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Puerto Vallarta Art Talk

Galleria Dante, the largest & most eclectic art gallery in Puerto Vallarta, features works by more than 50 artists. Click Here for more info.
Puerto Vallarta is home to a vibrant art scene, perhaps the most lively in all of Mexico. Often referred to as "Mexico's Art Mecca," Vallarta boasts more art galleries than any other coastal destination in Mexico.

Each gallery specializes in a different genre, showcasing everything from paintings and sculpture to indigenous art, collectible folk art and fine pottery created by both internationally famous and up-and-coming Mexican artists.

During the tourist season, which runs from mid-October through May, frequent Art Walks are scheduled in Old Town and Marina Vallarta that feature some of Vallarta's many fine galleries and their leading artists.

Not to mention Puerto Vallarta's picturesque boardwalk, the Malecón, which has become a promenade of monumental sculptures by world-renowned artists such as Ramiz Barquet, Alejandro Colunga, and Sergio Bustamonte.

This overall focus has contributed both to Puerto Vallarta's reputation as a world class art center, as well as being considered a "work of art" in it's own right.

Click HERE to learn more about some of the many art galleries in Puerto Vallarta.


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Discover The Miracle of 'Milagros' in Puerto Vallarta
Sandra Cesca

I was walking by this shop in downtown Puerto Vallarta when I was attracted to the hundreds of wooden shapes hanging on the walls. Turns out they were 'milagros,' which means 'miracles' in Spanish, and they have been used for over 4000 years as a way to express gratitude.

Villa Premiere Art Gallery Supports PV Orchestra School
BanderasNews.com

A weekly event whose main objective is to support and promote the culture of Puerto Vallarta, 'Art Gallery by Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel' is an initiative that showcases the work of local artists, while supporting the Orchestra School of Puerto Vallarta.

Discovering Indigenous Art in Puerto Vallarta
Sandra Cesca

Mexico has long been known for its talented artists and craftsmen. Some techniques date back hundreds of years. Many shops and galleries in Puerto Vallarta carry these beautiful, handmade pieces, some examples of which can be seen on some of my walking tours.

Season's Last South Side Shuffle Expo at Galleria Dante
Claire Guarniere

Friday, April 5 will be the last Puerto Vallarta South Side Shuffle of the 2018-2019 season. To thank you all for another great season, Galleria Dante will present 'Rostros,' a collection of works by a group of talented portrait painters, at a cocktail reception from 6-10 pm.

This Week's South Side Shuffle Expo at Galleria Dante
Gena Guarniere

Exhibitions by artists Nora Maciel and MO open at Galleria Dante on Friday, March 22, as part of this week's South Side Shuffle. Stop by Puerto Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6:00-10:00 pm.

Montreal Artists Exhibit Opens March 8 at Galleria Dante
Claire Guarniere

Exhibitions by Montreal artists Yvan Genest and Jean-Gabriel Lambert open at Galleria Dante on Friday, March 8, as part of the South Side Shuffle. Stop by Puerto Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6:00-10:00 pm.

'Artists for Orphans' Fundraiser at The River Café
Bill Makley

Artists from across the Banderas Bay region are coming together to support Puerto Vallarta's Corazón de Niña children's home in an 'Artists for Orphans' fundraiser to be held on Saturday, March 9th from 1-4 pm, at The River Café on La Isla Rio Cuale in El Centro.

'Promised Lands' Exhibition at OPC Puerto Vallarta
Pilar Perez

An opening reception for 'Promised Lands,' an exhibition about the global refugee crisis, will be held on Saturday, February 23 from 7-9 pm at the Oficina de Proyectos Culturales in Puerto Vallarta. The expo, which includes a video installation, continues through May 4.

Two Artist Exhibit Opens at Galleria Dante This Friday
Gena Guarniere

Exhibitions by artists Miguel Angel Martin del Campo and Juan Carlos Navarro open at Galleria Dante on Friday, January 22, as part of this week's South Side Shuffle. Stop by Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.

Jim Demetro Now Offering Beginner's Sculpting Classes
James R. Callan

Beginning Feb 18, internationally famous sculptor Jim Demetro will resume his beginner's classes in figurative sculpturing at his Puerto Vallarta gallery. Classes are kept small, allowing Demetro to guide you through the art of sculpturing, with a lot of personal attention.

Marc Galipeau Exhibit Opens Feb. 8 at Galleria Dante
Claire Guarniere

On Friday, February 8 from 6:00-10:00 pm, a cocktail reception will open an art exhibition by Canadian artist Marc Galipeau at Galleria Dante in Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone. Be sure to stop by and meet the artist while you're out doing this week's South Side Shuffle.

Art Exhibition by Angeline Kyba Opens February 7
BanderasNews.com

Don't miss the opening reception of Angeline Kyba's newest art works on Thursday, February 7, from 6-9 pm. Everyone is invited to come to the artist's home studio in downtown Puerto Vallarta to celebrate the opening of the exhibition, which features 40 + oil paintings.

This Week's South Side Shuffle Expo at Galleria Dante
Gena Guarniere

On Friday, January 25 from 6-10 pm, a cocktail reception will open an exhibition by artists Tom & Donna Dickson at Galleria Dante, Basilio Badillo #269, in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone. Be sure to stop by and meet the artists while you're out doing this week's South Side Shuffle.

There are Jaguars on the Puerto Vallarta Malecón!
María Francesca

Vallarta Botanical Garden has installed 'JAGUARS - From Ancestral Myth to Current Conservation Imperative,' a visual exhibit of stunning images and interpretive texts on the Malecón. The exhibit was inaugurated January 10 and will remain on display through February 10, 2019.

Two Artist Exhibit Opens Friday at Galleria Dante
Claire Guarniere

Exhibitions by artists Israel Zzepda and Manuel Adria open at Galleria Dante on Friday, January 11, as part of this week's South Side Shuffle. Stop by Puerto Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6:00-10:00 pm.

Los Mangos Library 19th Annual Art Auction, January 24
Lorena Sonrisas

Get ready folks! It's time for the yearly 'Subasta de Arte' at Puerto Vallarta's Public Library, Biblioteca Los Mangos. Set to take place on January 24 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, this will be the 19th annual art auction & sale - and the library's biggest fund raising event of the year.

Beta Sigma Phi Nuevo Vallarta Hosts Education Fundraiser
Bobbie Brown Rowles

On January 26, Beta Sigma Phi, an international service sorority made up of women from Bucerias and La Cruz, is hosting their 2nd Art, Music & Buffet on the Nuevo Vallarta Malecón to raise funds to help with the educational needs of primary school children in Jarretaderas.

Mexico to Erect World's Tallest Statue of Jesus Christ
aleteia.org

What will be the world's tallest statue of Jesus Christ is set to start construction in Tamaulipas, Mexico early this year. The project will dwarf the current record holder - the Cristo de la Concordia, in Bolivia, which stands just over 40 meters tall - by nearly twice its height.

Efren Gonzalez Exhibit Opens Dec. 28 at Galleria Dante
Gena Guarniere

On Friday, December 28 from 6-10 pm, a cocktail reception will open an art exhibition by Mexican artist Efren Gonzalez at Galleria Dante, Basilio Badillo #269, in Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone. Be sure to stop by and meet him while you're out doing this week's South Side Shuffle.

Galleria Dante Owners Celebrate 30 Years in Vallarta
Banderas News Team

While you are out doing this week's South Side Shuffle, be sure to stop by Galleria Dante where a cocktail reception will open a special three artist exhibition in celebration of Claire and Joe Guarniere's 30th year of doing business in Puerto Vallarta.

TWO Artists to Exhibit at Galleria Dante this Friday
BanderasNews.com

Last week, we reported that Emilio Rama would open at Galleria Dante on Friday, December 14. What we didn't tell you is that he'll be joined by artist Nicolas 'Nick' Gomez. Be sure to stop by and meet both artists, view their works, and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.

PV Cultural Department to Pay Tribute to Jim Demetro
Marie Callan

The Puerto Vallarta Cultural Department will pay tribute to Jim Demetro, the creator of many of the city's most iconic public sculptures, on Friday, December 14 at 6:30 pm in Lazaro Cardenas Park. Afterwards, the Xiutla Folkloric dancers will perform at 7:30 pm.

Emilio Rama Art Exhibit Opens Dec. 14 at Galleria Dante
Claire Guarniere

On Friday, December 14 from 6-10 pm, a cocktail reception will open an art exhibition by Emilio Rama at Galleria Dante, Basilio Badillo #269, in Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone. Be sure to stop by and meet him while you're out doing next week's South Side Shuffle.

Two Artist Exhibit Opens at Galleria Dante this Friday
Gena Guarniere

Exhibits by artists Jean Jaques Hudon and Gerald Gallant open at Galleria Dante on Friday, November 30, as part of this week's South Side Shuffle. Stop by Puerto Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.

Free Malecón Sculpture Tours Every Tuesday & Thursday
Banderas News Team

The free Tuesday morning and Thursday evening Puerto Vallarta Malecon Sculpture Tours, created and conducted by Galeria Pacifico owner Gary Thompson, have returned for the 13th season. The morning tours are held every Tuesday at 9:30 am and the evening tours on Thursdays at 6:00 pm.


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