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“A admirable place and experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Galeria Atotonilco

Galeria Atotonilco
Camino Antiguo Ferrocarril #14 | Colonia El Cortijo, San Miguel de Allende 37732, Mexico
+52 415 185 2225
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Owner description: We are open BY APPOINTMENT only but usually have an Open House the last weekend of every month from noon to 5 pm. Please check our weekly ad in Atencion for contact information. One of the largest and highest quality folk art collections in all of Mexico, on a gorgeous country property in an architecturally spectacular, much-published building, Galeria Atotonilco is a ten-minute drive north of town. Voted the #1 gallery in San Miguel for the second year, in June 2012, it is an eye-dazzling array of a huge variety of folk art, from funny to exquisite, from all over Mexico. Folk art is a direct route to the true heart of Mexico: it's history, it's traditions, it's myths and legends, it's diverse cultures. Items in all price ranges can be shipped anywhere. We suggest you visit us early in your trip when you have not spent all your money and when shipping can be arranged if necessary. Even if you know little about folk art, we guarantee you will be amazed at the diversity, and we love sharing our knowledge with you. In addition to folk art, you will see country antique furniture, vintage textiles of great beauty, and historic photographs of 19th century Mexico.Within a mile is the historic church of Atotonilco, and the gorgeous country restaurant, Nirvana. Plan to spend at least an hour in our gallery. The time will fly by. Many visitors report that this gallery was the highlight of their visit to San Miguel.
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“A admirable place and experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Very few places show the richness there is in Mexico's with such detail and awareness.
Whether you are looking for a precious or unique piece, this is the place.
Meeting Mayer Shacter, is a privilege, he is an example of passion for mexican folklore.

Visited March 2013
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“FABULOUS folk art gallery in a gorgeous setting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We've been to Galeria Atotonilco many times and it's always a treat! The fork art collection is superb and the price are good as well. The owners, Susan and Mayer, are so friendly and willing to share their knowledge of Mexican handicrafts and artists. The location outside San Miguel de Allende is beautiful and seeing their gallery and home is an added attraction. We love to introduce visiting friends to the Galeria. We usually combine our trip to Galeria Atotonilco with a stop at Nirvana restaurant nearby for a perfect day!

Visited February 2013
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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“Gallery Atotonilco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Gallery Atotonilco in San Miguel de Allende is a feast for the eye and mind. Gallery owner Mayer Shacter possesses the two indispensable qualities of the true collector, passion and knowledge, and the Mexican folk art in the gallery is more a collaboration between collector and artist than merely items for sale. Shacter considers the gallery artists his extended family, and he frequently travels to almost inaccessible locations throughout Mexico to obtain only the finest examples of the artists’ work.

Gallery Atotonilco is the one gallery in San Miguel not to be missed.

Louise and James Murphy

Visited June 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Galeria Atotonilco: A wonderful collection of folk art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Galeria Atotonilco is a must stop for anyone who lives in, or visits San Miguel de Allede, Mexico.
The gallery is located just outside of San Miguel and can be reached by taxi, combining it with a visit to the town of Atotonilco.
Susan and Mayer have put together and exceptional collection of glass and folk art. The owners are knowledgeable and have a very broad understanding of the art that is proudly made in Mexico. Most of the art is displayed with a photo of the artist and the actual piece that is in the gallery. I love this very personal connection. The gallery is situated in a beautiful modern setting that is worth the trip out on it's own, and the warm reception of the owners makes visiting this gallery a delight.

Visited April 2013
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Queretaro, Mexico
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“Best of Mexican folk art & craft under one roof- a Turkish view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Galeria Atotonilco, set in a quiet country location just outside San Miguel de Allende offers an utterly unique experience. It is a sea of colorful and well-chosen pieces of ceramics, textiles, glass, wood and metalwork. The owners, who are welcoming and ready to answer your questions, are both highly knowledgeable experts of their wares and of the artists that they collected them from. I discovered it with the word of mouth and I would in return recommend it as a high quality location to shop and to enjoy the beautiful surroundings it stands.

Visited June 2013
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