The Artisan Studio at Brucemore

By February 12, 2020 No Comments

Brucemore has launched the Artisan Studio at Brucemore, an innovative new program inspired by the families who lived on the historic estate and their strong support of the arts. Since becoming a National Trust Historic Site in 1981, Brucemore has been maintaining this tradition through cultural programming and partnerships. The Artisan Studio offers an exciting new opportunity to incubate talent within Eastern Iowa and offer a chance for artists to create music under the inspiration of the estate’s history and the guidance of Brucemore’s artisan-in-residence, Gerard Estella. This process can include writing, developing, producing, recording and mixing work. The artists selected for this unique opportunity in 2020 will be showcasing their work in Brucemore’s Live from the Artisan Studio series.

“The Artisan Studio is an exciting way for Brucemore to continue the traditions started by the people who lived on this estate,” said Museum Program Manager Melissa Porter. “Irene Douglas supported local artists like Marvin Cone and Grant Wood. A century later the names may have changed, but the tradition of supporting local art continues.”


Live from the Artisan Studio offers audiences a chance to peek behind the curtains and witness music in the making. During this acoustic performance, the studio artists will intermix their music with a discussion of their work in the  Artisan Studio. The first two dates have been announced, featuring Logan Adam Schultz on February 28 and Erika Bailey on March 27. Performances will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Brucemore. Admission is $10 per person in advance with Brucemore member discounts available. Guests are welcome to bring snacks and beverages to enjoy a fun and relaxed evening of music. Space is limited; purchase tickets online at or by telephone at (319) 362-7375.

About the Artisan-in-Residence

Originally from New York City, Gerard Estella considers himself lucky to have the pleasure of doing what he loves. Not only has he worked with artists like Sting, Phil Collins, and Jo Dee Messina, he has also composed for film, TV, and stage. Since landing in Cedar Rapids, Gerard has developed a history of partnering with Brucemore programming, participating in various ways over the last two decades, including A Modern Salon, Cabaret in the Courtyard, Classics at Brucemore, and a CD/coffee table book set, Uncommon Kings. He is also a founding member of SPT Theatre, a partner at the marketing company North Forty, and the owner of GMix East, an artist development company. Gerard and his team at GMix East bring their skills and expertise to their work in the Artisan Studio working with artists to write, develop, produce, record and mix their work.

About Brucemore

Brucemore is a living landmark that charts the history of Cedar Rapids. The independent non-profit preserves and shares the estate through innovative, collaborative programming that inspires those who visit today. The site’s story is a lens to the past and a reminder of the people, the events, and the drive that shaped the Cedar Rapids community. Brucemore is an irreplaceable asset and a powerful reminder that the shared history belongs to everyone. For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


Tara Richards

Director of Community Engagement


(319) 362-7375