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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 city's 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 read more about 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
Artesanias Watakame -
Central/Downtown - 327 Libertad. Tel: 223-0773
- South Side/Old Town - 252 Basilio Badillo. Tel: 223-1925
- South Side - 269 Basilio Badillo. Tel: 222-2477, 044-322-229-6648
- Central - 756 Guadalupe Sanchez at Leona Vicario. Tel: 223-1821,
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. The Indigena gallery 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.
- 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.
Vallarta - Centro - 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.
Galerie des Artistes - Central - 248 Leona Vicario.
Tel: 223-0006, 113-0265
Decorative items, art and Mexican antiques. A nicely displayed collection of paintings and sculptures represented by Diego Rivera, Rafael Coronel, Feliciano Bejar and Evelyn Boren, among other traditional and modern artists, including famed local painter Marta Gilbert. Located across the street from the highly-acclaimed Vallarta restaurant Café des Artistes. Mon-Sat, 11am-11pm.
Miralo - el Centro/Downtown - 236-A Iturbide
at Juarez street. Tel: 221-6810 **
Now closed. Artist Rodolfo Rojas Hernandez (picture above 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.
Muy Guapo Vallarta - Old Town - 310 Venustiano
Carranza. Cell: 044-322-170-9687 **
Showcasing the color and sophistication of old and new art from Mexico and Latin America. Mid-century and contemporary fine art, vintage textiles of varied sizes and periods, antique Mexican folk handcrafts, decorative pillows, leather goods, vintage and contemporary pottery and wood crafts, 19th century devotional art as well as beautifully framed prints and maps. Gay-owned by Enrique Zepeda and Richard Parkman, who moved to town in 2011 to open Muy Guapo so that he could combine his passion for Latin American art with a keen decorative eye. Closed from June to October. Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm
- South Side/Romantic Zone - 274 Lazaro Cardenas. Tel: 222-4995,
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.
People - Centro - 222 Juarez and South Side - 259
Basilio Badillo. 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 good read 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.
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
Sheol Art Gallery - el Centro - 726 Morelos. Tel:
114-1069, Cell: 044-322-229-8560
Located one block up from the Malecon boardwalk in a hacienda-style house with outside gardens, Sheol is one of larger galleries in town with approximately 750 pieces exhibited. A significant assortment of artwork from Mexican artists, many of whom have international reputations such as Sergio Bustamante, Raul Fombona, Hector Massiel, Rodo Padilla, Carlos Vega, Yuri Zatarain, and Ana Lilia Zepeda among others. Private collections from Mexican art collectors such as Jose Eduardo Gomez, Pedro Delgado and Lupita Covarrubias are also on display. Paintings, sculptures, objects and exclusive jewelry. Friendly service with owner Jose Eduardo Gomez, who is happy to give advice and info on any of the pieces. Mon-Sat, 11am-2pm and 5pm-9pm
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 galleries in Puerto Vallarta:
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. The upstairs space is for the exhibition of traditional Latin American masks, ceramics, retablos, sculptures and textiles. Since Nov 2011 with owners Laura and Jack Barrett. Tues-Fri, 11am-4pm
Studio and Classes - South Side/Zona Romantica - 213 Pilitas. Tel: 222-6473 ext
A relatively new collaborative space featuring the works of the their local studio artists and from around Mexico, as well as a variety of art classes and workshops including fused glass, ceramics, painting, pottery, watercolor and live model drawing. Offering plein air painting on playa Los Muertos beach each Tuesday morning from 9am-12pm, December to April with instructor Adrian Rojas. Also has an art supplies store with ceramic and glass kilns, pottery wheels, canvases, paints, natural and synthetic brushes, glazes and easels. More information at artvallarta.com Mon-Thurs, 10am-2pm
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. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 10am-2pm, 4pm-6pm; Weds, 4pm-10pm; Sat, 10am-3pm
Kathleen Carrillo Galleries - Old Town
- 325 Constitucion. Tel: 222-6719, Cell: 044-322-141-8867
Originally from California, Kathleen Carrillo resides in the jungles just outside of town where she runs an art retreat center and studio with her husband, writer Andrew Marcus. Carrillo has a masters degree in fine art specializing in painting and printmaking from the University of Oklahoma, has been painting for over 30 years, and has some national and international acclaim. Showcasing paintings, giclee prints and painted sculptures. "Celebrating the colorful magic of life." Further info at kathleencarrillogalleries.com
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
River Museum - Rio Cuale Island, West end. Tel: 222-1007
On the Cuale River island this small museum 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-7pm
Galeria Colibri - Central - 190
Aldama. Tel: 222-1383, 223-1390, 044-322-111-6359
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, 11am-6pm
Galeria Internacional - Marina
Vallarta - Locale #7, Marina Las Palmas 1. Tel: 221-0267
International art, sculpture and decor with some unique items from all over Africa. Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun 11am-4pm.
Galeria Mara Diaz - Los Muertos
Beach - 102 Pulpito. 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.
Galeria Rodo Padilla - South Side
- 146 Basilio Badillo. Phone: 113-0504
Sculptures in bronze, stoneware and high-temperature ceramic by Tlaquepaque's well-known artist, Rodo Padilla. Also with workshop and galleries in Mexico City and Tlaquepaque. Part of the new and pleasant Caffe del Mar just off Los Muertos beach and with sidewalk 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
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
La Pulga Art Gallery - Downtown
- 230 Leona Vicario. Tel: 222-2996
Recently opened in autumn 2013, the owners have 20+ years experience in fine art and private collections. Exhibiting works by Lee Chapman, Eduardo Exposito, Miguel Labrada, Ceciclia Rivera, Humberto Salgueiros, Ismael Evora Torres and famed gay-painter Abelardo Favela from Mexico City. Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm
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
Lepe Museum - South Side - Jacarandas at Francisca Rodriguez. Tel:
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, Cel: 044-322-278-4041
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
Puerco Azul - South Side - 325
Constitucion at Basilio Badillo. Tel: 222-8647
(Now closed) 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-5pm; 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/La
Cuiza Art Gallery - Local #4 Cuale River Island. Tel: 222-8168
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
Travel Note: Unfortunately the Great Recession has not been kind to some of Vallarta's art galleries such as Ana Romo, Arte 550, the Jalisco Institute of Handicrafts, 8 y mas, Galeria A.L. Arte Latinoamericano (which had been around since 1998), Artesanias Flores, Galeria Corona, Mara Diaz, Miralo, and gay-owned galleries T. Fuller Fine Art, Galeria Sol y Luna, and Quadro, among others, have had to close their doors these past few years. A number of new ones including Colectika, Contempo Galleria, Galeria Rodo Padilla, La Pulga, 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 Puerto Vallarta Gay 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.
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, Cell: 044-322-131-4895
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.
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 2014-2015 season includes: Luna Rumba world class fusion, Jan-Mar; Broadway Baby starring Miss Conception, Monday at 7:30pm; Kim Kuzma every Sunday at 7:30pm and every Weds at 9:30pm; Dame Edna, Dec 27-Feb 14; the extraordinary play Equus by Peter Shaffer, Weds-Sat at 8pm; Forever Plaid the heavenly musical, Feb 26-March 14; The Voice of Vallarta, presenting some of the town's best vocal talent, every Sunday at 8pm, Dec 7-Apr 12; Forever Elvis with Rob Knight; Divas, a one woman show with Bonnie Kilroe, Feb 27-Mar 10; and also Banderas Bay Jazz all stars, Jason Brock, the Golden Girls live, Lorna Luft, Joelle Rabu, The Kinsey Sicks and many others. Act II is located at 300 Insurgentes Street at Basilio Badillo on the South Side, 2nd floor and above Wing's Army restaurant. Check the Act II facebook for plenty of info. Box office daily, 11am-10pm. Tel: 222-1512
Puerto Vallarta downtown 2015-2016
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 28, 2015 until May 25, 2016. 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 local 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 10 galleries participating this year are: Colectika, Corsica Galeria de Arte I and II, de Ollas, Caballito del Mar. La Pulga, Pacifico Gallery, PV Santana, Sheol, 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 two restaurants for your dining pleasure while out and about in the Historic Center: Cafe Des Artistes 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
South Side Shuffle
Started in 2010, the South Side Shuffle along Basilio Badillo and Constitucion streets is something of a street party every Friday night at 6pm-10pm during the winter season, from the end of November until the beginning of April. Local merchants are out in force displaying their jewelry, clothing and fashion items, art work, food and live music. The area is bustling as people roam the streets and businesses hawk their wares. Participating restaurants and stores include such local notables as Ambos Galeria, Banderas Bay Trading Co., Kathleen Carrillo Galleries, Lucy's Cucu Cabana, Cassandra Shaw Jewelry, Tonalli Tienda, Peyote People, Di Vino Dante and Galleria Dante. Fridays, 6pm-10pm
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 January through March 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 Ada Colorina, Rogelio Diaz, Angeline Kyba Fernando Sánchez and Irere Topete. Open studios from 10am-10pm on January 23-24, February 20-21 and March 20-21.
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.
Puerto Vallarta Festival Gourmet - November
The annual 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
Xiutla folkloric ballet performing at Los Arcos downtown
(picture thanks to the Vallarta Online Staff)
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