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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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Season's First South Side Shuffle at Galleria Dante
Banderas News Team

An exhibition by Canadian artist Marc Galipeau opens at Galleria Dante on Friday, November 24, as part of the first Southside Shuffle of the 2017-2018 season. Stop by PV's largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artist and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.

'DeLIMITations' Opens at Vallarta's OPC on October 7
Pilar Perez

'DeLIMITations: Mapping the border of 1821 between Mexico and the United States,' a site-specific installation by artists Marcos Ramírez ERRE and David Taylor, will open on October 7 at Puerto Vallarta's Oficina de Proyectos Culturales. The expo continues through January 13, 2018.

2017-2018 Centro Historico ArtWalk Starts October 25
Lorena Sonrisas

Thirteen art galleries in downtown Puerto Vallarta are busy getting ready for the 2017-2018 season's first Centro Historico ArtWalk and cocktail reception, which will be held on October 25th. This year's art walk will run every Wednesday evening from 6-10 pm through May 30, 2018.

Curator's Tour of Vallarta 'Dichotomies of Landscape'
Oficina de Proyectos Culturales

The Puerto Vallarta Oficina de Proyectos Culturales invites everyone to join them on Wednesday, August 23 at 6:30 pm for the last walk-through of the 'You Are Here: Dichotomies of Landscape' exhibition with curator Oscar Moran Guillen. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

Contest to Design Mexico City's Official Emoji Underway
Fast Company

In Mexico City, the local government is seeking to expand its iconography with an official emoji sticker pack that will represent the city. On Friday, CDMX's Laboratorio para la Ciudad announced an open design competition that asks participants to capture the city in 20 digital symbols.

'México' Exhibition at Dallas Museum of Art a Hit

Buzz is a big deal in the world of art museums, and there's plenty of it for the 'México 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde,' exhibit that opened on March 12 and continues through July 16 at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Grupo Ecologista de Nayarit Sea Turtle Drawing Contest
Jorge Jiménez

Grupos Ecologistas de Nayarit have announced the 5th 'Save the Sea Turtles Drawing Contest,' which seeks to raise children's awareness about this endangered species and the need for its preservation. The contest is open to 1st-6th graders and the deadline for entries is June 16th.

Puerto Vallarta Artist Wins International Recognition
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust

Puerto Vallarta sculptor Francisco Javier Calvillo Valdez recently received international recognition by winning second place in the '1er Concurso Internacional de Escultura Monumental de Paja y Maíz' (1st International Straw and Maize Monumental Sculpture Competition) held in Colima.

'You Are Here: Dichotomies of Landscape' Exhibit at OPC
Pilar Perez

Every year in May, the Office for Cultural Projects organizes an exhibition dedicated to Puerto Vallarta to celebrate both the city's and the gallery's anniversary. This year's exhibit, 'You Are Here: Dichotomies of Landscape,' opens on May 27 will be on display through August 26.

Exhibit by Artist Bill Megrail Opens at Galleria Dante
Claire Guarniere

An exhibition by artist Bill Megrail opens at Galleria Dante on Friday, April 21st, as part of the last Southside Shuffle of the 2016-2017 season. Stop by the largest and most eclectic art gallery in Puerto Vallarta to meet the artist and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.

San Miguel de Allende Launches Food and Art Festival

An ambitious new Mexican food and art festival, that is expected to become an annual event, is being launched July 13-16, 2017 in San Miguel de Allende. According to event organizers, the 'Market of Arts & Gastronomy' will be the grandest and most dynamic food and art festival in Mexico.

Guillermo Gómez Celebrates 20 Years at Galleria Dante
Claire Guarniere

Galleria Dante has proudly represented Guadalajara artist Guillermo Gómez since 1997. Join in the celebration on March 24 at Puerto Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery, where you can meet the artist, view his works and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.

Jim Demetro Offering Beginners' Sculpting Classes
James R. Callan

Sculptors and would-be sculptors have a great opportunity in Puerto Vallarta. Beginning on March 13 internationally famous sculptor Jim Demetro will teach a beginner's class in the art of sculpturing. The class will last one week, with sessions running 10 am-2 pm Monday-Friday.

Help Yvan Genest Publish Coffee Table Book of His Art
Claire Guarniere

Since painting his first watercolors more than 30 years ago, Montreal artist Yvan Genest has lived, painted, and exhibited in many countries, while building his unique iconography. Now Yvan has conceived an art book covering 30 years of his paintings, and needs your help to publish.

Entreamigos' Ninth Annual Children's Art Festival
Nicole Swedlow

On Friday, March 3, Entreamigos will celebrate 11 years of providing educational opportunities for kids and families in San Pancho through creativity, consciousness in environmental actions, love and commitment to the community, through the 9th Festival de Arte Infantil and fair.

Fearless Frida Exhibition Opens Feb 18 at Art VallARTa
Bill Makley

In 2016, record crowds at Art VallARTa's 'Fearless Frida' art exhibition inspired an even bigger revival of the theme for this year's redux: 'Frida and All Fearless (Persistent) Women - and the Men Who Champion Them.' The exhibit will open on February 18 and remain on display through March 11.

Give a Gift of Mexican Hearts This Valentine's Day
Sandra Cesca

In Mexico, February 14 is known as 'Dia del Amor y Amistad' - a special day for loved ones, lovers, and friends. Since it is the day to focus on giving back to those who have given us so much, here are some ideas for Valentine's Day gifts that are made by Puerto Vallarta artisans.

Fissures in the Tropics Exhibition Opens at the OPC
Valeria Moeller

'Fissures in the Tropics: Artistic Practices of the 90s in the West,' a contemporary art exhibition curated by Rubén Méndez, will open on February 4 from 7-9 pm at the Office of Cultural Projects in downtown Puerto Vallarta. The exposition continues through May 6, 2017.

Artist Juan Carlos Navarro Opens at Galleria Dante
Claire Guarniere

An art exhibition by Juan Carlos Navarro opens at Galleria Dante on Friday, January 27, as part of this week's Southside Shuffle. Stop by Puerto Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery from 6-10 pm to meet the artist, view his works, and enjoy complimentary cocktails.

Expo Vallarta Internacional Tattoo Fest, Feb. 4 & 5
Ricardo Acerco

More than 200 national and international tattoo artists and around 4,000 spectators are expected to attend the 2017 Expo Vallarta Internacional Tattoo Fest at the Salon de Eventos Real del Oro on February 4-5. This family-friendly event will benefit two local non-profit organizations.

Tony Collantez Art Installation Opens at ART VallARTa
Bill Makley

Mexican artist Tony Collantez opens his visionary doors of perception to curious art lovers with a special celebration of his art, entitled 'IMAGINADOOR.' This site-specific art installation, presented by ART VallARTa, opens January 20 at one of Vallarta's historic homes.

Jim Demetro Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
James Callan

An event was held at Plaza Mar Condominiums on Jan. 12 to acknowledge the Lifetime Art Achievement Award presented to sculptor Jim Demetro by the State of Washington. A long-time resident of Vallarta, Demetro is the creator of many of the city's most iconic public sculptures.

The Colors of Vallarta Inspire Artist Angelo Sannasardo
Marie Callan

Most come for a relaxing visit or to enjoy their golden years in paradise. Not so much so artist Angelo Sannasardo, who discovered Puerto Vallarta in the early 90s when working at a Detroit area ad agency. Now retired, he has moved to PV and rekindled his first love... painting.

Ajijic Artist Efren Gonzalez Opens at Galleria Dante
Claire Guarniere

An art exhibition by Mexican artist Efren Gonzalez opens at Galleria Dante on Friday, December 16, as part of this week's Southside Shuffle. Stop by Puerto Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery from 6-10 pm to meet the artist, view his works, and enjoy complimentary cocktails.

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