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Everybody's Business

At Studio Munch, watch as art takes shape

By Michael Canning
Published November 24, 2006


Munch on art. Actually, it's pronounced "monk," as in the soon-to-open Studio Munch art gallery, at 3401 Henderson Blvd., a few doors over from Outback Steakhouse.

Painter William Munch intends to make it a working studio gallery. So if he's there and the door in the back of the gallery is open, go on in. In his studio you can watch him create and see an array of his works in progress.

For now the 1,000-square-foot space will feature just Munch's paintings, but he hopes to add the works of others.

Munch's expressionist paintings will be displayed in four series - Pescatore, Dead Rock Stars, Four Seasons and Noche. They're mostly self-explanatory. Dead Rock Stars also includes renderings of people who weren't rock stars, but who became the objects of rock-hero worship. Think country icon Johnny Cash and poet Charles Bukowski. Edgar Allan Poe will be added to Dead Rock Stars soon.

Prices for Munch's art will range from $400 for prints to $25,000 for signature pieces. He hopes to add T-shirts bearing his work. But no framing services here: "We are the real deal," Munch said.

Munch moved with his wife and two children to Davis Islands from Long Island, N.Y., four months ago. Snow up there and family down here inspired the move. It also didn't hurt that the New York Yankees hold spring training here.

"Being a former season ticket holder, that thrilled me," Munch said.

Studio Munch is scheduled to open to the public Dec. 2. Gallery hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, weekends and nights by appointment. Visit

Custom candles

Looking for sweetgrass-scented filler in a soy wax container? Maybe blueberry muffin in good old beeswax fits your mood.

Candles as Art will custom-make your candles. The shop opened in mid October at 7110 N Florida Ave. in Old Seminole Heights.

Co-owner Victor Rincon says the shop offers six different waxes and 4,000 scents to choose from, including lavender, green tea, cedar, pine, myrrh, sage, pumpkin pie, pina colada, 7 Up, and his signature scent, bamboo teak.

Rincon gives his cell phone number to customers. If it's the middle of the night and for some reason you need candles, call him and he'll open the shop. It helps that he lives within walking distance of the store.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 231-7271, or after hours, 786-9293.

No stasis for oasis

The tweaks are ongoing at Soho Oasis, 410-C S Howard Ave. First came the outdoor patio and beer and wine license in late August. Then came the patio awning and giant outdoor video screen showing Arabic language music videos in October.

Owner Richard Azar also wants to bring back lunch hours, which he stopped recently because he couldn't find decent help. Once he finds a good staff, he said, he'll open for lunch and reopen on Monday nights. For now it's 5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Sunday.

The menu will stay the same, except that his appetizer dishes will be offered as larger combos. Mediterranean staples such as shish kebab, hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanouj, falafel and baklava are featured.

The beer and wine selection will include varieties produced in Azar's native Lebanon.

The 900-square-foot restaurant opened in 2004 as an adjunct to Azar's Oasis Bakery at 1450 Skipper Road. Baked goods from there are also featured at Soho Oasis.

Do you know something that should be everybody's business? Call 226-3394, or e-mail



Pig planks

Wood serving planks from Honduras hold cheese, fruit and more to serve hungry guests. Small bowl, $18.95; small appetizer tray, $49.95. Other sizes available at Estela's, 4234 Bay to Bay Blvd. Call 832-6626.

- Amy Scherzer

[Last modified November 22, 2006, 08:57:35]

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