Art studio displays dark, daring and imaginative spirt through its crafts
THE SANTA CLARA
November 6, 2014
Across from the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, a sign bears the slogan “Embracing the Light and Dark within us all.” On Lincoln Street lies Studio-Bongiorno, a small coffee shop and art gallery.
Filled with homely rocking chairs set against a backdrop of dark and intriguing art, the studio makes any visitor feel like they’ve entered a kaleidoscope of visuals. The studio achieves this aesthetic by displaying a dynamic array of mediums: pottery, canvas, jewelry, sculpture and cloth. The pieces, especially the jewelry, are reasonably priced and undeniably unique. For those seeking an avenue into individual expression, this is a haven.
Studio-Bongiorno, owned by Phil Bongiorno, has been open for just over two years.
“I’ve tried to create what’s not in the Bay Area by combining aspects of Big Sur and San Francisco,” said Bongiorno. “It’s naturally gravitated to being a hub for spiritual seekers and artistic souls.”
Bongiorno was attracted to the space because of its proximity to the cemetery.
In addition, the studio sponsors classes, workshops and hosts art shows for smaller, lesser-known artists. Each month, poetry readings are held and live acoustic music is performed. Studio-Bongiorno has also hosted a “death café,” a European concept that involves eating cake, drinking coffee or tea and discussing mortality.
Studio-Bongiorno proudly embraces its strange, dark and unconventional spirit. Bongiorno has tried to make it a place that can exist as an escape by setting up an area that “speaks to the soul so it applies to a large range of people and patrons.”
The patrons, often artists themselves, come to the cafe for a brief respite and some inspiration. They can grab a cup of coffee or tea and settle in as the artwork and wonderful café smells penetrate the creative spirit.
Studio-Bongiorno exists as a hidden “rabbit hole” leading down into a creative realm that at times can be scary, but is always exciting. Students wishing to take a journey down Bellomy beyond the familiar red cups zone will not be disappointed by this hidden gem.
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