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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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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.

Pop-Up Wine Bar + Art Exhibition Walk-Through at OPC
Lorena Sonrisas

Uncork Mexico has partnered with Puerto Vallarta's Taller OPC - Oficina de Proyectos Culturales to offer an evening of wine and art on July 25. You'll enjoy Mexico's most delicious wines and a guided walk-through of the 'You Are Here: Cartographies of a Destination' exhibition.

'Qulture' Artists' Co-Op & Jazz Bistro to Open in August
Jim Lee

'Qulture,' a unique venue that will blend art, music and food in one beautiful setting, is set to open next month in the heart of Old Town Puerto Vallarta. The Galería, featuring local artists in individual studio/galleries, and a gift shop will open in mid-August, followed by a bistro and a bar.

Summer News from Vallarta's Parque de los Azulejos
Nancy Page

Local artist Natasha Moraga and Mosayko Vallarta volunteers are still diligently working on reshaping and transforming Lazaro Cardenas Park into another internationally recognized icon in Puerto Vallarta: 'El Parque de los Azulejos.' Here's the latest news from Tile Park PV.

Galleria Dante's Summer News, Specials and Art Sale
Claire Guarniere

Galleria Dante, the largest and most eclectic art gallery in Puerto Vallarta, has launched its Summer Art Sale, with prices reduced 25-50% through October 15th. If you've been eyeing one of the gorgeous works of art in their gallery or website, now is the time to make it yours!

Puerto Vallarta Hosts Sea Turtle Art Contest for Kids
Lorena Sonrisas

May 23 is World Turtle Day, an annual observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and their disappearing habitats around the world. Here in Puerto Vallarta, the city is hosting a 'Create Your Sea Turtle,' and all local school children ages 9-16 are invited to participate.

'You Are Here: Cartographies of a Destination' at OPC
Pilar Perez

Every year in May, the Office of Cultural Projects organizes an exhibition dedicated to Puerto Vallarta to celebrate the city's and the gallery's anniversary. This year's exhibit, 'You Are Here: Cartographies of a Destination,' opens May 26, 2018 and continues through August 25.

Famous Mexican Artists Cocktail, Show and Sale, May 4
Barbara Peters

The works of a number of famous Mexican artists from the private collection of a Mexico City art connoisseur will be available at below market values at a cocktail show and sale set to be held in Puerto Vallarta on Friday, May 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Sale of Frida Kahlo Barbie Dolls Banned in Mexico
Straits Times

A new Barbie doll based on Frida Kahlo has triggered a ruckus, with its sale banned in Mexico amid a fight over who owns the legal right to use her image. Distant family members of the famous artist have alleged that toymaker Mattel does not have the right to manufacture the dolls.

Francine Peters Art Show & Charity Auction at Act II

On April 24, Act II Entertainment will host a one-night-only art show featuring local artist Francine Peters. Throughout the evening, Franny will be painting an original piece, which will be auctioned off at the end of the night. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to a Vallarta charity.

Weekends are Filled with Art and Music at La Isla
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust

The Art Village by La Isla is a great opportunity to meet some of the Banderas Bay region's most recognized artists, talk with them about their works, and perhaps even acquire some of their art to take home with you as a permanent reminder of your time here in Puerto Vallarta.

Three Artist Exhibit Opens at Galleria Dante This Friday
Claire Guarniere

Artists Yvan Genest, Alvaro Zardoni & Jean Gabriel Lambert open at Galleria Dante on March 23, as part of the last Southside Shuffle of the 2017-2018 season. Stop by Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.

El Parque de los Azulejos Benefit at Mantamar Beach Club
Marie Callan

The community is coming together at Mantamar Beach Club on March 21 to help local artist Natasha Moraga finish creating another internationally recognized icon in Puerto Vallarta: 'El Parque de los Azulejos.' With live music, auctions and more, this will be THE event of the season!

Guadalajara Artist Luis Valui Exhibit at Galleria Dante
Gena Guarniere

On Friday, March 9 from 6-10 pm, a cocktail reception will open an art exhibition by Guadalajara artist Luis Castellanos Valui at Galleria Dante, Basilio Badillo #269, 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.

2018 Music & Art Festival in Chacala, Riviera Nayarit
Marie Callan

It's March and you know what that means... it's time for the annual Chacala Music & Art Festival! In addition to a wide range of musical performances, this year's festival, set for March 15-18, includes art exhibitions, a children's tent with workshops & theater and a food pavilion.

'Artists for Orphans' Benefit for Corazón de Niña
Bill Makley

More than 35 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 Garden Party' fundraiser on Sunday, March 11, from 2:00-5:00 pm at La Hacienda de Carlota Restaurant.

Three Artist Exhibit Opens Friday at Galleria Dante
Claire Guarniere

Exhibitions by Bill Megrail, Tom Dickson and Donna Dickson open at Galleria Dante on Friday, February 23rd, as part of this week's South Side Shuffle. Stop by the largest and most eclectic art gallery in Puerto Vallarta to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.

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

On Friday, February 16 from 6-10 pm, a cocktail reception will open an art exhibition by Spanish artist Manuel Adria at Galleria Dante, Basilio Badillo #269, 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.

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