Jan Mercker

Jan Mercker

Jan Mercker is a freelance journalist, wine lover and arts enthusiast. A former public relations pro and lifelong Francophile, she helped French Champagne houses navigate the U.S. media landscape leading up to Y2K and ran the wine and spirits department at the French Embassy Trade Office in New York before moving into a writing career. She’s an underachieving but enthusiastic tennis player and parent of teens.

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modern design
A Family of 7 Brings a Depression-Era Mansion into the 21st Century

The Vincent family is giving a 1939 mansion some modern design love Matt and Sara…

Deaf and Illiterate, James Castle Found His Voice in Art

Artist James Castle’s use of spit, soot and other found things inspires a modern artist…

Western art
Aaron Hazel’s Western Art Spotlights Black Cowboys and ‘Bad Ass Women’

Western art that provides a stage for the underrepresented Aaron Hazel made his name painting…

James Beard
A Celebrated Chef Serves Love and Lox in Fargo

Fargo’s Andrea Baumgardner, a James Beard Semifinalist, and the Magic of BernBaum’s Think of Andrea…

Drekker Brewing
A Neo-Pop Artist Brings Out the Alt-Rock Side of Drekker Brewing

Drekker Brewing: Where the labels are inspired by gig posters, record sleeves and skateboard decks…

Public art
In Jacksonville, Rediscovering a City’s Heart Through Public Art

A public art movement is telling the forgotten stories of Jacksonville’s Black History Jessica Santiago…

Maggie Miles
Singer-Songwriter Maggie Miles’ Journey from DC Suburbs to Nashville

At 21, Maggie Miles is breaking the music industry mold Not all poets go to…

film festival
Fantastic Films and No Regrets: Loudoun Arts Film Festival Comes Out Swinging

A film festival with vineyard drive-in and streaming options A hot documentary about Broadway superstar…

Downtown Indianapolis
Taking the Urban Park to New Lengths in Downtown Indianapolis

A bike and pedestrian trail has changed how locals and visitors experience downtown Indianapolis’s art…

Modern sculpture
Ohio’s Largest Cities Show Just What’s Possible with Public Art

Art in Our Midst tours of modern sculpture appeal to the child in all of…