the Open Studio Tour in 2021, bringing together artists to give visitors fewer stops while seeing more artwork. Each of the 12 studios, with one exception, will host two to four performers, with all safety and social distancing protocols in place. For more information and to download a map of this year’s ArtJones Open Studio tour, visit artjonesstudiotour.com.
ArtJones is an independent artist collective. The rotating list of artists is selected by invitation.