Comfort Inn Puerto Vallarta
Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascenci
Puerto Vallarta, 48335
Phone: (52) 322 2267979
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Arts & Museums
Enjoy meeting artists in the natural environment of their homes and studios on these tours of art workshops. The artist availability varies, but the four-hour tour usually includes three to five stops. Guide Garry Thompson, owner of the Galeria Pacifico, is well-informed on every aspect of the thriving Puerto Vallarta and Mexican art scene, and he happily shares his knowledge. The tour fee goes to support the local art museum and art education programs in the area.
The nicely displayed sculptures and paintings here will transport any art lover away from Puerto Vallarta and into new worlds of imagination. This well-respected art gallery features a diverse and international collection of art from both modern and traditional artists. Also on sale are a notable range of diverse Mexican antiques, which are displayed in the gallery's lovely setting. After your visit, you may wish to dine at the highly-acclaimed Cafe des Artistes just across the street.
As you enter the gallery and your eyes catch the fresh watercolors, you will start cooling down from the heat outside. While enjoying the paintings in the open spaces of the gallery, you might be approached by a friendly art dealer, who will describe to you the details of each painting and the story of the artist behind it. This gallery represents a typical Mexican art center, founded by Mexican artists to showcase their work. Paintings start at MXN 500 and feature contemporary Mexican art.
This sculpture-intense gallery presents some of the finest artists in the Puerto Vallarta area including Ramiz Barquet, whose statues adorn several public squares and buildings. Owner Gary Thompson is a great proponent of Puerto Vallarta art and also offers tours. Artists on display in the gallery vary, but may include David Leonardo, Juan Ezcurdia, Virginia Aparicio and Magdiel Perez. In addition to big-ticket items, the gallery also offers prints and smaller works.
This tiny yet visitor-friendly museum is located in the botanical garden of La Isla de Rio Cuale. It hosts a weekly lecture in English every Tuesday afternoon at 1p, presented by the Museum Director, Ana Mendizabal. Archaeological finds from the area are displayed, along with general information on Mesoamerican history and art. There is no admission charge.
With its rich history and traditional life, many artisans have flourished in Mexico. This museums exhibits many works created by the inspiration of contemporary artists. Some of the works featured include such recognized artists as Manuel Lepe and Sergio Bustamante, while also displaying some of the more traditional arts such as works created by the Huichol people. The museum also serves as a showcase to introduce new and up-and-coming artists of the region, whose works have already been cataloged as representatives of the area.
This Vallarta gallery features Mexican tribal art. The only artwork you will find here are created by local artists who are preserving a tradition. Huichol beadwork catches the eye of many visitors, as do the tribal masks on display. All artwork you see here is for sale and well worth the purchasing price. Many people buy a piece of this exquisite artwork to remember their trip. Bring children here to teach them about past Mexican culture; perhaps they will be inspired to learn more and create something magnificent themselves.
An unusual aspect of Puerto Vallarta's art galleries is that many focus on local artists, as well as artists just getting started in the art world. Keeping the tradition alive, Galleria Dante displays some of the best artworks in the city. Taking pride in being one of the largest art galleries in Mexico, Galleria Dante showcases beautiful paintings and sculptures of fine art. New artwork comes in on a weekly basis, so there's always something exciting to see. The artists themselves often frequent the establishments and you may be lucky enough to meet one during your visit.
This gallery is famous the world over and is known for its extensive collection of Manuel Lepe works. The gallery houses colorful originals, tiny angels, boats, airplanes ceramics, paper mache and jewelry. The collection has been extended by his daughter Marcella to include posters and lithographs of original works. Come in to get an idea of what life was like for this artist. Children and adults alike will enjoy this gallery, and all will come away with a new appreciation of local art. Visit to the museum can be arranged only by appointment.