The Coral Gables Museum will host a cocktail reception and a live and silent auction of Richard Lionel Merrick’s artwork on May 30.
Merrick was the youngest brother of Coral Gables founder and developer George Merrick. It was the spirit of the city and the outdoors that inspired him to start drawing at a young age.
Though Merrick passed away in 1986, his art lives on in permanent collections across the nation at The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, and The University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum.
After his wife Mildred Merrick passed away in 2014, his pieces were donated to the Coral Gables Museum for an auction to benefit the museum.
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Not only is his work beautiful to look at, but it also represents and captures the history of Coral Gables, said Christine Rupp, director of the museum.
“He’s really captured the vibrancy of South Florida. [Owning his work] is an opportunity to own a beautiful piece of art, own a piece of history and benefit the museum,” Rupp said.
The museum will auction 42 different pieces in multiple mediums including oil, watercolor, pen and ink drawings, etchings and photographs. Merrick’s work reflects his passion for the outdoors, as most of his work focuses on the environment and on architecture.
The Merricks influenced the Coral Gables community in both life and death. Mr. Merrick taught art at the University of Miami; Mrs. Merrick was a librarian at the University of Miami.
Now, Merrick’s art will benefit the community that inspired it in the first place.
If you go
What: Live and silent auction of Richard Merrick’s art.
Where: Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave.
When: Reception at 6 p.m., auction at 7 p.m. May 30.
Information: Visit www.coralgablesmuseum.org or call 305-603-8067.