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Puerto 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 **
Art VallARTa Studio and
Classes - South Side/Zona Romantica - 213 Pilitas. Tel: 222-6473 ext
Artesanias Watakame - Central/Downtown - 327 Libertad.
Contempo Galeria - South Side/Old Town - 252 Basilio Badillo.
Tel: 223-1925 **
Dante Gallery - South Side - 269 Basilio Badillo. Tel:
222-2477, Cell: 044-322-229-6648
Demetro Galeria - South Side - 169 Lazaro Cardenas.
Tel: 971-201-6998 and 907-344-3344
Offering a multifunctional, working fine arts gallery which owners Jim Demetro and his daughter Christina use for their creative studio, sculpting classes, and displaying the artwork some thirty artists. Located just off the Cardenas Park in Old Town, the Demetro Galeria hosts the works of many talented artists, painters and sculptors including Jose Baldi, Marcia Blondin, Alicia Bueno, Juan Ezcurdia, Francisco Marugan, Ann Rowley and Roberto Vazquez. Jim himself is famed for his many art bronze sculptures around the city including Andale Bernardo, the lovely Vallarta Dancers on the Malecon extension, and The Washer Woman in front of the Molino de Agua just before the pedestrian bridge over the Cuale River into downtown. Mon-Fri, 11am-8pm; Sat, 10am-2pm.
Galeria Browne - Downtown/el Centro - 230-C Leona
Vicario. Cell: 044-322-318-1436 **
Newest gallery in town located in the heart of the art district of downtown. Owners David E. Brown and Santiago Redmond have a mission to connect a variety of talented artists to a wider audience both locally and abroad. Contemporary artists now displaying their works include Adria, Mario Avila, Indira Castellon , Alejandro Cerecero, painter Omar Garcia de Alba, Gabriela Girbau, Josue Jimenez, Ismael Martinez, ceramicist Nora Medina, and Petru Voichescu. The Galeria Browne staff also offers interior design and art curation services, bringing together over 15 years of experience in design and residential art curations. An interesting collection of art. Mon-Fri, 11am-8pm; Sat, 10am-2pm.
Galeria Corsica - Central - 756 Guadalupe Sanchez at Leona
Vicario and South Side - 412 Constitucion street. Tel: 223-1821,
178-1132, 128-1467, 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 Ada Colorina, Manuel Felguerez, Ana Fuentes, Rosario Guillermo, Ulices Licea, Diego Luz, Jorge Marin and Fabio Shiro among many others. 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 Punta de Mita and San Jose del Cabo. To see more info and pictures. Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm, except Weds open until 10pm.
Galeria 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. More info and many photos. Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 11am-3pm.
Galeria de Ollas - Downtown/el Centro - 176 Corona.
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 the 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.
One of the leading Puerto Vallarta art galleries since November 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.
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 works by over forty famous 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, posters, graphics and sculptures; Galeria Uno is recognized as one of the best and most interesting galleries in the city. Since 1971. Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm.
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.
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
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, with some contemporary art as well. The masks in their fine 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, 10am-5pm
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.
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 Vallarta Malecon boardwalk. 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. More info and photos. Mon-Sat, 11am-2pm and 5pm-9pm
The Loft Galeria - Central - 176-A Corona, upstairs.
Tel: 222-6353 **
Unique 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. Contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography and works on paper by emerging, mid-career and recognized masters of The Americas. Established by Ruben Cham and John C. Strawn. Independent art dealer and advisor John Strawn will assist individuals and corporations in developing and rounding out their collections. Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 11am-3pm.
Briefly, here are quite a good number of the other art stores and galleries in Puerto Vallarta:
Caballito del Mar Galeria - Central
- 424 Hidalgo. 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. Talk with friendly owner Gloria. Call for hours and details. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 11am-2:30pm, 3pm-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 see website Carrillo galleries
Colectika - el Centro/Downtown
- 858 Guadalupe Sanchez at Allende. Tel: 222-1007, 222-2302
The Mexican Ancestral Contemporary art Gallery Colectika, from Kevin Simpson and the kind people at Peyote People, is for the newer generation of artists and their folk art in a new space where they hope that you will look at some very old traditions in a whole new way. Colectika features alibrije wood carvings of Jacobo and Maria Angeles (from Oaxaca), carvings and paintings by Julia Fuentes, wool rugs by Jacobo Mendoza, painting and ceramics by Demetrio Aguilar, as well as the traditional and lovely high quality Huichol bead and yarn artwork. For more Colectika folk art info and photos go here. Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat, 10am-6pm
Cuale 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 108 - Romantic Zone - 270
Lazaro Cardenas. Tel: 322-167-6651, 044-322-121-1054
A new one on both popular L. Cardenas street and downtown on Corona, with paintings, prints, ceramics and some bronze. Though a small gallery, I like the work that it showcases, "art for you", and wish them well. With owners Jorge Joya and Hernan. Galeria 108 artists include Rigo Carrasco, Steve Fisher, Claudio Roncoli, Bernardo Soriano and Hernan Sossa. Mon--Fri, 11am-6pm except Weds,11am-10pm; Sat, 11am-3pm
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. Recommended. 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, jewelry, Shona stone sculptures, and decor with some unique items from all over Africa. Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun 12am-4pm
Galeria Nativa - South Side - 268-B
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 by Tlaquepaque's well-known artist, Rodo Padilla. Also with workshop and galleries in Mexico City and Tlaquepaque. Part of the 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. Featured artists at the Whitlow include Jaggu Prassad, Vasiliy Gribennikov, owner Michael Whitlow, and Alexander Popoff. 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 Vallarta downtown main plaza. No charge, free. Tues-Fri, 9am-7:30pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-7:30pm
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 Cucu Cabana shop. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm
Manuel Lepe Museum - South
Side - 485 Jacarandas at Francisca Rodriguez. Tel: 322-294-0530, 222-4255
The house where famed 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, 10am-7pm
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
Talavera Etc - South Side/Old Town
- 266 Ignacio Vallarta street. Tel: 222-4100
For some 25+ years, 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-10
Tierra Huichol - South Side - 246 Olas
Altas street and Downtown - 592 Paseo Diaz Ordaz. Tel:
A nice selection of Huichol artworks, yarn paintings, handcrafted wax-and-bead figurines and masks, and Catrina dolls at decent prices. The Tierra Huichol store downtown has a time-share component to the sales, while the Old Town shop does not, so be advised. You may also on occasion meet or watch some of the local artists working on these intricately detailed pieces, which is a treat. The people working in the Romantic Zone shop were helpful and knowledgeable when I have visited. Daily, 9am-10pm
Travel Note: Unfortunately the Great Recession has not been kind to some of Vallarta's art galleries such as Ambos, 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, Puerco Azul, PV Santana, and gay-owned galleries T. Fuller Fine Art, Galeria Sol y Luna, Miralo, and Quadro, among others, who have had to close their doors these past few years. A number of new ones including Colectika, Contempo Galleria, Demetro Gallery, Galeria Rodo Padilla, La Pulga, Sheol, and Tierra Huichol have come along to add to the active, colorful and lively art and culture scene in Puerto Vallarta. It should be noted that the information in this 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.
Art 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
Long-time resident and Puerto Vallarta painter Angeline Kyba may have her studio-gallery open to visitors by appointment only. Visit at angelinekyba.com
Cristi Fer Art Studio and Workshops -
Downtown - 776 Juarez - Tel: 322-153-1906
Since 1989 at the home of artists Cristiana Mar and Fernando Gonzalez. Recognized and collected painters with "an innovative approach and experimental attitude." To maintain a fresh touch to their work their topics expand from realistic, magic realism, expressionistic to abstract. Workshops and private classes focused on technique, composition or drawing. More info here.
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
Mara Diaz - Cell: 044-322-124-0780 or
Paintings and murals, hand-painted lamps, furniture, unique pieces and accessories. "A concept full of life, color, happy passion and above all, personality." Further info at her Facebook page or contact via Email at email@example.com
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 - Vallarta Art and Puerto Vallarta Culture & Cultural Attractions
Act II Entertainment/Stages - Romantic Zone - 300 Insurgentes street, upstairs.
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.
Art Walk Puerto Vallarta downtown 2019-2020
The ever-popular Old Town Art Walk this year (24th anniversary year in 2020) has 16 participating Puerto Vallarta art galleries and workshops which host complimentary cocktail receptions and expositions on Weds nights from 6pm-10pm during the high season winter months starting this year October 30, 2019 until May 27, 2020. 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 galleries participating this year are: Caballito de Mar, Colectika, Cristi Fer Art Studio and Workshops, de Ollas, Diseno Natural, Galeria Browne, Galeria Corsica I and II, LOD, Mann Made Mexico, Only One, Pacifico Gallery, Posters Internaitonal, Sergio Bustamante Gallery, The Loft Galeria, and Uno Gallery. 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 the splendid Cafe des Artistes restaurant for your dining pleasure while out and about in the Historic Center.
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
Incanto Cabaret and Piano Bar - Old Town - 109
Insurgentes street. Tel: 223-9756
Incanto cabaret, piano bar and cafe, owned by long-time local Tracy Parks (who used to run the entertainment at cabaret bar The Palm) is the newest entertainment hot spot in town, featuring music, theater, comedy and literary events. Opened in early 2017, entertainers so far have included group Azucar, Alberto Cuevas, David Hernandez, Chris Kenny, Moelle Jazz Quartet, The Joanie Show with Joan Houston and musical director Bob Bruneau, and bingo with Pearl. Incanto Vallarta takes its name from the charming and elegant setting along the Cuale River that divides downtown from Old Town. Breakfast/brunch, 9am-2pm; Happy hour with available small bites, 2pm-6pm; Evening dinner, Tues-Sun, starts 4pm. For more info & pics. Daily, 9am-11:30pm
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
Puerto Vallarta Artists Open Studios
As Alex Gomez reported in the PV Scene Puerto Vallarta Artists Open Studios, from January through March a dozen local artists were allowing guests to visit them in their studios so they can be observed working at their art. Artists included Ada Colorina, Rogelio Diaz, Angeline Kyba, Fernando Sánchez and Irere Topete. Open studios were from 10am-10pm on January 23-24, February 20-21 and March 20-21.
Xiutla Folkloric Dance & Ballet
Now in their 20th 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 just above & to the 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 Visit Vallarta's Xiutla Folkloric Dance & Ballet Troupe 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".
G. Figueroa photo at gay-owned Omar Alonso gallery; artist David Leonardo painting Galeria Pacifico; Dante gallery art scene
Mata Ortiz pottery pieces from Galeria de Ollas; Galeria Alpacora art store during Vallarta art walk (middle photo)
Galeria Dante artwork opening; traditional masks in Galeria Indigena; Art walk the Corona gallery
Vallarta Galeria Uno; Huichol yarn painting artesanias by Jose Benito Sanchez; contemporary paintings at gallery Uno
The excellent Puerto Vallarta, Mexico art gallery, Galeria Contempo, gay-owned;
Amigos (left) and Trio (right), by Mexican artist Abelardo Favela
Xiutla folkloric ballet performing at Los Arcos/The Arches downtown
(picture thanks to the Vallarta Online staff)
Local artist Mara Diaz, Dec 27, 2019
For further info & photos here at her Facebook page
The splendid street-side facade art work from the Colectika Mexican folk art gallery
Many thanks to Kevin and Peyote People for this art work and the photo
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