Occasionally when traveling you find a place so beautiful and inspiring, you just have to document it and show all the people you can. This was the case for me when I happened upon Fundación de Artistas in Merida, Mexico during a recent trip to the Yucatan. This non-profit foundation, opened in 2015 by the owners of Coqui Coqui, the famed local perfumer, is a center for the arts hosting exhibitions, performances, and residencies. The foundation is housed in a stunning former colonial home in the center of Merida with large, spawling rooms used as gallery spaces all of which open up onto a beautiful central courtyard replete with a bubbling period fountain.
Instead of re-plastering and re-painting, the walls were all stripped and left bare, exposing extraordinary layers upon layers of brightly-colored paint, and creating a work of art all its own. Local pianists often play for guests in the courtyard.
The foundation also offers fresh juices, a shop space (above) filled with beautiful work by local artists and designers, and a small library.
The perfect place to accidentally spend the entire afternoon, as I did. Learn more about about Fundación de Artistas here.