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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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TWO Artists to Exhibit at Galleria Dante this Friday

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.

Season's First South Side Shuffle at Galleria Dante
Claire Guarniere

Exhibitions by artists Eva Mondragon and Luc Gauthier open at Galleria Dante November 16 as part of the first South Side Shuffle of the season. Stop by Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.

Dec. 7 'Illumination II' Event to Support Pasitos de Luz
Barb Bremner

Are you interested in helping Banderas Bay area children with disabilities? Do you enjoy great food, fantastic sunsets, first class entertainment and amazing art? If so, make plans now to attend the Second Annual Pasitos de Luz Illumination Dinner on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Casa Karma.

2018-2019 Centro Historico ArtWalk Every Wednesday
Lorena Sonrisas

Art lovers can explore numerous artistic offerings during the Puerto Vallarta Centro Historico ArtWalk, a self-guided tour of 12 downtown galleries with cocktail exhibitions that can be enjoyed every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 10:00 pm through May 29, 2019.

International Sculptors Forum Returns to Puerto Vallarta
María Francesca

The Second International Forum of Sculptors will be held in Puerto Vallarta from November 12-24, 2018, once again bringing national and international artists together to create the public art works that enrich the artistic and cultural heritage of our city.

Vallarta Botanical Garden Celebrates Mes del Jaguar
Neil Gerlowski

As part of Mexico's first-ever Mes del Jaguar celebration, Vallarta Botanical Garden has installed an exhibit of stunning images and interpretive texts. The exhibition will be inaugurated on Nov. 3 with fun-filled and informative family-friendly activities.

'Mexipunx' Photo Exhibition Opens at the OPC Oct. 6
Pilar Perez

An opening reception for 'Mexipunx,' a photographic exhibition by Rubén Ortiz Torres, will be held on October 6 at the Oficina de Proyectos Culturales in Puerto Vallarta. The exhibit, which includes videos and drawings of people in the photographs, continues through January 5, 2019.

Exciting New Season at Galleria Dante & Di Vino Dante
Gena Guarniere

After a short two week hiatus in September to do some renovations, Galleria Dante reopens October 1 and Di Vino Dante on Oct 8. There's always something new to experience here, and we've got the scoop on the 2018/2019 season at Vallarta's largest & most eclectic art gallery.

Expats in Mexico 'Mexico Moments' Photo Contest

Expats In Mexico celebrated its second anniversary by launching a 'Mexico Moments' photo contest on September 16. The contest is open to expats in Mexico, those who want to live in Mexico, and travelers who visit often. The best photo will win a $300 USD Amazon gift certificate.

Int'l Artists Donate Sculptures to Puerto Vallarta
María Francesca

Five large-format sculptures, created by international artists during last November's 'First Int'l Forum of Sculptors' at El Centro Universitario de la Costa, have been donated to the city of Puerto Vallarta. They now grace public spaces in colonias throughout the municipality.

Office of Cultural Projects' 'All Inclusive' Exhibit
Pilar Perez

Responding to community interest, the Oficina de Proyectos Culturales is excited to launch a new annual exhibition that focuses solely on new works by local artists. The 'All Inclusive' show celebrates the art makers who live here, and everyone is invited to participate!

The Walls of Puerto Vallarta Bring People Together
Timothy Real Estate Group

Local artist Natasha Moraga has been magically transforming Puerto Vallarta with her colorful mosaics since 2012. Her latest project, turning Lazaro Cardenas Park into El Parque de los Azulejos / Tile Park PV, is all about community, and everyone is invited to participate.

Crayola Art Truck in Puerto Vallarta This Weekend
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust

The Sports and Culture for World Peace Foundation and Crayola Art Truck are bringing art, culture and ecological awareness to Puerto Vallarta this weekend as part of their national 'Sigue Creando' campaign. Come join in the fun at La Isla Shopping Village and Peninsula Plaza.

Huicholes' Bead Mosaic Sets Guinness World Record

The 81 square meter bead mosaic that Wixarika artisans in San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán, Jalisco created, in an attempt to earn a spot in the Guinness Book of Records for the world's largest mural, has done just that, bringing the state's total of world records to thirty-one.

Sister Cities Celebrate Another Successful Art Exchange

This past July, Highland Park, Illinois hosted a delegation from its sister city Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Among those in the delegation were two artists, Abdallahy and Santiago Polvos. This visit was one of many art-focused exchanges between the two cities.

Spencer Tunick Finds Artistic Inspiration in Sargassum
Yucatán Expat Life

Spencer Tunick, the New York photographer famous for persuading crowds to strip and strike a pose, recently returned to Mexico. This time, his inspiration was the sargassum that's invading the beaches of Tulum, where he shot a group of nude activists partially covered with seaweed.

Huicholes Aim to Create Record-Breaking Beaded Mural

Members of the indigenous Wixarika community in San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán, Jalisco are using thousands of colorful beads to create an 81-square-meter (882-square-foot) mosaic in an attempt to earn a spot in the Guinness Book of Records for the world's largest mural.

Art Donations Needed for 2018 Pasitos de Luz Fundraiser
Barb Bremner

Given the success of last year's Illumination Dinner, Show & Art Auction, Pasitos de Luz volunteers are currently looking for donations of artwork to be auctioned off at the 2018 fundraiser. All Illumination art auction proceeds will benefit the special needs children of Puerto Vallarta.

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