The sign that took me into Mercedes Felgueres Gallery Space
The sign that took me into Mercedes Felgueres Gallery Space

There they are in the background wondering why I’m taking a photo of their sign on the glass door.  After opening the door and walking in, the first question out of the owner’s mouth was “Why did you take a photo of my sign?”

The answer was easy to give. I wasn’t sure I read the note correctly and I wanted to take it home and read it slowly to make sure I understood it correctly.  The Gallery space sign said art gallery but the space was filled with designer labels.

This is what happens when you have children. You bend over backwards to help them… especially if you are Spanish. Mercedes is Mexican and she decided to give part of her space to her daughter, Mercedes, to start a fashion line. (They have the same name because it is family tradition.)

The artist, Mercedes Felgueres, flipped her paintings over to the restaurant next door (owned by the family) and the front of her gallery now displays young fashion designers.

After a nice chat with the two women, where I ended up buying a spiderweb type sweater by a local designer (no label on the garment),  I walked with Mercedes next door to the restaurant to look at her artwork.  This is what I saw:

small artwork by mercedes felgueres
small artwork by mercedes felgueres
Encaustic artwork by Mercedes felgueres
Encaustic artwork by Mercedes felgueres
artwork with chairs by Mercedes felgueres
artwork by Mercedes felgueres
artwork with people by Mercedes felgueres
artwork by Mercedes felgueres

I was happy to learn that Mercedes  does encaustic. She is now the 3rd artist I’ve met in Munich working with this medium Nicole Boots and Emmy Horstkamp are the other two. ( Yes, I can meet myself and talk about myself in the 3rd person.)

The restaurant is called Volk Art and is located at Volkartstrasse 15, D-80634. The restaurant is a tapas bar which is an excellent excuse to head over to Neuhausen to see Mercedes artwork and have some yummy food.  Mercedes is Mexican and you can talk to her in German, Spanish or English.  She knows all three languages which is helpful for this creative but language challenged Munich Artist.

After leaving Mercedes to deal with the lunch rush at the restaurant, I walked into Perlerie.

perlerie alles run um die perle
Perlerie alles run um die perle

I had no reason to walk into this store except that it was next to the gallery and I like windows that are a bit too busy.  Upon entering I found lots of this:

detail of merchandise available at perlerie
detail of merchandise available at Perlerie Neuhausen

and bought this:

beads for around 2,50 Euro
String of beads for around 2,50 Euro

Ah.  Lovely. Five strands of golden beads for 2,50 Euro each (You do the math)  I also bought the ribbon chains to hang a pendant that Angela Smets made. Angela lives in Neuhausen but her studio is at the WiederFabrik. You can see her work at the Affordable Art Fair this fall or make an appointment with her at her studio.

Today, I’m heading over to check out a new art store in town. I will give you a heads up tomorrow as I add more artsy places to my list.

Written by Emmy Horstkamp

Hi, my name is Emmy and I live in Munich, Germany. If you want to know about art me visit my art page www.emmyhorstkamp.com or visit me in Munich, Germany

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