South Side Art Shuffle in Puerto Vallarta Old Town
On our recent trip to Puerto Vallarta, the South Side Shuffle took us on a wonderful evening stroll through the art galleries.
We wandered into the large meandering Galleria Danté and say hello to owner Claire Guarniere again. We feature three of her artists on the Figurative Artist website, Guillermo Gomez, Israel Zzepda, Yvan Genest. Claire, originally from Saskatchewan, Canada has been down here for 33 years building Galeria Danté into the very successful and art-packed gallery it is today. They show works by about 62 artists in styles from wonderful complete realism to raw and naive works and everything in between. Truly something for every taste and budget. Whether you are hunting for the perfect piece to bring back home or something for your new home in Mexico, there’s something wonderful at Galeria Danté for you.
Alvaro Zardoni, bronze
Isreal Zzepda painting
Guillermo Gomez bronze
Juicy brushy abstract landscapes and figurative works by Page Railsback, above were my favorites. Gorgeous lively acrylics of people land landscapes, settings, great brushwork and colours without much line. They are very loose and seem like plain air work but are more probably done in the studio from plain air sources and photos, very nice.
Luis SN Carlos
Lush abstracts above by Favela Abelardo particularly caught my eye which I would think would be very appealing to the large gay tourist contingent that call Puerto Vallarta home each winter.
There were several fanciful and humorous Lee Chapman paintings on the Contempo stairwell, another of my figurative artists and whose home we got to visit a few days later. Studio visit to Lee Chapman.
More goodies on the street
Patricia Gawle, ceramics
Kathleen Carrillo, paintings and House of Wind & Water art retreats
Wednesday night ArtWalk
Bill White cowboy
Dean Gazely whose studio we visited last Spring in Guanajuato
Deborah Aschheim ink drawings on vellum Welcome the Presidents. very interesting narrative and images of the important USA/Mexico presidential visits and how they shaped Puerto Vallarta from a small town to the city we see today.
Holy coy, what an amazing restaurant! How have we missed this on trips here before or did it have one helluva makeover??? Don’t miss gorgeous very original art jewelry by Rose Blouet in Rose-Thiery Boutique, the owner’s wife in a bijou little boutique at the front. Definitely worth a visit but bring your credit card!! I may need to go back….
Galeria des Artistes
Patrick Siler, great line drawings and paintings
Sirena’s Art Gallery
Ignacio Guerrero ceramics and paintings above, colourful and whimsical figures and animals
Rogelio Manzo, fabulous figurative works in sculpture and painting!!!
Brewster Brockman, bold paintings and large ceramic sculptures, very impressive with chunky wood platforms
Sergio Garval*** HOT!!