About The Studio


For more than a century, arts and culture have been celebrated at Brucemore. Irene Douglas, who lived at Brucemore between 1906 and 1937, helped support many local musicians, performers, and artists. Today her legacy continues through Brucemore’s variety of programs and events. The Artisan Studio is a continuation of this legacy.

Led by Brucemore’s Artisan in Residence, Gerard Estella, the Studio seeks to cultivate a talented group of local performers. Originally from New York City, Gerard considers himself lucky to have the pleasure of doing what he loves. Not only has Gerard 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, participating in numerous performances of A Modern Salon, Cabaret in the Courtyard, Classics at Brucemore, and a CD/coffee table book set, Uncommon Kings. He is 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.