Located at 235 Shoreline Hwy., the former home of Quality Motorcycles that sits behind Roco Dance and near Good Earth Natural Foods is now a 900-square-foot gallery and artists studios. Jeff McWhinney, whose McWhinney Designs jewelry studio shares the space with Will Hassinger’s Will Built architectural metalwork and jewelry shop, says the space has had a rather serendipitous evolution.
McWhinney and Hassinger found the space shortly after they decided to move their shared studio out of San Rafael’s Canal District in late 2018. McWhinney says the space had some of the grit that they were accustomed to in their prior space but also plenty of potential.
“When we first moved in, it needed plenty of cleanup, but as we worked on it more and more, it started to feel like it could be a really nice place to visit,” says McWhinney, who uses a computer numerical control (CNC) machine to create unique jewelry that he calls active rings for active lifestyles. “We started to feel like it might be worth sharing the place with the community.”
They’ve done just that, using the gallery to showcase not only their own work as part of Marin Open Studios, but also that of some of their fellow artists, including Mill Valley artists Gary Smith (paintings) and Al Kun (metal sculpture) and art pieces from Utah artist Trevor Hirschi.
Check out a short video tour of Shoreline Studios here: