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By Working Gringos

Here are some important updates about the shows and store of AANY, a group of local artisans and craftspeople.


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The Merida English Library and the Nahualli art gallery is bringing to Merida a unique and exciting art exhibit by a group of Oaxacan painters and printmakers, along with the story of their people…

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

Our contributor, James Gunn, reviews books of short stories from a locally-born author, Martin Briceño. Briceño writes with wit and insight into characters living on the darker side…

By Working Gringos

Estancia is a lovely, evocative short film that was made by a photographer who has fallen in love with the Yucatan. Here’s our interview with him about making the film…


By Working Gringos

Start collecting your money and making your lists… here comes the AANY show, just in time for your Christmas shopping. Check out the news and mark your calendar… you don’t want to miss this!

By Byron D Augustin and Francisco Hernandez

An exhibit of work by a third-generation (at least!) potter in Valladolid who is working hard to preserve Maya techniques and traditions of pottery making in Uayma, outside of Valladolid, Yucatan.

By Working Gringos

The upcoming Arte e Mano show features some new artists and new works by favorite artists… a great way to buy unique holiday gifts AND support local artists. This year, there’s also a great raffle too…


By Working Gringos

Artists create art, but it is the collectors who support them that allow them to flourish in their craft. Here we profile a local and prolific collector of Mexican art, Paul Ziegler, and focus on his vast collection of Mexican pottery…

By Working Gringos

Two artists struggle, meet, collaborate, move to Merida and create a beautiful mural in Habla’s central courtyard for everyone to enjoy. Meet the artists, Vivian Hinojosa and Manuel Taure, and see a preview of their latest work…

By Working Gringos

The sixth AANY show featuring Yucatan-based artisans is coming up on April 2 and 3. Look at how the community works together to make this increasingly popular event happen…


By Working Gringos

This is the story of Jeff Ware, who came to Merida to fulfill a life-long dream and renew his passion for making knives.

By Working Gringos

Katherine de Barrueta’s art is lifted from fossil records and butterfly wings, bringing two dimensional records into a three dimensional world. And it begs the question… what is left behind?

By Working Gringos

The AANY program of finding Yucatan artists who create original designs and quality products has continued to grow. On March 20 and 21, their fourth show will be held in a new location. Read about it and definitely, don’t miss it!

By Working Gringos

Something about the Yucatan and Merida awakens the poet in many of us. Imagine what it does for someone like Doug Tanoury, an actual, real-life poet…

By Working Gringos

There really is some amazing handmade art being created in the Yucatan, but it has taken a group of dedicated artlovers to search it out and work with the artists to bring it to Merida. Come to the AANY Arte A Mano show to see what they have found…

By Working Gringos

There seems to be a lot more going on in the Merida Art World these days… here’s a quick update on random events, people and circumstances that we find interesting…

By Working Gringos

The snowbirds are flying in for the winter, the heat is abating (a little more than necessary this week…) and the Merida Art Scene is heating up for the winter. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new…

By Working Gringos

Merida’s beautiful weather, colonial architecture and laid-back culture has recently attracted an accomplished realist, whose portraits and other paintings sell so quickly, we may never see any of them. Not to worry… Harold McAnaney’s history, perspective and influence are a welcome addition to Merida’s growing art community…

By Working Gringos

Have you been looking for some creative folk art in the Yucatan? We thought so… so have we. Save your pesos for the next upcoming AANY show…

By Working Gringos

Benjamin Ramirez is the epitome of a gentleman. But like many of the colonial homes in Merida, behind the stately facade lives an artistry of unexpected color and light…

By Working Gringos

Carla Zarebska’s art is the art of searching, interviewing, asking, collecting, finding, organizing and ultimately, the art of remembering. Her books are graphic and literary, with something for both casual and serious readers…

By Working Gringos

David Sierra has been a steady contributor to the art scene in Merida since he returned from New York and Chiapas in 1985. The Working Gringos sat down with him in his studio to find out more about him and to take a look around his world…

By Working Gringos

After many years of recognition in Mexico City and the United States, local artist Samuel Barrera begins to show his unique surreal paintings in the museums and galleries of Merida…

By Working Gringos

Check out what Merida has to offer with the growing number of galleries showing artists from around Mexico and the rest of the world. There is art here for every taste and every pocketbook.

By Working Gringos

A colonial Merida art gallery near Parque Santa Ana displays art from two Mexican artists. Melva comes from Morelia, Abel from Oaxaca. They both studied in Mexico City and are creating a new life (and great art!) in Merida…

By Working Gringos

José Góngora may paint Se Vende signs for his day job, but when he gets off work, he trains his eye and paintbrush on reproductions of famous Mexican calendar art…

By Working Gringos

Alberto Castillo’s paintings grace the walls of many homes and hotels in Merida. The Working Gringos visit the artist in his natural habitat, which is a jungle of art and history…

By Working Gringos

Salvado lives and paints here in Merida where he shares his home with his actress/dancer wife and their daughter. As he puts it, he ‘steals’ space from them to have his art studio…

By Working Gringos

One of the treasures of any area is the artists who choose to reside there. As artists, they observe and filter their surrounding environment through their creative process and produce artworks that, usually, reflect something of the culture in which the art was created…

By Working Gringos

Our first reaction to this was, wow! Its art! This would not be out of place in a SoHo gallery…

By Working Gringos

If you are going to Chichen Itza, consider walking out the back entrance towards Mayaland (or driving around and parking there) to check out these beautiful stained glass windows…

By Working Gringos

One of the first things we noticed about properties for sale here in Merida was the floors. No kidding. Because many of the floors, even in the most humble of stores or homes, are covered with beautiful mosaico tiles…