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El Malecon de Ayer by artist Ada Colorina - puerto vallarta art galleries - photo thanks to galeria CorsicaPuerto Vallarta Art Galleries
A good number of fine art galleries in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico showcase many different kinds of indigenous art and crafts as well as many works by contemporary Mexican national and local artists, painters and sculptors, including expatriates. The Puerto Vallarta art gallery scene is quite active especially from November through April when the art galleries have occasional cocktail party inaugurations for individual and collective artist exhibitions. There are now some 25-30 galleries and art stores in town. There is also a large amount of quality public artwork to be seen, especially on the downtown malecon with its many sculptures and statues. Listed here are most of the best known Puerto Vallarta art galleries with a number of others thrown in for good measure, please call them for further details and their hours of business. Plenty of articles and up-to-date information on openings and artists, etc, can be found at Banderas News - Puerto Vallarta Art Talk. Also see below on the new Teatro Vallarta Theater and for info on the weekly Art Walk. These are among the main cultural attractions in town. Gay owned art stores and galleries that I know of are marked with **

Artesanias Flores - South Side/Zona Romantica - 282 Lazaro Cardenas.  Tel: 223-0773
Puerto Vallarta huichol art, handicrafts and jewelry at reasonable prices. A family-owned local PV business for over 25 years, with many small unique objects that make good presents. Workshops have been sometimes available for small groups to learn more about Huichol arts & crafts and culture.  Mon-Sat, 10:30am-9pm, Sun 11am-4pm

Artesanias Watakame - Central/Downtown - 327 Libertad.  Tel: 223-0773
A large selection of Huichol arts: yarn paintings, prayer bowls, masks and beaded sculptures of such revered animal figures as deer, iguanas, turtles and tigers. The owners of this Puerto Vallarta art store have extensive knowledge of arte Huichol indian art and culture. One of the best stores for indigenous native handicrafts or artesanias.  Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 10am-3pm.

Art Gallery Millan - El Centro - 652 Guadalupe Sanchez and Romantic Zone - 129 Amapas.  Tel: 044-322-137-3519  **
A variety of contemporary artwork in sculpture, painting and mixed texture. National and international artists such as Beatriz Aguirre, Benito Arciniegas, Dario Nunez, Lucia Polanco and Federico Rivera. Since 2003.  Mon-Sat, 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm.

Contempo Galeria - South Side/Old Town - 252 Basilio Badillo.  Tel: 223-1925  **
Newest art gallery in town, with very contemporary Puerto Vallarta artwork, paintings and bronze statues. Representing well-known and avant-garde Mexican artists such as Cecilia Garcia Amaro, Marilo Carral, Jesus Cantu, Abelardo Favela, Irma Griza, Meg Munro and Lucille Wong. Four new artists have recently joined the talented list at Contempo: Yoel Diaz Galvez (originally from Cuba), Alejandro Mondria, Luis Carlos, and Miguel Lopez Vazquez  An impressive and excellent collection on two levels. Contempo Gallery is located across Basilio Badillo from the Galleria Dante at the corner of Ignacio Vallarta street. Same owner and location as the old Adobe cafe. Friendly and knowledgeable service with owner Rodolfo Choperena Tiemann, who worked at the Dante gallery for 5 years.  Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm and 4pm-8pm; Sat 10am-2pm.

Dante Gallery - South Side - 269 Basilio Badillo.  Tel: 222-2477, 044-322-229-6648
The Galleria Dante specializes in original works by contemporary sculptors and recasts of well known bronze statues as well as quite a large collection of paintings. More than 55 artists from throughout Mexico including Hector Buiges, Guillermo Brockmann, Oscar Capache, Gabriel Colunga, Rogelio Diaz, Guillermo Gomez, Jonás Gutiérrez, Juana Cortez Salazar, Rocio Sanchez and gay artists Jean-Gabriel Lambert and Alvaro Zardoni. An eclectic and interesting collection by Claire and Joe Guarniere, two of the more respected members of the local art community. Since 1995. Includes a painting and sculpture garden and fountains. In my estimation among the most vibrant and best of all Puerto Vallarta art galleries. Dante gallery opening night showings during the winter months, 6pm-10pm. Closed off-season summer months May-Sept, by appointment only. Vonage: 269-282-6865.  Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm.

Galeria Corsica - Central - 230 Leona Vicario and 735 Guadalupe Sanchez.  Tel: 223-1821, 222-9260  **
Contemporary fine Mexican art exclusively, with one of the largest and more impressive collections of paintings, sculpture and art objects in town. Representing such artists as Yanira Bustamante, Rocio Caballero, Antonio Castro, Manuel Felguerez, Diego Luz, Jorge Marin, Xavier Esqueda and Ulices Licea. Founded by partners Jean Pierre Renucci and Jose A. Villavicencio in 2002 and "dedicated to the promotion of contemporary Mexican artists". Galeria Corsica galleries also in Mexico City and San Jose del Cabo.  Mon-Sat, 11am-3pm and 6pm-10pm.
 

huichol art and its maker - gallery Artesanias WatakameGaleria Indigena - Central - 628 Juarez.  Tel: 223-0800, 222-3007
PV art store with an extensive collection from various indigenous cultures of Mexico: dance and ceremonial masks, handcrafted Oaxacan black clay pottery by Zapotec indians, unique Day of the Dead items in ceramic and paper mache, sacred Huichol Indian bead and yarn work, hand blown glass, Nahua Indian lacquer art from Guerrero, religious arts and figures, majolica pottery from Tlaxcala and talavera ceramic pieces from Puebla with some 800 designs, Mata Ortiz pottery, as well as extraordinary bark paper etchings by internationally-known Nahua artist Nicolas de Jesus. Galeria Indigena is one of my personal favorites for gifts.  Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 11am-3pm.

Galeria de Ollas - Downtown/el Centro - 176 Corona.  Tel: 223-1045
Beautiful Mexican pottery from the village of Mata Ortiz in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico (see two photos at page bottom) made in the same manner as the inhabitants of the ancient city of Paquime 500 years ago. These beautiful polychrome ceramics with their meticulously crafted designs reflect much of the pre-Columbian culture’s mythology, with modern designs and style, and Galeria de Ollas (since 1998) has a great selection, some of the best in town.  Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm and 4pm-7pm; Sat 10am-2pm.

Galeria Omar Alonso - Central - 249 Leona Vicario.  Tel: 222-5587  **
This gay-owned Puerto Vallarta art gallery has mainly dedicated its space to antique and contemporary photography, engraving and sculpture. Photos and pieces have been displayed by artists such as Anderson & Low, Flor Garduño, Gabriel Figueroa, Michal Macku, Rodrigo Moya, and Luis Gonzalez Palma from Guatemala, one of the most successful Latin American photographers today. Galeria Omar Alonso is across the street from restaurant Cafe des Artistes.  Mon-Fri, 11am-9pm.

Galeria Pacifico - Downtown - 174 Aldama, 2nd floor.  Tel: 222-1982
One of the leading Puerto Vallarta art galleries since 1987. Mexican art with an emphasis on local painters such as Marco Alvarez, Hugo Barajas, Brewster Brockmann, Alfredo Langarica, David Leonardo, Laura Rubio, and sculptor Ramiz Barquet (1920-2010), whose splendid work "Nostalgia" is one of the main pieces on the malecon. Another of Barquet's statue,"El Pescador" (the fisherman), can be found in the little square on Insurgentes Street near the main municipal/flea market. Galeria Pacifico is recommended by Frommer's and Fodor's guides to Mexico as among the best in the country. Sculpture, paintings, graphics and posters. Respected owner Gary Thompson. See below for details about the walking art tour of the malecon sponsored by the Pacifico gallery.  Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm.

Galeria Uno - Central - 561 Morelos.  Tel: 222-0908
Now with over 40 years at the same downtown location, Galeria Uno is the oldest Puerto Vallarta art gallery. Showcasing art work by over 40 Mexican and international artists such as Manuel Adria, Alejandro Colunga, Francisco Curiel, Alberto Fregoso, Raymundo Gonzalez, Stefan Lokos, Manuel Martinez, Luz Elena Moreno and Jesus Lopez Vega to name just a few. An eclectic and fine collection of paintings, graphics and sculptures; Galeria Uno is one of the best and most interesting galleries in Puerto Vallarta. Since 1971.  Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm.

art in puerto vallarta at gay-owned Miralo gallery with Rodolfo RojasGaleria Vallarta - Central - 187 Guerrero.  Tel: 222-5125
Galeria Vallarta was established in Puerto Vallarta in 1989 and has presented fine art from talented Mexican and international artists such as Agustin Castillo, Ezequiel Esparza, Leticia Farias, Ruben Garcia, Victor Gutierrez, Steven King, Claudia Nery, Claudia Pereznales and Luis Valentin. The gallery offers art in many forms including sculptures in bronze, ceramic, wood and mixed media, collectible masks, lithographs, unique designer jewelry, serigraphs, prints on canvas, giclees, handcrafts, antiques and wall decor. Owner Barbara Peters.  Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm.

Miralo - el Centro/Downtown - 236-A Iturbide at Juarez street.  Tel: 221-6810  **
Artist Rodolfo Rojas Hernandez (picture left) showcases his mosaic art created with stained glass. Gay-owned by Rodolfo and Bud Shafer since 2007, Miralo, a gallery of Mexican arts and crafts, also has alba talavera, ceramics, decorative wood boxes, fused glass art, as well as other hand painted and unique one-of-a-kind gifts.  Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-3pm.

Olinala Gallery - South Side/Romantic Zone - 274 Lazaro Cardenas.  Tel: 222-4995, Cell: 044-322-121-3576
Opened in 1978, Olinala is the most established and oldest folk art-ethnographic gallery in PV. The masks in their collection are ritual objects that have been worn in ceremonial performances from various ethnic groups in Mexico, many from the southern states of Michoacan and Guerrero. They embody the magic, mysticism and religion of the cultures which produce them to define the fervor and vigor of their respective communities. Over the years Galeria Olinala has had high ratings in respected travel guide books such as Fodors and Frommers. Owned by well-known local sculptor Brewster Brockmann.  Mon-Fri, 10:30am-3:30pm.

Patti Gallardo Eclectic Art - South Side - 250 Basilio Badillo.  Tel: 222-5712  **
(Now closed) Art gallery with sculptures and paintings, and interior design. During her early years in the city, she was primarily known for her line of hand painted clothing, colorful pieces depicting whimsical women, animals and still life. Patti Gallardo has lived in Puerto Vallarta since 1980.  Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm and 5pm-10pm.

Santos Daniel one of the most collected Huichol artists - picture thanks to kevin at peyote peoplePeyote People - Centro - 222 Juarez.  Tel: 222-2302, 222-6268
Fine selections of Huichol yarn paintings and the bead art of these indigenous peoples of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Western Mexico. Peyote People is a fair trade co-operative gallery/museum based in Puerto Vallarta that provides most of the carvings to the artists, as well as new iridescent glass beads that are imported exclusively into Mexico for their craftsmen to use in their ethnic folk art and crafts. Visit Peyote People - Huichol Indian Folk Art for a look into the people, culture and the Huichol Indian ceremonial cycle. This page at Mexconnect Huichol people, culture, symbolism, art has very extensive info and links. Peyote People features such artists as Santos Bautista, Hilaria Chavez Carrillo, Luis Castro, Santos Daniel Carrillo Jimenez (see photo left), Mario Moreno, Neikame (Jose Carrillo Morales), Pedro Mendoza, and Luis Ruiz Ramirez. Friendly service with Kevin Simpson.  Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat and Sun, 10am-6pm.

Sergio Bustamante Gallery - Downtown - 275 Juarez.  Phone: 223-1405, 222-8321  **
Modern sculpture and original jewelry by one of Mexico's most famous living sculptors. Life-size animals done in bronze, ceramic and paper mache. Since 1975. Bustamante has several large public art sculptures on the Puerto Vallarta malecon. Also with art galleries located in Mexico City, Cancun, los Cabos and Guadalajara.  Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm.

The Loft Galeria - Central - 176-A Corona, upstairs.  Tel: 222-6353  **
Unique art works at the Loft Gallery by Carmen Alarcon, Javier Arevalo, Marianela de la Hoz, Rodolfo Morales, Norma Pardo, Fernando Sandoval, Francisco Toledo and many other fine artists. Painting, sculpture, photography and works on paper by emerging, mid-career and recognized masters of The Americas. Established by Ruben Cham and John Strawn.  Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 11am-3pm.

Briefly, here are quite a good number of the other art stores and Puerto Vallarta art galleries:

Ambos Galeria - South Side - 261 Basilio Badillo.  Tel: 222-3520
New art gallery on Vallarta's famed Restaurant Row next door to Galleria Dante. Ambos Galeria de Arte y Artefactos has plenty of room for contemporary painting, assemblage, collage and sculpture. An upstairs space is planned for the exhibition for traditional Latin American ceramics, masks, retablos, sculptures and textiles. Owners Laura and Jack Barrett. ambosgaleria.com  Tues-Fri, 11am-4pm; Sat, 11am-2pm

Art by Design Gallery - Plaza Las Juntas Design Center - 5415 Highway to Tepic, Local #20.  Tel: 290-3189, 290-3197
Latin American contemporary figurative art from such states as Veracruz, Nayarit, Oaxaca and Mexico City. Sculptures in bronze and resins as well. Deborah Acosta owner.  Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-4pm

Soul Skin - painting by puerto vallarta artist Marta GilbertArte Popular Mexicano Galeria - Central - 285 Libertad.  Tel 222-6960
Pre-Columbian art, unique ceramic pieces, Mexican folk art and paintings.  Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm

Caballito del Mar Galeria - Central - 162 Aldama.  Tel: 113-0363, 044-322-129-5209
Collection of Mexican crafts, antique and vintage jewelry, textiles and ceramics. Artisans include Hector Aguilar, Elena Felix, Enrique Ledesma, Hilario Alejos Madrigal and Margot de Taxco.  Tues-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-2pm

Colectika - el Centro/Downtown - 852 Guadalupe Sanchez at Allende.  Tel: 222-1007, 222-2302
New Mexican Ancestral Contemporary art gallery Colectika from Kevin Simpson and the folks at Peyote People for the newer generation of artists and their folk art including Jacobo Angeles and Maria del Carmen Mendoza (wood carving and natural paints from Oaxaca), Julia Fuentes, Mario Saulo Moreno, J. Juan Melchor and Demetrio Aguilar.  Weds-Mon, Noon-8pm

Cuale River Museum - Rio Cuale Island, West end.  Tel: 222-1007
On the Cuale River island is this small museum which traces the pre-Hispanic cultural history and art of this part of western Mexico from as far back as 5000 BC. The museum showcases some of the pottery and other objects found at the Ixtapa Archeological Zone along the Ameca River. Free. No pets, food or pictures.  Tues-Sat, 9am-2pm and 3pm-6pm

Galeria Alpacora - South Side/Old Town - 232 Ignacio Vallarta.  Tel: 222-4179
Art store with a wide selection of arts & crafts, baskets, Alpaca clothing, jewelry, altarpieces, gourds, sculptures, wall hangings, exquisite Mata Ortiz pottery, textiles and mirrors. Most items are meticulously handcrafted in small workshops or by individual artists.  Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm

Galeria Colibri - Central - 190 Aldama.  Tel: 222-1383, 223-1390
Hand chosen folk art from all over Mexico, Ken Edwards stoneware, ceramic tile and murals, catrinas, piñas, alebriges, Zapotec rugs, textiles, milagria, jewelry, original art & craft of Marianne Menditto, Maestro Juan Vasquez Corona and others, antiques and pieces from their personal collections. Specialists in architectural, tile design & installation.  Mon-Sat, Noon-7pm

Galeria Flores - North Side/Colonia Olimpica - 305 Ave. Francisco Villa and Coffee Cup - Marina Vallarta - Club de Tenis Puerta del Sol 14-A .  Tel: 223-4209, 221-2517
Featuring work by such Puerto Vallarta artists as Sara Garcia, Amador Montes, Octavio Ocampo, Cecilio Sanchez and Ian Sanchez. Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat, 10am-3pm

Galeria Internacional - Marina Vallarta - Locale #8, Marina Las Palmas 1.  Tel: 221-0267
International art, sculpture and decor for the Marina Vallarta folks. Unique items from all over Africa.  Mon-Sat, 10am-8:30pm; Sun 11am-5pm.

Galeria Mara Diaz - Los Muertos Beach - 102 Pulpito.  Tel: 222-7923, Cell: 044-322-159-0561
Paintings and murals, hand-painted lamps, furniture, unique pieces and accessories. Located next door to the legendary El Dorado restaurant. "A concept full of life, color, happy passion and above all, personality." Further info here.  Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm.

puerto vallarta huichol indian art - my private collectionGaleria Nativa - South Side - 268-B Francisco Madero.
Authentic native Indian art: hand painted gourds, ceremonial and contemporary masks, figures, Huichol indian art.

Galeria Rodo Padilla - South Side - 146 Basilio Badillo.  Phone: 113-0504
Sculptures in bronze, stoneware and high-temperature ceramic. Also with workshop and galleries in Tlaquepaque and Mexico City. Part of the new and pleasant Caffe del Mar just off Los Muertos beach and with street-side seating.  Mon-Sat, 8am-11pm

Galeria Whitlow - Centro - 233 Leona Vicario.  Tel: 222-8091, 044-322-126-8754
Operated by a semi-retired couple, so better to call for appointment beforehand.  Mon-Sat, 11am-2pm and 5pm-10pm.

Galerie des Artistes - Central - 248 Leona Vicario.  Tel: 113-0265, 223-0006
Decorative items, art and antiques. Diego Rivera, Rafael Coronel, Feliciano Bejar and Evelyn Boren among other modern artists. Located across the street from the famed Puerto Vallarta restaurant Cafe des Artistes.  Mon-Sat, 4pm-9pm

Historical Naval Museum - Downtown - 4 Zaragoza street.  Tel: 223-5357
Operated by the Government of Mexico since November 2006 this is one of only 4 such Navy museums in the country that presents the nation's maritime history. The Historical Naval Museum features cartography, navigation instruments and charts, images, and scale models. Free guided tours, audio-visual hall, gift shop and cafeteria upstairs. Located adjacent to the Los Arcos Amphitheater near the Puerto Vallarta downtown main plaza. No charge, free.  Tues-Fri, 9am-7:30pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-7:30pm

La Cuiza Galeria Concepto - Centro/Cuale River Island Local #4.  Tel: 224-4776
New show place for various artisans located on the Cuale River Island near the famed River Cafe restaurant.  Mon-Weds, 11am-7pm; Thus-Sat, 11am-1pm

Lacandonia Jewelry - South Side - 317 Basilio Badillo at Constitucion.  Tel: 113-0004, 044-322-229-6897
Many exclusively and exquisitely handmade pieces of jewelry by applying some of the same techniques used 1,300 years ago. Designs are often inspired by pre-Hispanic cultures such as Mayan, Aztec and Zapoteca. There are two friendly local artisans at the Lacandonia workshop. Some prehistoric jewelry designs, original arrows elaborated by lacandons, rustical toys and shamanic liquid.  Mon-Sat, 9am-9pm

Lucy's Cucu Cabana - South Side/Zona Romantica - 295 Basilio Badillo.  Telefono: 222-1220
Unique Mexican folk-art including items like hand-crafted Oaxacan pieces, wool rugs and also talavera ceramics, which they often purchase on their journeys around Mexico during the summer. Co-owner Gil Gevins, Lucy's husband, is the author of hilarious books of Vallarta mis-adventures entitled Puerto Vallarta on Forty-Nine Brain Cells a Day, and Refried Beans, which you can purchase at the shop.  Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm

Manuel Lepe - boat - thanks to the family of the artistManuel Lepe Museum - South Side - Jacarandas at Francisca Rodriguez.  Tel: 222-4255
The house where famed Puerto Vallarta painter Manuel Lepe, 1936-1984, lived (see photo of his art at left) now showcases some of his fine works, as well as photographs and reviews. Guided tours of Lepe's workshop now preserved as a Puerto Vallarta museum and gallery are offered by appointment. Also providing cultural workshops and painting for children. 100 pesos admission.  Mon-Fri, Noon-7pm

Marta Gilbert Galeria - Centro/Cuale River Island, Local #1.  Tel: 223-4776
New show place for the works by famed Marta Gilbert, located above well-known Oscar's restaurant on the Cuale Island. Mon-Sat, 9am-11pm

Mata Ortiz Art Gallery - PV Airport Duty-free Shop Locale 78-A.  Tel: 221-0467
Enchanting and splendid Mexican pottery from the village of Mata Ortiz at the Puerto Vallarta airport duty-free area.  Daily, 9am-7pm

Niuweme Gallery - Downtown - 190 Guerrero.  Tel: 222-3419
Specializes in huichol art, native indigenous huichol yarn and bead art, jewelry, yarn paintings, wood carved sculptures and ceramics. Owned and operated by a Huichol indian family.  Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm

Puerco Azul - South Side - 325 Constitucion at Basilio Badillo.  Tel: 222-8647
An eclectic, whimsical and colorful selection of artwork, ceramics, folk-art, jewelry, textiles and home accessories, some of it created by owner Lee Chapman aka Lencho who has illustrated a number of children's books, a few co-written with his wife Nancy.  Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm

PV Santana - el Centro/Downtown - 186 Corona.  Tel: 222-2540, Cell: 044-322-172-7847
New Mexican fine art gallery with gorgeous Manuel Morales pottery-ceramics. Also with Manuel Alvarez, Eduardo Mejorada, copper work by Ignacio Punzo Angel, and color-filled paintings by Hector Ponce, among others. Located next door to the Galeria de Ollas and with friendly owner Claudia C. Santana Garcia.  Mon-Fri, 11am-2pm and 4pm-8pm; Sat 11am-2pm

Talavera Etc - South Side/Old Town - 266 Ignacio Vallarta.  Tel: 222-4100
For some 20 years, Puerto Vallarta Talavera etc has offered a wide selection of fine traditional quality Poblana Talavera pottery from workshops in Puebla, hand-painted murals and ceramic tiles, dinnerware sets and jewelry boxes. Talavera Etc handcraft collections includes dolls, angels, masks, Oaxaca woodcarvings, Day of the Dead and other unique folk-art pieces from around Mexico.  Mon-Sat, 10am-3pm and 5pm-10pm

The Genius of Paco Gallery & Museum - Romantic Zone - 512 Venustiano Carranza.  Tel: 222-8168
(Now closed summer 2013) New York and Puerto Vallarta based artist Frank "Paco" Rudin's gallery and museum with one main purpose being to document the distinctive Puerto Vallarta "Naif" style. The studio also has a recently acquired collection of photos by Hugo Brehme and Agustín Víctor Casasola who documented the 1910 Mexican revolution. Artists include Ramón Barragan, Ada Colorina, Edgar Martínez, Javier Niño and others. Has a sculpture garden for music and performances. Next to El Brujo restaurant.  Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm; Sat, 11am-2pm

Thierry Blouet Fine Art Collection - Downtown - 756 Guadalupe Sanchez.  Tel: 113-0265
Located in a house next door to Blouet's well-known Puerto Vallarta restaurant Cafe des Artistes, his collection presents a variety of sculptures, gicleés and paintings including a number of works by famed local artist Marta Gilbert.  Mon-Sat, 11am-2pm and 5pm-10pm

Travel Note: Unfortunately the Great Recession has not been kind to some of Vallarta's art galleries such as Ambos Galeria, Ana Romo, Arte 550, the Jalisco Institute of Handicrafts, 8 y mas, Galeria A.L. Arte Latinoamericano (which had been around since 1998), Galeria Corona, The Genius of Paco, and gay-owned galleries T. Fuller Fine Art, Galeria Sol y Luna, and Quadro, among others, have had to close their doors these past 2-3 years or so. A number of new ones including Colectika, Contempo Galleria, Galeria Rodo Padilla, Mara Diaz, and PV Santana have come along to add to the active, colorful and lively art-culture scene in Puerto Vallarta. The information noted in this Gay Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide was considered accurate when posted but changes can and do occur, so you may want to confirm details directly with the businesses in question before planning your time out and around town.

puerto vallarta handicrafts photo thanks to kevin vernon-harrisArt Studios/Individual Artists

Ada Colorina Studio & Art Gallery - Colonia Paso Ancho - 242 Felipe Angeles.  Telephone: 222-1994
Located on the outskirts of town in the Paso Ancho neighborhood up the Cuale River. Best to call beforehand to make sure she's in.  Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm

Angeline Kyba Studio - Gringo Gulch - 635 Cuauhtemoc street.  Tel: 222-4238
Puerto Vallarta painter Angeline Kyba has her studio-gallery open to visitors Oct 1-May 1 from Mon-Fri, Noon-5pm, and during the summer May-Sept by appointment only. Visit at angelinekyba.com

Javier Nino - South Side - 322 Lazaro Cardenas.  Tel: 222-0800
His workshop of dreams/fabrica de suenos has for many years been in the Romantic Zone.  Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm

Jose Marca Taller/Studio & Gallery - South Side - 326 Lazaro Cardenas.  Tel: 222-3748
Artist Jose Marca has lived in the city since 1971 and has a unique personal style.  Mon-Fri, 9am-2pm and 4pm-8pm; Sat, 10am-4pm

Meg Munro Studio - Colonia 5 de Diciembre - 1225 Ecuador.  Tel: 223-1142
You can call for your private viewing of Puerto Vallarta artist Meg Munro at her studio. Weds, 10am-7pm. A local resident for over 25 years, she has recently started exhibiting her watercolors at the Contempo Galleria.

Pat Henry -  La Cruz de Huanacaxtle - #6 Las Glorias.  Tel: 329-295-5289
Please call for an appointment.

Wade Sabat - Central/5 de Diciembre - 1565 Puerto Rico.  Tel: 223-0446
Open by appointment.

Special Notes - Puerto Vallarta Art and Puerto Vallarta Culture & Cultural Attractions

new theater and cabaret company in puerto vallarta mexicoAct II Entertainment / Stages
Theater, cabaret and piano bar. Vallarta's new theater company, with the mission of providing to "Puerto Vallarta residents and visitors the opportunity both to attend and to participate in quality theatrical and musical productions. We strive for community inclusion and excellence in all aspects of production, with the goal of developing local talent to the maximum extent possible, as well as presenting national and international performers." Another significant cultural asset by the local straight and gay community. Their annual programming includes: Main Stage musicals and plays, Red Room cabaret shows, and the Encore piano bar. The 2013-2014 season includes: A Chorus Line, Nov 14-Dec 21; The Voice of Vallarta reality show from Dec 1; Kim Kuzma from Nov 17; Chi Chi Rones from Nov 19; Steel Magnolias, Dec 27-Jan 18; Joanna, Confessions of a dairy Queen, from Nov 20; Dueling Drag Divas, starting Nov 23; The Donkey Show, Jan 10-Apr 5; The Kinsey Sicks, and many others. Act II located at 300 Insurgentes Street at Basilio Badillo on the South Side, 2nd floor above Wing's Army and the new La Vaca Argentina restaurant.  Box office daily, 11am-10pm

Art Walk Puerto Vallarta downtown 2014-2015
The ever-popular Old Town Art Walk this year has 10 participating Puerto Vallarta art galleries which host complimentary cocktail receptions and expositions on Wednesday nights from 6pm-10pm during the high season winter months starting this year October 29, 2014 until May 27, 2015. People will wander from gallery to gallery in search of art, conversation and the perfect glass of wine. This is undoubtedly a good way to meet some Puerto Vallarta artists, see plenty of superb paintings, ceramics and fine sculptures, have an interesting evening out, and perhaps even make a few new friends. The 9 galleries participating this year are: Colectika, Corsica Galeria de Arte I and II, de Ollas, Caballito del Mar. Pacifico Gallery, PV Santana, Whitlow, and The Loft Galeria. Look for a map around town, at your hotel or in participating galleries. Main info here for this important city cultural activity: Vallarta Art Walk map. The ArtWalk Association also recommends these three restaurants for your dining pleasure while out and about in the Historic Center: Cafe Des Artistes, Mama Rosa and The River Cafe.

Cuale Cultural Center
Located at the east end of the Cuale River Island, past Le Bistro restaurant and the statue of John Huston and among many big beautiful trees is the rather secluded Puerto Vallarta Cuale Cultural and Art Center, where popular daily artistic activities include sculpture, painting and music lessons, storytelling and modern dance workshops. Apparently there are also 3 city groups open to the general public: theater, choir and dance. Tel: 113-0107, 223-0095

Walking Art Tour of the Puerto Vallarta Malecon
Galeria Pacifico sponsors a Public Sculpture Walking Tour that starts at 9:30am every Tuesday at the Millennium sculpture near the Hotel Rosita at the north end of the PV Malecon. You might be able to meet some of the sculptors of the statues, such as Mathis Lidice and Jim Demetro, and hear them speak about their work along the mile-long malecon. Owner Gary Thompson acts as your guide and talks about the present local art scene, and Kevin Simpson of Peyote People also speaks on the significance of the Huichol Indian depictions on the new boardwalk promenade. The Walking Art Tour every Tuesday, 9:30am-11:30am, starting Nov 13 through April. Free, no reservation. For further info call Pacifico Gallery, Tel: 222-1982

Ports of Art/Foundacion Aire Fresco/Fresh Air Foundation - Puerto Vallarta
Located within the Puerto Vallarta International Airport in the departure terminal, Ports of Art was created to provide opportunities for artists to display their work in an open venue, to contribute towards the visual enhancement of public spaces and to raise funds for the Fundación Aire Fresco. Since 2008, the Fresh Air Foundation has helped hundreds of youngsters and young people in attending day and summer camps with programs in the arts, language, ecology and physical education. Ports of Art for further details.

Puerto Vallarta Artists Open Studios
As Alex Gomez reported in the PV Scene Puerto Vallarta Artists Open Studios, from Dec 2009 through March 2010 a dozen Puerto Vallarta artists were allowing guests to visit them in their studios so they can be observed working at their art. Artists include Fernando Sánchez, Ada Colorina, Rogelio Diaz, Angeline Kyba and Irere Topete. Open studios from 10am-10pm on: Dec 19-20, Jan 16-17, Feb 20-21 and Mar 20-21, 2010.

Puerto Vallarta Theater/Teatro Vallarta - 5 de Diciembre/Downtown - 184 Uruguay.  Tel: 222-4525, 222-4517, 222-4475
Theater Vallarta recently opened in March 2010. The auditorium of the Puerto Vallarta performing arts center has a seating capacity of around 960 people and has/will put on mainstream and avant-garde productions and presentations by Fandango, Vienna Strauss Orchestra, Get Back! Beatlemania, Presidance, Don Quixote by the Bolshoi Ballet, 3 Tenors, Bajo Cero, Jesus Christ Superstar, European Cabaret, Yuri, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, and a variety of other cultural activities. There's also Close Up Vallarta an International Festival of Video Creation, with categories of video art, performance, and experimental shorts. An offshoot of the Puerto Vallarta Theater will be a non-profit school which will promote art, dance, music and culture among children through its Fandango Foundation. Teatro Vallarta is located across from Ley supermarket, between Avenida Mexico and Peru street. Tickets are available at the box office: Mon and Tues, 11am-7pm and Weds to Sun, 11am-9pm. For further info visit Puerto Vallarta Theater/Teatro Vallarta for current and coming concerts, spectacles and dance.
 

xiutla folkloric dance at Lazaro Cadenas park in Vallarta
Xiutla Folkloric Dance & Ballet
Now in their 18th year. During the winter months the Xiutla Folk Dance troupe performs January through mid-April at Lazaro Cardenas Park on the South Side on Friday nights at 7:30pm (photo at right) and at the Los Arcos Amphitheater on the Puerto Vallarta malecon boardwalk Sunday evenings at 8pm. Further local info on the Xiutla Ballet can be found here at VallartaonLine's Xiutla Folkloric Ballet and also at the Puerto Vallarta Scene -Xiutla Folkloric Ballet where there is a nice video from YouTube of them performing the Bolero de Rabel at Los Arcos amphitheater during the Art Festival in May. Don't miss these exciting dancers. The folkloric dance group has traveled and toured throughout the Americas, from Brazil to the USA and Canada, as well as in Europe. Xiutla was the first name of Vallarta and means in Náhuatl "the Place where the Vegetation grows".

Puerto Vallarta Festival Gourmet - November 14-23, 2013
The annual Puerto Vallarta Festival Gourmet in November features the culinary talents of local chefs of PV and Nayarit state, as well as some guest chefs from internationally acclaimed restaurants and hotels. Highlights of the Festival include cooking classes, cheese seminars, tequila madness night and the Gourmet brunch at Café des Artistes. Participating restaurants include Coco Tropical, El Tomatillo, Kaiser Maximilian, La Palapa, Le Kliff, Porto Bello, the River Cafe, Trio and some 15 or so others, as well as PV hotels including CasaMagna Marriott, Fiesta Americana Hotel, Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center, Velas Vallarta Hotel, and Westin Resort & Spa, to name a few. Tel: 222-2247

photo by Gabriel Figueroa - thanks galeria Omar Alonso    puerto vallarta gay artwork at Pacifico gallery    opening scene at puerto vallarta art gallery Dante
G. Figueroa photo at gay-owned Omar Alonso gallery; artist David Leonardo painting Galeria Pacifico; Dante gallery art scene

mata ortiz artwork by artist Damien Quezada    puerto vallarta art walk at Galeria Alpacora    galeria de ollas artwork - by Jesus Martinez
Mata Ortiz pottery pieces from Galeria de Ollas; Galeria Alpacora art store during Vallarta art walk, middle photo

puerto vallarta art show    puerto vallarta mexico art galleries - galeria indigena dance and ceremonial masks    corona gallery and art work
 Galeria Dante, Puerto Vallarta artwork opening; traditional masks in Galeria Indigena; Art walk Corona gallery

art galeria Uno in puerto vallarta mexico    Huichol yarn painting by Jose Benito Sanchez - thanks to arte magico    paintings at puerto vallarta art gallery Galeria Uno
 Puerto Vallarta Galeria Uno; Huichol yarn painting artesanias by Jose Benito Sanchez; paintings at gallery Uno

amigos        trio
New Puerto Vallarta Mexico art gallery, Galeria Contempo, gay-owned;
Amigos (l.) and Trio (r.), by Mexican artist Abelardo Favela

the Xiutla Folkloric Ballet at Los Arcos amphitheater
Xiutla folkloric ballet performing at Los Arcos downtown
(picture thanks to the Vallarta Online Staff)
 

Gay Puerto Vallarta Art, Culture & Craft Pictures
Vallarta Art & Culture photos II
 

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