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Puerto Vallarta Art Talk

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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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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.

Art Exhibition Opens at Vallarta Botanical Garden
Rodrigo López

On Sunday, November 27, a crowd of visitors to the Vallarta Botanical Garden, including locals and tourists from all over the world, attended the inauguration of the final installation of the popular art exhibition, 'Aves y Sus Hábitats' (Birds and Their Habitats).

'The Power is in Your Signature' at Galleria Dante
Claire Guarniere

Vallarta's Galleria Dante presents: 'The Power is in Your Signature' by master painter, Israel Zzepda. Israel puts brush to canvas as a journalist would put pen to paper. He documents the world - its good and evil - as he sees it. Come and meet this exciting artist on November 25, 2016.

Free Malecón Sculpture Walking Tours Every Tuesday

The Puerto Vallarta Malecón Sculpture Tours, created and conducted by Galería Pacifico owner Gary Thompson, have returned for the 11th season. These free walking tours take place every Tuesday at 9:30 am, starting at the Millennium sculpture next to the Hotel Rosita.

Quebec Artist Marc Galipeau Opens at Galleria Dante
Claire Guarniere

An art exhibition by Quebec artist Marc Galipeau opens at Galleria Dante on Friday, November 18, as part of the first Southside Shuffle of the 2016-2017 season. Stop by Puerto Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery from 6-10 pm to meet the artist and enjoy complimentary cocktails.

River of Arte 2016 Promises a Flood of Artists!
Bill Makley

What started modestly up the Rio Cuale five years ago is now Puerto Vallarta's premier outdoor art show. And, with more than 60 talented artists exhibiting, River of Arte 2016, set to take place at Oscar's Restaurant on La Isla Cuale on December 4th, promises to be the best yet!

Eleventh Annual Puerto Vallarta I Madonnari Festival
Banderas News Team

The XI Festival I Madonnari will be held in Puerto Vallarta from November 11-13, 2016, when 'I Madonnari,' or street painters, will transform the walk ways in the Main Plaza into beautiful works of art, using the pavement as their canvas and chalk as their medium.

2° Expo Tattoo International Puerto Vallarta, Nov 26-27
Ricardo Acerco

More than 100 of the best national and international tattoo artists and around 3,000 spectators are expected to attend the second edition of the Expo Tattoo International Puerto Vallarta, scheduled to be held in the Salon Jalisco at Hotel Krystal on November 26 & 27, 2016.

Help OPC Promote Art and Culture in Puerto Vallarta

Since opening on May 28, 2014, the Oficina de Proyectos Culturales has become one of the top cultural institutions in Puerto Vallarta. They have an incredible 2016-2017 season of exhibitions, film screenings, lectures and workshops planned, but need your help to continue make it happen.

South Side Shuffle Offers Fun and Friendly Shopping
Banderas News Team

Starting Friday, November 18, 2016, and every other Friday through April 21, 2017, Puerto Vallarta's Zona Romantica will come to life from 6 to 10 pm as locals and tourists alike head over to Basilio Badillo and Constitution streets to do the South Side Shuffle.

'Del Acstracto Ranchero al Naquismo Mágico' at OPC
Pilar Perez

'Del acstracto ranchero al naquismo mágico,' an art exhibit curated by Carmen Villoro, will open at Puerto Vallarta's Oficina de Proyectos Culturales (OPC) on Saturday, October 8 from 7-9 pm. This exhibition includes installation, painting, and graphic works by Mexican artist Gil Garea.

This Day of the Dead, Help Keep Literacy ALIVE
Banderas News Team

On September 27th, Casa Karma Boutique Resort will kick off their Day of the Dead Calavera decorating contest to benefit the Puerto Vallarta Public Library, Biblioteca Los Mangos, and its new Early Childhood Literacy Program. This event lasts through November 2nd, Dia de los Muertos.

Chacala Fall Artist Residency Program, November 7-19
Gerald Van Eeckhout

Are you a professional or budding artist? The 2016 Fall Chacalart Artist Residency Program, scheduled to be held from November 7-19, 2016, will give you the time to create, grow and expand your horizons in the tropical and soulful setting of Puerto de Chacala, on Mexico's Riviera Nayarit.

2016-2017 Centro Historico ArtWalk Starts October 26
Lorena Sonrisas

Art lovers can explore numerous artistic offerings during the Puerto Vallarta Centro Historico ArtWalk, a self-guided tour of 8 downtown galleries with cocktail exhibitions that can be enjoyed every Wednesday evening from 6-10 pm from October 26, 2016 through May 31, 2017.

Art Installation Traces 1821 U.S.-Mexico Border

There's a new art installation along the U.S. border with Mexico, but it's probably not the border you're thinking of. This installation starts in Oregon, goes through parts of Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma and ends at the Gulf of Mexico, tracing the border that existed in 1821.

Artists Needed for 5th Annual 'El Río del Arte' Expo

Calling all artists! Plans are underway for the 5th Annual Puerto Vallarta 'El Río del Arte' expo, scheduled to take place at Oscar's Restaurant on December 4, 2016. If you'd you like the opportunity to show off (and sell) your art, while supporting a local charity, this event is for you!

Hotel Matilda and Artist Spencer Tunick to Bare It All

Next month, photographer Spencer Tunick will once again be undressing the art world. Famous for his mass installations of live nudes in public locations, Tunick will unveil his latest unabashed performance art, a video of nudes underwater in the bubbling pool at Hotel Matilda, on August 18.

Gallería Dante Vallarta Summer Art News and Sale
Claire Guarniere

The owners of Galleria Dante, the largest and most eclectic art gallery in Puerto Vallarta, have been keeping busy this Summer. They've been marking down their entire inventory from 20-30% for their Summer Art Sale, which means you can save big on more than 2,500 art works.

Frida Kahlo's US-Mexico Border Painting Heads to Philly
The Art Newspaper

Less than two weeks before the US presidential election in November, a powerful self-portrait by Frida Kahlo standing astride the US-Mexico border will go on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The 1930s painting is a timely response to the anti-immigrant stance of Donald Trump.

Vatican Approves Mexico City Replica of Sistine Chapel

North Americans who can't make the trip to Rome now have an opportunity to visit Michelangelo's renowned Sistine Chapel in Mexico City. A full-size replica of the 15th century church, complete with a reproduction of its iconic ceiling fresco, has opened in Plaza de la Republica.

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