I am very lucky to live in an area with people that actively support the arts. I’ve been seeing big shifts here recently, especially in the Town of Kingsville, just a few minutes away from where I live. A couple of years ago a little coffee shop opened up on the main street – small and unassuming, but with big goals to bring healthy food and a place for art to the masses. I can tell you that it has succeeded on both fronts.
Frank, the owner of Merlis‘ is one of a kind – he’ll greet you personally the first time you walk in the door and you’ll leave feeling like a part of the family. The small restaurant seats 30 people and the walls are covered with the works of local artists. From the 11 year old’s tiger painting, to wild abstract pieces, to hand-crafted needlework, there is something to appeal to all tastes. I’ve been lucky enough to have some of my pieces displayed on the walls – and the best part, there is no charge to do this, just an understanding that a percentage of everything sold goes to the Arts Society of Kingsville.
Here are the most recent pieces of mine that are lucky enough to be on the walls at Merlis’. If you’re in the area, this is definitely a place to stop and enough!