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Puerto Vallarta Art Galleries

A good number of fine art galleries in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico showcase many different kinds of indigenous art and crafts as well as many works by contemporary Mexican national and local artists, painters and sculptors, including expatriates. The Puerto Vallarta art gallery scene is quite active especially from November through April when the art galleries have occasional cocktail party inaugurations for individual and collective artist exhibitions. There are now some 30 galleries and art stores in town. There is also a large amount of quality public artwork to be seen, especially on the downtown Puerto Vallarta malecon with its many sculptures and statues. Listed here are most of the best known Puerto Vallarta art galleries with a number of others thrown in for good measure. Please call the individual arts gallery for further details. Plenty of articles and up-to-date information on openings and artists, etc can be found at Banderas News – Puerto Vallarta Art Talk. Also see below on the new Puerto Vallarta Theater and for info on the weekly Puerto Vallarta Art Walk. These are among the main cultural attractions in Puerto Vallarta. Gay owned art stores and galleries that I know of are marked with **

Artesanias Flores – South Side/Zona Romantica – 282 Lazaro Cardenas. Tel: 223-0773 Puerto Vallarta huichol art, handicrafts and jewelry at reasonable prices. A family-owned local PV business for over 25 years, with many small unique objects that make good presents. Workshops have been sometimes available for small groups to learn more about Huichol arts & crafts and culture. Mon-Sat, 10:30am-9pm, Sun 11am-4pm

Artesanias Watakame – Central/Downtown – 327 Libertad. Tel: 223-0773 A large selection of Huichol arts: yarn paintings, prayer bowls, masks and beaded sculptures of such revered animal figures as deer, iguanas, turtles and tigers. The owners of this Puerto Vallarta art store have extensive knowledge of arte Huichol indian art and culture. One of the best stores for indigenous native handicrafts or artesanias. Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 10am-3pm.

Art Gallery Millan – Central – 230 Leona Vicario. Tel: 044-322-137-3519 A variety of contemporary artwork in sculpture, painting and mixed texture. National and international artists such as Beatriz Aguirre, Benito Arciniegas, Dario Nunez, Lucia Polanco and Federico Rivera. Since 2003. Mon-Sat, 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm.

Contempo Galeria – South Side/Old Town – 252 Basilio Badillo. Tel: 223-1925 ** Newest art gallery in town, with very contemporary Puerto Vallarta artwork, paintings and bronze statues. Representing well-known and avant-garde Mexican artists such as Cecilia Garcia Amaro, Marilo Carral, Jesus Cantu, Abelardo Favela, Irma Griza, and Lucille Wong. An impressive and excellent collection on two levels. Contempo Gallery is located across Basilio Badillo from the Galleria Dante at the corner of Ignacio Vallarta street. Same owner and location as the old Adobe cafe. Friendly and knowledgeable service with owner Rodolfo Choperena Tiemann, who worked at the Dante gallery for 5 years. Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm and 5pm-8pm; Sat 10am-2pm.

Dante Gallery – South Side – 269 Basilio Badillo. Tel: 222-2477, 044-322-229-6648 The Galleria Dante specializes in original works by contemporary sculptors and recasts of well known bronze statues as well as quite a large collection of paintings. More than 55 artists from throughout Mexico including Guillermo Brockmann, Hector Buiges, Oscar Capache, Gabriel Colunga, Rogelio Diaz, Guillermo Gomez, Jonás Gutiérrez, Juana Cortez Salazar and Rocio Sanchez. An eclectic and interesting collection by Claire and Joe Guarniere, two of the most respected members of the local art community. Includes a painting and sculpture garden and fountains. In my estimation among the most vibrant and best of all Puerto Vallarta art galleries. Dante gallery opening night showings during the winter months, 6pm-10pm. Closed off-season summer months May-Sept, by appointment only. Vonage: 269-282-8926. Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm.

Galeria Corsica – Central – 230 Leona Vicario and 735 Guadalupe Sanchez. Tel: 223-1821, 222-9260 ** Contemporary fine Mexican art exclusively, with paintings, sculpture and art objects. Representing such artists as Yanira Bustamante, Rocio Caballero, Ada Colorina, Jorge Marin, Paloma Torres, Xavier Esqueda and Ulices Licea. Founded by partners Jean Pierre Renucci and Jose A. Villavicencio in 2002 and “dedicated to the promotion of contemporary Mexican artists”. Galeria Corsica galleries also in Mexico City and San Jose del Cabo. Mon-Sat, 11am-2pm and 5pm-11pm.

Galeria Indigena – Central – 628 Juarez. Tel: 223-0800, 222-3007 PV art store with an extensive collection from various indigenous cultures of Mexico: dance and ceremonial masks, handcrafted Oaxacan black clay pottery by Zapotec indians, unique Day of the Dead items in ceramic and paper mache, sacred Huichol Indian bead and yarn work, hand blown glass, Nahua Indian lacquer art from Guerrero, religious arts and figures, majolica pottery from Tlaxcala and talavera ceramic pieces from Puebla with some 800 designs, Mata Ortiz pottery, as well as extraordinary bark paper etchings by internationally-known Nahua artist Nicolas de Jesus. Galeria Indigena is one of my personal favorites for gifts. Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 11am-3pm.

Galeria de Ollas – Downtown/el Centro – 176 Corona. Tel: 223-1045 Beautiful Mexican pottery from the village of Mata Ortiz in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico  made in the same manner as the inhabitants of the ancient city of Paquime 500 years ago. These beautiful polychrome ceramics with their meticulously crafted designs reflect much of the pre-Columbian culture’s mythology, with modern designs and style, and Galeria de Ollas has a great selection, some of the best in town. Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm and 4pm-7pm; Sat 10am-2pm.

Galeria Omar Alonso – Central – 249 Leona Vicario. Tel: 222-5587 ** This gay-owned Puerto Vallarta art gallery has mainly dedicated its space to antique and contemporary photography, engraving and sculpture. Photos and pieces have been displayed by artists such as Anderson & Low, Flor Garduño, Gabriel Figueroa, Michal Macku, Rodrigo Moya, and Luis Gonzalez Palma from Guatemala, one of the most successful Latin American photographers today. Galeria Omar Alonso is across the street from restaurant Cafe des Artistes. Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm.

Galeria Pacifico – Downtown – 174 Aldama, 2nd floor. Tel: 222-1982 One of the leading Puerto Vallarta art galleries since 1987. Mexican art with an emphasis on local painters such as Marco Alvarez, Hugo Barajas, Alfredo Langarica, Rita Torlen and sculptor Ramiz Barquet (1920-2010), whose splendid work “Nostalgia” is one of the main pieces on the malecon. Another Barquet statue, “El Pescador” (the fisherman), can be found in the little square on Insurgentes Street near the main municipal/flea market. Galeria Pacifico is recommended by Frommer’s and Fodor’s guides to Mexico as among the best art galleries in Mexico. Sculpture, paintings, graphics and posters. Respected owner Gary Thompson. See below for details about the walking art tour of the malecon sponsored by the Pacifico gallery. Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm.

Galeria Uno – Central – 561 Morelos. Tel: 222-0908 Now with over 40 years at the same downtown location, Galeria Uno is the oldest Puerto Vallarta art gallery. Showcasing art work by over 40 Mexican and international artists such as Manuel Adria, Alejandro Colunga, Francisco Curiel, Alberto Fregoso, Raymundo Gonzalez, Stefan Lokos, Manuel Martinez, Luz Elena Moreno and Jesus Lopez Vega to name just a few. An eclectic and fine collection of paintings, graphics and sculptures; Galeria Uno is one of the best and most interesting galleries in Puerto Vallarta. Since 1971. Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm.

Galeria Vallarta – Central – 187 Guerrero. Tel: 222-5125 Galeria Vallarta was established in Puerto Vallarta in 1989 and has presented fine art from talented Mexican and international artists such as Agustin Castillo, Ezequiel Esparza, Leticia Farias, Ruben Garcia, Victor Gutierrez, Steven King, Claudia Nery, Claudia Pereznales and Luis Valentin. The gallery offers art in many forms including sculptures in bronze, ceramic, wood and mixed media, collectible masks, lithographs, unique designer jewelry, serigraphs, prints on canvas, giclees, handcrafts, antiques and wall decor. Owner Barbara Peters. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm.

Miralo – el Centro/Downtown – 236-A Iturbide at Juarez street. Tel: 221-6810 ** Artist Rodolfo Rojas Hernandez (picture left) showcases his mosaic art created with stained glass. Gay-owned by Rodolfo and Bud Shafer since 2007, Miralo, a gallery of Mexican arts and crafts, also has alba talavera, ceramics, decorative wood boxes, fused glass art, as well as other hand painted and unique one-of-a-kind gifts. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-3pm

Olinala Gallery – South Side/Romantic Zone – 274 Lazaro Cardenas. Tel: 222-4995, Cell: 044-322-121-3576 Opened in 1978, Olinala is the most established and oldest folk art-ethnographic gallery in PV. The masks in their collection are ritual objects that have been worn in ceremonial performances from various ethnic groups in Mexico, many from the southern states of Michoacan and Guerrero. They embody the magic, mysticism and religion of the cultures which produce them to define the fervor and vigor of their respective communities. Over the years Olinala has had high ratings in respected travel guide books such as Fodors and Frommers. Owned by well-known local sculptor Brewster Brockmann. Mon-Fri, 10:30am-3:30pm.

Patti Gallardo Eclectic Art – South Side – 250 Basilio Badillo. Tel: 222-5712 ** Art gallery with sculptures and paintings, and interior design. During her early years in the city, she was primarily known for her line of hand painted clothing, colorful pieces depicting whimsical women, animals and still life. Patti Gallardo has lived in Puerto Vallarta since 1980. Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm and 5pm-10pm

Peyote People – Centro – 222 Juarez. Tel: 222-2302, 222-6268 Fine selections of Huichol yarn paintings and the bead art of these indigenous peoples of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Western Mexico. Peyote People is a fair trade co-operative gallery/museum based in Puerto Vallarta that provides most of the carvings to the artists, as well as new iridescent glass beads that are imported exclusively into Mexico for their craftsmen to use in their ethnic folk art and crafts. Visit Peyote People – Huichol Indian Folk Art for a look into the people, culture and the Huichol Indian ceremonial cycle. This page at Mexconnect Huichol people, culture, symbolism, art has very extensive info and links. Peyote People features such artists as Santos Bautista, Hilaria Chavez Carrillo, Luis Castro, Santos Daniel Carrillo Jimenez (see photo left), Mario Moreno, Neikame (Jose Carrillo Morales), Pedro Mendoza, and Luis Ruiz Ramirez. Friendly service with Kevin Simpson. Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat and Sun, 10am-6pm.

Sergio Bustamante Gallery – Downtown – 275 Juarez. Phone: 223-1405, 222-8321 ** Modern sculpture and original jewelry by one of Mexico’s most famous living sculptors. Life-size animals done in bronze, ceramic and paper mache. Since 1975. Bustamante has several large public art sculptures on the Puerto Vallarta malecon. Also with art galleries located in Mexico City, Cancun, los Cabos and Guadalajara. Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm

The Loft Galeria – Central – 176-A Corona, upstairs. Tel: 222-6353 ** Unique art works at the Loft Gallery by Carmen Alarcon, Javier Arevalo, Marianela de la Hoz, Rodolfo Morales, Norma Pardo, Fernando Sandoval, Francisco Toledo and many other fine artists. Painting, sculpture, photography and works on paper by emerging, mid-career and recognized masters of The Americas. Established by Ruben Cham and John Strawn. The Loft Galeria. Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 11am-3pm

Briefly, here are quite a good number of the other art stores and Puerto Vallarta art galleries:

Ambos Galeria – South Side – 261 Basilio Badillo. Tel: 222-3520 Now closed as of May 2012. New art gallery on Vallarta’s famed Restaurant Row, next door to Galleria Dante. Ambos Galeria de Arte y Artifactos has plenty of room for contemporary painting, assemblage, collage and sculpture. An upstairs space is planned for the exhibition for traditional Latin American ceramics, masks, retablos, sculptures and textiles. Owners Laura and Jack Barrett. Tues-Sat, 11am-2pm and 4pm-7pm

Ana Romo Art Gallery – Central – 803-A Guadalupe Sanchez. Tel: 223-5666 Original pieces of wall art, unique bowls, decorative plates, vases and copper tables. Located also in Ajijic, Jalisco. Mon-Sat, 11am-9pm

Art by Design Gallery – Plaza Las Juntas Design Center – 5415 Highway to Tepic, Local #20. Tel: 290-3189, 290-3197 Latin American contemporary figurative art from such states as Veracruz, Nayarit, Oaxaca and Mexico City. Sculptures in bronze and resins as well. Deborah Acosta owner. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-4pm

Arte 550 – Downtown – 550 Hidalgo at Corona. Telefono: 222-7365, 044-322-146-4222 Gallery and studio of Patricia Gawle and Kathleen Carrillo. Combining art workshops, classes, “off the beaten path art adventures” and excursions. Offers week-long and 3-day workshops-retreats in clay sculpture, also mask making, hand-painted tile classes, and field trips to El Tuito. Arte 550 – Puerto Vallarta. Tues-Sat, 11am-2pm and 6pm-9pm

Arte Popular Mexicano Galeria – Central – 285 Libertad. Tel 222-6960 Pre-Columbian art, unique ceramic pieces, Mexican folk art and paintings. Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm

Caballito del Mar Galeria – Central – 162 Aldama. Tel: 113-0363, 044-322-129-5209 Collection of Mexican crafts, antique and vintage jewelry, textiles and ceramics. Artisans include Hector Aguilar, Elena Felix, Enrique Ledesma, Hilario Alejos Madrigal and Margot de Taxco. Tues-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-2pm

Colectika – el Centro/Downtown – 852 Guadalupe Sanchez at Allende. Tel: 222-1007, 222-2302 New Mexican Ancestral Contemporary art gallery Colectika from Kevin Simpson and the folks at Peyote People for the newer generation of artists and their folk art including Jacobo Angeles and Maria del Carmen Mendoza (wood carving and natural paints from Oaxaca), Julia Fuentes, Mario Saulo Moreno,J. Juan Melchor and Demetrio Aguilar. Weds-Mon, Noon-8pm

Cuale River Museum – Rio Cuale Island, West end. Tel: 222-1007 On the Cuale River island is this small museum which traces the pre-Hispanic cultural history and art of this part of western Mexico from as far back as 5000 BC. The museum showcases some of the pottery and other objects found at the Ixtapa Archeological Zone along the Ameca River. Check out Eduardo Rincon-Gallardo’s piece on the Puerto Vallarta Museum del Cuale. Free. No pets, food or pictures. Tues-Sat, 9am-2pm and 3pm-6pm

Galeria 8 y mas – Downtown – 186 Corona. Tel: 223-9700, Cell: 044-322-155-0664 Modern Mexican painting with works by Enrique Monraz, Karla Rueda, Jose Luis Malo, Ricardo Ramirez and others. Galeria 8 y mas represents some 45 Puerto Vallarta and national Mexican artists. Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm

Galeria Alpacora – South Side/Old Town – 232 Ignacio Vallarta. Tel: 222-4179 Art store with a wide selection of arts & crafts, baskets, Alpaca clothing, jewelry, altarpieces, gourds, sculptures, wall hangings, exquisite Mata Ortiz pottery, textiles and mirrors. Most items are meticulously handcrafted in small workshops or by individual artists. Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat, 10am-1pm

Galeria A.L. Arte Latinoamericano – el Centro – 155 Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez. Now closed. Original works by Puerto Vallarta artists Marta Gilbert, Celeste Acevedo, Jose Guerrero, Yolanda Marroquin, Eduardo Mejorada, and Dolores Romero. The A. L. Gallery featured contemporary painting, sculpture, posters and lithographs on 2 floors of exhibition space. Since 1998.

Galeria Colibri – Central – 190 Aldama. Tel: 222-1383, 223-1390 Hand chosen folk art from all over Mexico, Ken Edwards stoneware, ceramic tile and murals, catrinas, piñas, alebriges, Zapotec rugs, textiles, milagria, jewelry, original art & craft of Marianne Menditto, Maestro Juan Vasquez Corona and others, antiques and pieces from their personal collections. Specialists in architectural, tile design & installation. Mon-Sat, Noon-7pm

Galeria Corona – Central – 164 Corona. Tel: 222-4210 Now closed. Offered wide ranging works from a variety of contemporary artists from Mexico City, Michoacan and Jalisco. Artists included painters Rubén Chuela, Hector Ponce, Paloma Rdz. Prendes and Maritza Sanipatin, as well as sculptors Felipe Castaneda, Maria Gomez and Arturo Macias.

Galeria Flores – North Side/Colonia Olimpica – 305 Ave. Francisco Villa and Coffee Cup – Marina Vallarta – Club de Tenis Puerta del Sol 14-A . Tel: 223-4209, 221-2517 Featuring work by such Puerto Vallarta artists as Sara Garcia, Amador Montes, Octavio Ocampo, Cecilio Sanchez and Ian Sanchez. Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat, 10am-3pm

Galeria Internacional – Marina Vallarta – Locale #8, Marina Las Palmas 1. Tel: 221-0267 International art, sculpture and decor for the Marina Vallarta folks. Unique items from all over Africa. Mon-Sat, 10am-8:30pm; Sun 11am-5pm.

Galeria Nativa – South Side – 268-B Francisco Madero. Authentic native Indian art: hand painted gourds, ceremonial and contemporary masks, figures, Huichol indian art.

Galeria Rodo Padilla – Downtown – 178 Mina. Phone: 222-5984 Mon-Fri, 11am-2pm and 4pm-7pm; Sat, 11am-3pm

Galeria Sol y Luna – Downtown/el Centro – 155-A Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez. Tel: 113-0475 ** Now closed. Paintings and sculptures by international artists such as Lena Bartula, Don Quade, Randy Cooper, Lorenzo Bruderer and Roberto Lopez Ramirez. Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm and Fri, 10am-10pm

Galeria Whitlow – Centro – 233 Leona Vicario. Tel: 222-8091, 044-322-126-8754 Operated by a semi-retired couple, so better to call for appointment beforehand. Mon-Sat, 11am-2pm and 5pm-10pm.

Galerie des Artistes – Central – 248 Leona Vicario. Tel: 113-0265, 223-0006 Decorative items, art and antiques. Diego Rivera, Rafael Coronel, Feliciano Bejar and Evelyn Boren among other modern artists. Located across the street from the famed Puerto Vallarta restaurant Cafe des Artistes. Mon-Sat, 4pm-9pm

Genius of Paco Gallery and Museum – South Side/Romantic Zone – 512 Venustiano Carranza. Tel: 222-8168 New York and Puerto Vallarta based artist Frank “Paco” Rudin’s gallery and museum with one main purpose being to document the distinctive Puerto Vallarta “Naif” style. There is also a recently acquired collection of photos by Hugo Brehme and Agustín Víctor Casasola who documented the 1910 Mexican revolution. Artists include Ramón Barragan, Ada Colorina, Edgar Martínez, Javier Niño and others. Has a sculpture garden for music and performances. Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm; Sat, 11am-2pm

Historical Naval Museum – Downtown – 4 Zaragoza street. Tel: 223-5357 Operated by the Government of Mexico since November 2006 this is one of only 4 such Navy museums in the country that presents the nation’s maritime history. The Historical Naval Museum features cartography, navigation instruments and charts, images, and scale models. Free guided tours, audio-visual hall, gift shop and cafeteria upstairs. Located adjacent to the Los Arcos Amphitheater near the Puerto Vallarta downtown main plaza. No charge, free. Tues-Fri, 9am-7:30pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-7:30pm

Lacandonia Jewelry – South Side – 317 Basilio Badillo at Constitucion street. Tel: 113-0004, 044-322-229-6897, 044-322-177-1436 Many exclusively and exquisitely handmade pieces of jewelry by applying some of the same techniques used 1,300 years ago. Many of these designs are inspired by pre-Hispanic cultures such as Mayan, Aztec and Zapoteca. Two friendly local artisans at the Lacandonia workshop. Some prehistoric jewelry designs, original arrows elaborated by lacandons, rustical toys and shamanic liquid. Mon-Sat, 9am-9pm

Lucy’s Cucu Cabana – South Side/Zona Romantica – 295 Basilio Badillo. Telefono: 222-1220 Unique Mexican folk-art including items like hand-crafted Oaxacan pieces, wool rugs and also talavera ceramics, which they often purchase on their journeys around Mexico during the summer. Co-owner Gil Gevins, Lucy’s husband, is the author of hilarious books of Vallarta mis-adventures entitled Puerto Vallarta on Forty-Nine Brain Cells a Day, and Refried Beans, which you can purchase at the shop. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm

Manuel Lepe Museum – South Side – Jacarandas at Francisca Rodriguez. Tel: 222-4255 The house where famed Puerto Vallarta painter Manuel Lepe, 1936-1984, lived (see photo of his art at left) now showcases some of his fine works, as well as photographs and reviews. Guided tours of Lepe’s workshop now preserved as a Puerto Vallarta museum and gallery are offered by appointment. Also providing cultural workshops and painting for children. 100 pesos admission. Mon-Fri, Noon-7pm

Mata Ortiz Art Gallery – PV Airport Duty-free Shop Locale 78-A. Tel: 221-0467 Enchanting and splendid Mexican pottery from the village of Mata Ortiz at the Puerto Vallarta airport duty-free area. Daily, 9am-7pm Niuweme Gallery – Downtown – 190 Guerrero. Tel: 222-3419 Specializes in huichol art, native indigenous huichol yarn and bead art, jewelry, yarn paintings, wood carved sculptures and ceramics. Owned and operated by a Huichol indian family. Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm

Puerco Azul Gallery – South Side – 325 Constitucion at V. Carranza. Tel: 222-8647 An eclectic, whimsical and colorful selection of artwork, ceramics, folk-art, jewelry, textiles and home accessories some of it created by owner Lee Chapman aka Lencho who has illustrated a number of children’s books, a few co-written with his wife Nancy. Puerco Azul Gallery – Puerto Vallarta Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm

PV Santana – el Centro/Downtown – 186 Corona. Cell: 044-322-172-7847 New Mexican fine art gallery with gorgeous Manuel Morales pottery-ceramics. Also with copper work by Ignacio Punzo Angel and paintings by Hector Ponce, among others. Located next door to the Galeria de Ollas. Mon-Fri, 11am-2pm and 4pm-8pm; Sat 11am-2pm

T. Fuller Fine Art – Downtown – 169 Corona. Tel: 222-2626 ** Now closed.

Talavera Etc – South Side/Old Town – 266 Ignacio Vallarta. Tel: 222-4100 For some 20 years, Puerto Vallarta Talavera etc has offered a wide selection of fine traditional quality Poblana Talavera pottery from workshops in Puebla, hand-painted murals and ceramic tiles, dinnerware sets and jewelry boxes. Talavera Etc handcraft collections includes dolls, angels, masks, Oaxaca woodcarvings, Day of the Dead and other unique folk-art pieces from around Mexico. Mon-Sat, 10am-3pm and 5pm-10pm

Thierry Blouet Fine Art Collection – Downtown – 756 Guadalupe Sanchez. Tel: 113-0265 Located in a house next door to Blouet’s well-known Puerto Vallarta restaurant Cafe des Artistes, his collection presents a variety of sculptures, gicleés and paintings including a number of works by famed local artist Marta Gilbert. Mon-Sat, 11am-2pm and 5pm-10pm

Travel Note: Unfortunately the Great Recession has not been kind to some of Puerto Vallarta’s art galleries, as the Jalisco Institute of Handicrafts, Galeria A.L. Arte Latinoamericano (which had been around since 1998), Galeria Corona, gay-owned galleries T. Fuller Fine Art, Galeria Sol y Luna, and Quadro among others, have had to close their doors these past 2 years or so. A number of new ones including Ambos Galeria, Colectika, Contempo Galleria, Galeria Rodo Padilla, and PV Santana have come along to add to the active and lively art-culture scene in Puerto Vallarta. The information noted in the Gay Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide was considered accurate when posted but changes can and do occur, so you may want to confirm details directly with the businesses in question before planning your time out and around town.

Art Studios/Individual Artists

Ada Colorina Studio & Art Gallery – Colonia Paso Ancho – 242 Felipe Angeles. Telephone: 222-1994 Located on the outskirts of town in the Paso Ancho neighborhood up the Cuale River. Colorful works by Puerto Vallarta artist Ada Colorina. Best to call beforehand to make sure she’s in. Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm

Angeline Kyba Studio – Gringo Gulch – 635 Cuauhtemoc street. Tel: 222-4238 Puerto Vallarta painter Angeline Kyba has her studio-gallery open to visitors Oct 1-May 1 from Mon-Fri, Noon-5pm, and during the summer May-Sept by appointment only.

Jose Marca Taller/Studio & Gallery – South Side – 326 Lazaro Cardenas. Tel: 222-3748 Artist Jose Marca has lived in the city since 1971 and has a unique personal style. Mon-Fri, 9am-2pm and 4pm-8pm; Sat, 10am-4pm

Meg Munro Studio – Colonia 5 de Diciembre – 1225 Ecuador. Tel: 223-1142 You can call for your private viewing of Puerto Vallarta artist Meg Munro at her studio. Weds, 10am-7pm

Pat Henry – La Cruz de Huanacaxtle – #6 Las Glorias. Tel: 329-295-5289 Please call for an appointment.

Wade Sabat – Central/5 de Diciembre – 1565 Puerto Rico. Tel: 223-0446 Open by appointment.

Special Notes – Puerto Vallarta Art and Puerto Vallarta Culture & Cultural Attractions

Art Walk Puerto Vallarta Downtown 2011-2012 The ever-popular Old Town Art Walk this year has some 9-10 participating Puerto Vallarta art galleries which host complimentary cocktail receptions and expositions on Wednesday nights from 6pm-10pm during the high season winter months starting this year October 26, 2011 until May 30, 2012. People wander from gallery to gallery in search of art, conversation and the perfect glass of wine, certainly a good way to meet some Puerto Vallarta artists, see some good art, have an interesting evening and perhaps make new friends. Galleries participating this year are Ana Romo Art Gallery, Arte 550, Colectika, Corsica Galeria de Arte I and II, Galeria Caballito del Mar, Galeria de Ollas, Galeria Uno, Pacifico Gallery, and The Loft Galeria. Look for a map at your hotel or in participating galleries. Main info here for this important city cultural activity: Puerto Vallarta Art Walk and here for their Art Walk Map. Another good local source for general information on Puerto Vallarta Art Galleries.

Boutique Theater – South Side – 330 Naranjo at Basilio Badillo. Tel: 044-322-728-6878, 044-322-289-0735 A not for profit community theater “celebrating the performing arts, enriching lives of actors and audiences through the magical world of theatre.” Coming attractions include Judy, Journey through the Jungle, Love and Insanity, Tea House of the August Moon, and The Importance of Being Earnest. The Boutique Theatre cast of actors include Mexican nationals as well as Canadian and American ex-pats.

Cuale Cultural Center Located at the east end of the Cuale River Island, past Le Bistro restaurant and the statue of John Huston and among many big beautiful trees is the rather secluded Puerto Vallarta Cuale Cultural and Art Center, where popular daily artistic activities include sculpture, painting and music lessons, storytelling and modern dance workshops. Apparently there are also 3 city groups open to the general public: theater, choir and dance. Tel: 113-0107, 223-0095

Walking Art Tour of the Puerto Vallarta Malecon Galeria Pacifico sponsors a Public Sculpture Walking Tour that starts at 9:30am every Tuesday at the Millennium sculpture near the Hotel Rosita at the north end of the PV Malecon. You might be able to meet some of the sculptors of the statues and hear them speak about their work along the mile long malecon. Owner Gary Thompson acts as your guide and talks about the present local art scene. The Walking Art Tour every Tuesday, 9:30am-11:30am, starting Nov 15 through April. Free, no reservation. For further info call Pacifico Gallery, Tel: 222-1982

Ports of Art/Foundacion Aire Fresco/Fresh Air Foundation – Puerto Vallarta Located within the Puerto Vallarta International Airport in the departure terminal, Ports of Art was created to provide opportunities for artists to display their work in an open venue, to contribute towards the visual enhancement of public spaces and to raise funds for the Fundación Aire Fresco. Since 2008, the Fresh Air Foundation has helped hundreds of youngsters and young people in attending day and summer camps with programs in the arts, language, ecology and physical education. Ports of Art for further details.

Puerto Vallarta Artists Open Studios As Alex Gomez reported in the PV Scene Puerto Vallarta Artists Open Studios, from Dec 2009 through March 2010 a dozen Puerto Vallarta artists were allowing guests to visit them in their studios so they can be observed working at their art. Artists include Fernando Sánchez, Ada Colorina, Rogelio Diaz, Angeline Kyba and Irere Topete. Open studios from 10am-10pm on: Dec 19-20, Jan 16-17, Feb 20-21 and Mar 20-21, 2010.

Puerto Vallarta Theater/Teatro Vallarta – 5 de Diciembre/Downtown – 184 Uruguay. Tel: 222-4525, 222-4517, 222-4475 Theater Vallarta recently opened in March 2010. The auditorium of the Puerto Vallarta performing arts center has a seating capacity of around 960 people and has/will put on mainstream and avant-garde productions and presentations by Fandango, Vienna Strauss Orchestra, Get Back! Beatlemania, Presidance, Don Quixote by the Bolshoi Ballet, 3 Tenors, Bajo Cero, Jesus Christ Superstar, European Cabaret, Yuri, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, and a variety of other cultural activities. There’s also Close Up Vallarta an International Festival of Video Creation, with categories of video art, performance, and experimental shorts. An offshoot of the Puerto Vallarta Theater will be a non-profit school which will promote art, dance, music and culture among children through its Fandango Foundation. Teatro Vallarta is located across from Ley supermarket, between Avenida Mexico and Peru street. Tickets are available at the box office: Mon and Tues, 11am-7pm and Weds to Sun, 11am-9pm. For further info visit Puerto Vallarta Theater/Teatro Vallarta for current and coming concerts, spectacles and dance.

Xiutla Folkloric Dance & Ballet Now in their 18th year. During the winter months the Xiutla Folk Dance troupe performs January through mid-April at Lazaro Cardenas Park on the South Side on Friday nights at 7:30pm (photo at right) and at the Los Arcos Amphitheater on the Puerto Vallarta malecon boardwalk Sunday evenings at 8pm. Further local info on the Xiutla Ballet can be found here at VallartaonLine’s Xiutla Folkloric Ballet and also at the Puerto Vallarta Scene -Xiutla Folkloric Ballet where there is a nice video from YouTube of them performing the Bolero de Rabel at Los Arcos amphitheater during the Art Festival in May. Don’t miss these exciting dancers. The folkloric dance group has traveled and toured throughout the Americas, from Brazil to the USA and Canada, as well as in Europe. Xiutla was the first name of Vallarta and means in Náhuatl “the Place where the Vegetation grows”.



Puerto Vallarta Real Estate/Cirque Du Soliel

Cirque du Soleil Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – During Tianguis Turístico 2016, held this week at Mexico’s largest convention center, Expo Guadalajara, CEO Daniel Lamarre gave details about the Cirque du Soleil theme park to be developed in partnership with Grupo Vidanta in Nuevo Vallarta, and centered around their new show, Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico.
He explained that the theme park, which is slated to open in 2018, will not build within the resort, but in an area where all of the hotels in the area are welcome to send their guests, with the goal of attracting five million visitors a year.
The new Nuevo Vallarta project aims to reimagine the theme park experience in the same way that JOYÀ, which opened in 2014 near the Cancun resort area, redefined theatrical and culinary entertainment in the Riviera Maya.
The design will include sections featuring monuments of the Sun and Moon, the pyramids of Teotihuacan, and the Aztec calendar – similar to different “lands” at other theme parks. And, for the first time in Cirque Du Soleil history, water will be used to create a curtain of rain, which will have a recycling system. Each experience will be based on a story line to be performed by Cirque artists, as will the park’s theme show, Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico.
“Luzia will be a first for Cirque Du Soleil. We are going to develop a Cirque de Soleil production based on the Mexican culture,” Lamarre said. “If you have not yet visited Mexico, put it on your wish list, you are missing something special… and that’s the message we want to convey to the people of the world.”
The new show will premiere in Montreal next week, and will tour around Canada before traveling for 18 months throughout the United States. “We will reach one billion viewers. It is therefore a great opportunity for the world to understand the richness of the Mexican culture,” Lamarre said. “After selling tickets around the world, we will come home to the new park and share this great show with the people of Mexico,” he added.

Puerto Vallarta Real Estate/Pier 57


Hola Everyone!

I have good news about Puerto Vallarta Real Estate! Pier 57 is offering a 17% discount for the month of October! That means my favorite, PH 1 is listed at $490,000 but this month you can have it for $406,700! Just under 1250 square feet. 2 beds, 2 baths, 2 terraces, STUNNING VIEW…CORNER, don’t miss this opportunity! There is a $10,000 reservation fee (refundable). Once we come to an agreement, a 30% deposit (includes the $10,000) is needed to reserve the condo. The balance is paid out over the year until move in…November 2017.


1/2 a block from Olas Altas. 1 1/2 blocks to the pier…LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens


Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Several years ago on our way to Chacala, we turned a corner to see a large new structure on the hillside to the west. It looked like a lodge, or possibly a mansion under construction.  On our way back to Puerto Vallarta, we intended to stop and investigate, though it did occur to us we wouldn’t be granted admittance, thinking perhaps it was a home being built by a narco or some other cartel-related activity. Obviously we have great imaginations.

What we didn’t expect was what we found. We were warmly greeted and invited to drive down the long road that led to the initial buildings. We met the curator, Bob Price and his mother, Betty. Sadly, The wonderful Betty Price has since past away but we have been, over the years, amazed by what Bob has done on his 20 acres of what became known as the Vallarta Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve. There are many miles of hiking trails winding in and out of the native jungle/forest. In summer months we have always welcomed a dip in the Rio Horcones, the river below the main house. It’s been more than a pleasure to watch the gardens grow, with additions such as the incredible Holstein Orchid and Vanilla House, a world class development.

The Vallarta Botanical Gardens hosts a number of annual events in the course of the year, a Thanksgiving feast, Valentines dinner, and their festive Member Appreciation Day. Vallarta Botanical Gardens celebrates their tenth anniversary this year with celebrations in mid-November, open to the public. There will be the normal tours and guided hikes, special guest speakers, live music and a gigantic cake.

The North American Garden Tourism Association selected the gardens with one of their coveted “Top 10 North American Gardensworth Travelling for Awards in 2013 and the gardens has been the recipient of many more botanical and tourist destination recognitions, too many too list here.

Vallarta Botanical Gardens has developed educational programs for local studies and participates in public environment awareness programs. The gardens is a haven for bird watchers; both amateur and professional botanists will be delighted by the gathering of exotic plants from around the world. The conservation and propagation of orchids is at the heart of the garden’s mission.

We have found it is easier these days to take the El Tuito bus, since parking is limited and the gardens can get crowded. Buses are available and easily marked at the corner of Aguacate and Carranza in the Romantic Zone; there’s one every thirty minutes.

The Vallarta Botanical Gardens is closed on Mondays from April to November but open every other day of the year from 10 am to 6 pm; admission is 100 pesos and school groups can visit at no cost if they have advance reservations. Little ones under four years of age get in for free.


International Friendship Club of Puerto Vallarta!

The International Friendship Club of Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful organization that does home tours of Vallarta’s wonderful neighborhoods.  The best part is they donate to the Cleft Palate Surgery Program here in Vallarta. One of the things we really love about living here is the abundant opportunities to give back to the community!
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Our Home Tours showcase four unique homes each week ranging from small, traditional style casas to multi-million dollar beachfront condos and villas.   Travel in comfort on our air-conditioned tour bus while enjoying an entertaining narrative by our friendly tour guides.

Net proceeds from these very interesting and fun tours support the International Friendship Club’s Cleft Palate Surgery Program and other charitable programs.

Tour dates:  Tuesdays and Wednesdays,  beginning November 29 – 30, 2016 through March 28 – 29, 2017 except the weeks of Christmas and New Years.  Tours depart at 10:30 a.m. and last approximately 3 hours.

Departure Location: Sea Monkey Restaurant located just south of Rio Cuale and Molino de Agua condos on the beach at Aquiles Serdán in Col. Emiliano Zapata.

Cost:  $600 pesos*.  Seating is limited so purchasing advance tickets is suggested to ensure availability.  All sales are final.

Advance tickets are available at the International Friendship Club located at the corner of Calle Libertad and Miramar in Colonia El Centro, Puerto Vallarta Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Note: Mexican pesos only).

Tickets may also be purchased in advance online with PayPal (see below).

Tickets will also be available the morning of each tour (subject to availability) at 9:00 a.m. at our welcome desk at Sea Monkey Restaurant.  We accept cash only (MXN pesos) the day of the tour.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before our 10:30 a.m. departure.  Breakfast is available for purchase at the Sea Monkey restaurant.

NOTE: Prices are in Mexican pesos.
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Please be advised that these tours involve walking on inclines, paths, cobblestones and stairs.

Tour participants should have good mobility and balance.  Comfortable walking shoes are advised.

Handicap access is not available.

Picture taking is invited so don’t forget your camera!

FC members with current membership card: $100 peso discount on their own ticket, for the months of January thru March.

As before, the IFC current member discount only applies to their own ticket, not to a group purchase, and the discount is only given when member buys the ticket in person with current membership card at either the IFC clubhouse or at the Tour site on morning of the Tour.