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!