The Centro Historico Art Walk Association has announced that their weekly Art Walks held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 10:00 PM will begin this season on October 31st and will continue through Wednesday, April 24th, 2013. The Art Walk was started 15 years ago and has become a favorite activity for locals and visitors alike who are here during those five featured months. The galleries provide complimentary beverages and usually featured artists are present. The tour is self guided and it can begin or end at any point, and brochures with maps showing the included locations are available at many hotels, restaurants, stores and shops, as well as at participating galleries. The thirteen member galleries include the following: Galeria Colectika, Galeria Whitlow, Galeria Corsica I and II, Art Gallery Milan, Galeria Pacifico, Galeria Caballito de Mar, Galeria Uno, The Loft Galeria, Galeria de Ollas, PV Santana Galeria, Galeria Ana Romo and Galeria Rodo Padilla.
In nearly all of the publicity and promotion about Puerto Vallarta, including the official city website, www.visitpuertovallarta.com, a thriving art scene featuring a great variety of art of exceptional quality is mentioned as one of the leading attractions for visiting or living here. In various publications, blogs and television programs Puerto Vallarta has been described as being everything from “the leading art center in the country outside of Mexico City” to “the beach resort in Mexico most important as an art center.” The weekly Art Walks in the Historic Centerdowntown, from 31 of October Street on the northern end to the Cuale River on the southern extreme, are often mentioned as one of the primary reasons for those claims.
Another aspect of Vallarta that is nearly always featured in promotions and articles is the abundance of excellent restaurants here and such gastronomic events as the internationally recognized Festival Gourmet in November and Restaurant Week in May, along with a growing list of events in between focusing on such specialties as Wine, Cheese, Chiles and Tequila. The Historic Center of Vallarta is the home of some of the most important restaurants, not only in Puerto Vallarta, but in all of Mexico. This year for the first time the Art Walk Association invited six of these to participate with them by being included in the brochure that they publish, 52,000 copies of and which are distributed throughout Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit. Some of the restaurants will have special promotions or music on Wednesday nights from 6:00 PM on in an effort to make the Art Walk a more total event, a complete evening of fabulous art, delicious food and drink, and terrific music. The six recommended restaurants are Trio Restaurant, Cafe des Artistes, Hacienda San Angel Gourmet, The River Cafe, Si Señor and India Gate. More information on the galleries and restaurants featured in the Historic Center Art Walk may be obtained at www.VallartaArtWalk.com.
Source: Gary Thompson