For the Love of Art
Studio22 Fine Art is a commercial fine art gallery overlooking historic market square, in downtown Kingston, Ontario. Established in 2006, the gallery showcases emerging and established professional contemporary Canadian artists.
Studio22 sells original fine art, in person and online, to suit any decor, style and budget. The gallery is dedicated to fostering the appreciation of original art and cultivating generations of new and experienced art collectors.
“Studio22 is a place built to allow for the love of art to seed, to grow and to change. Our goal is to let first time art buyers become established collectors; and established collectors feel like first time art buyers.”
– Ally Jacob (Owner & Gallery Director)
Creators and partners, Ally and Hersh Jacob, both came from theatre. Before living in Kingston, the pair ran and operated a small theatre space in Toronto- teaching and producing content as The Toronto Studio Players. Ten years stood between the closing of their theatre and the opening of the gallery, but the conception of a new artist space was churning throughout the decade.
Studio22 was established as a business in 2003, under the name Idea Manufactory, a factory for poster art, design and micro publishing. The Idea Manufactory, a name referring to the creative studio that moves ideas into products, launched Studio22 Open Gallery in 2006.
With Ally’s architectural design background and Hersh’s unabashed passion for all things art, what started as a studio in a single room has grown into a beautiful building full of art as well as a robust online original art shop, open 24/7 and offering shipping all over the world. The versatility of the space, both physical and virtual, allows for a broad spectrum of works; art that is created in its whole and curated not for one person, but for all people.
Partner / Curator / Space Artist
Ally manages the business, creates and schedules the gallery’s exhibits and designs all the physical spaces. She is in a continuous and intense dialogue with all the Art and Artists. She thrives on change and the eclecticism of the gallery’s artwork and prides herself on her ability to hang an exhibit of disparate styles and materials where all pieces hold their own.
Ally gets a great deal of pleasure from selling the gallery’s artwork – especially to first time art buyers. She firmly believes that living with original art is so pleasurable and deeply satisfying that it only takes one sale to make a life-long collector.
Partner / Graphic Designer / Artist
Hersh designs and produces all the studio’s printed and promotional material. The Idea Manufactory, as a physical space on the 3rd floor of the studio’s building, is his lair. His unique graphic style is rooted in a deep love of type, paper and books and is the source of the reams of content that pour out of Studio22’s manufactory.
Artist and patron alike appreciate the unabashed enthusiasm of Hersh’s graphic calls to attention. His exhibition catalogues are collectible items.