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Rik Kokotovich is among the artists featured in the Mérida English Library Artist Studio Tour.

A self-guided tour of 26 private art studios will raise money for the Merida English Library. 

MEL has enlisted 43 artists from Mexico, Argentina, Canada, France, Spain and the United States to participate in the event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19.

Artwork will be on sale at the studios.

There’s no possible way to see them all, so participants are advised to plan ahead. A map will be provided to anyone buying a ticket See details on the MEL website

Ground transportation is recommended. While all the artists are in Mérida’s Centro, some are in García Ginerés, Itzimná, and south or southeast of the city. Tickets (500 pesos for the entire weekend) include a street map with thumbnail examples of each artist’s work.

Juan Pablo Bavio’s studio is open to the public during the MEL Artist Studio Tour.

This unique self-guided tour is a yearly fundraiser for the Mérida English Library and gives important exposure to local, national and international artists living and working in Mérida. Many artists are represented in galleries and museums around the world, but the MEL Artist Studio Tour is the only time their studios are open to the public. 

The tour allows you to spend quality time with each artist to discuss their creative process and make a purchase. Sculptors, painters, printmakers, and photographers are represented in the mix.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday at the Merida English Library, Calle 53, 524, between 66 and 68 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Saturday, tickets will also be sold at the Slow Food Market, Calle 33 and Avenida Reforma (Calle 72), García Ginerés from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Online sales are here.

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