Art+Culture Merida

2016 Merida Artist Studio Tour

Over 250 art lovers walked, biked, car pooled and taxied their way around Merida on the 4th annual Merida English Library (MEL) Artist Studio Tour. Originally conceptualized as a fundraiser for MEL, the Studio Tour has grown to become a cultural experience like none other in Merida. For one day in February, well-known and yet-to-be-discovered artists welcome crowds of locals and tourists into their studios for an intimate view on what it takes to be an artist. From mask-makers to painters, sculptors to printmakers, 26 artists in 21 studios worked tirelessly for months to bring their work to life. On street corners throughout Centro, map holders could be seen pondering which studio to visit next, because it truly is impossible to see them all. The quality of the work was exceptional, with many ticket holders becoming art owners in the process.

Our army of volunteers appeared to have as much fun as the artists, and although I didn’t get to all the studios myself, I’ve captured some highlights of the day here. Enjoy your virtual tour!


In October 2012, I drove 6,800 kms with my artist husband, Ric Kokotovich (, and my dog Iggy, to spend 6 months in our adopted city of Merida. Leaving the fast paced world of Calgary behind, I packed my books, art and entrepreneurial spirit, and set off to explore what lay beyond the borders that had become my life. In October 2013 we hit the road south again, hoping to find out what ‘living the dream’ really means. This is my adventure.

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