Galeria Pacifico
Galeria Pacifico
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Art gallery. Owner Gary Thompson conducts a weekly free Malecon Sculpture walk from October through April. Contact the Gallery for details.
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evenyl
Oceanside, CA100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
What a shame that Tripadvisor doesn't have a separate listing for the Malecon Sculpture Walking Tour. But here goes.
It took several years and a few trips to Puerto Vallarta to fall in love with the sculptures on the Malecon It is a must see and visually captivating. So finally on a trip Dec 2016 I was able to hear the real stories behind the artists work, the challenges, both financial and political, the love stories, facts about the designs and more. The real challenge for me was neuropathy in my feet, a condition where my feet are numb so it is harder to walk. But I was able to make it almost to the very end. Gary Thompson, a thoughtful and caring person leads a group of whoever shows up at 9:30 every Tuesday morning from Nov to April, at the Millennium sculpture next to the Hotel Rosita. Art and history lovers will be entertained and educated. While there were places to sit as Gary explained each sculpture I was hardly ever able to get there in time as I was a slow walker and the group of about 35 already filled the available seating. The two hour walk starts with a 15 to 20 minute mini lecture by the artist of the Millennium, Fernando Banos although he signs his work Mathis Lidice. We were able to sit on chairs provided by the hotel, to listen to many details and Q and A. It sets the mood for the other 16 or so sculptures before ending at Gary's Aldame Street gallery, Galeria Pacifico.
The Millennium sculpture is a memorial to the beginning of the millennium. I had been in PV in 2002 a few days after hurricane Kenna damaged or destroyed much of the waterfront. Many were repaired and many new ones have been added. The sculpture is a curved bronze column starting with creatures from the sea, symbols of Jesus, the evaluation of time and the search for peace. It was first installed in Oct 2001. Some artists have donated their work and others found sponsors to privately contribute to the cost. They are all interesting but some of my favorites are Nostalgia, Inn Search of Reason, Dance of the Dolphins ( a gift of Santa Barbara, California a sister city by artist Bub Bottoms) and Vallarta Dancers.
There are other attractions to entertain us like information about the Huichol Indians art designs in the cement on the walkway and the sand sculptures. Of major interest to me was the Flyers of Papontla Veracruz. High atop a 50 foot pole are 5 men, all Totonaca Indians. One stands on the small platform playing a flute and the other four are connected to a rope by one foot sitting on top in a circle and they decend upside down twirling around the pole. The pole is on the beach so it is very picturesque. Legend has it that about 450 years ago there was a drought in Mesoamerica and the indians did a similar thing praying for rain. Such is the legend! They collect donations after. The other interesting.event was stacking rocks or balanced rocks. I have always thought is was some kind of spiritual prayer.
All this is free except for a donation here and there. The Los Mangos Library is a big supporter of art and culture in PV, only particaly funded by the government. We were asked to support what we could for their cause.
Gary has been leading this tour for over three years Nov to April but his gallery is open year round (July, Aug and Sept by appointment only)
In my opinion this is a top rated event in Puerto Vallarta. for art, for the history, for the entertainment.
Written January 18, 2017
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MOMO644
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
Gary Thompson runs one of the oldest and yet most current and substantial galleries in Vallarta. Hugo Barajas and Brewster Brockman are two of the main artists and they are both amazing with a capital "A"! Royal Blue glass tiles lead you into this eclectic mix of paint, sculpture and glass and metal. Just sayin', this gallery rocks!
Written December 20, 2016
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Amy W
Langdon, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
Excellent, funny, informative, wonderful tour of the sculptures on the Malecon, the highlight of our trip for sure, and it was free! We were asked to consider a donation to the library which we happily did. Loved it, and the gallery was beautiful when we checked it out.
Written November 27, 2015
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Sandy_T010
West Caldwell, NJ233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
Gary Thompson is the best! He also runs the Free Malecon Sculpture Walk on Tuesday mornings and is so knowledgeable about the art, sculptures and the area. His gallery is on the Art Walk on Wednesdays, too. He has a wonderful selection of artwork, paintings, sculptures. Thanks Gary, for sharing your knowledge!!! Your gallery and walk are a must do/see when in Puerto Vallarta!!!
Written November 29, 2014
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Navigate472757
Houston, TX6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
In speaking to Carlos the assistant mgr. I believe he was very helpful in giving us much information on Vallarta. Unfortunately, Mr. Thompson was out of town.
Written July 19, 2021
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Jeff60523
Jarretaderas, Mexico19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
What a pleasant surprise! Gary was a gracious host as we walked the Malecon and learned a tremendous amount about the public art here in Puerto Vallarta on the Thursday evening tour. It was well worth the time and a surprise to be able to participate in supporting the local nonprofit library as well. Can’t recommend this free tour enough! Make time for this gallery and tour! We will bring friends when they visit.
Written March 14, 2019
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Curator-Observer
Michigan312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We don't buy a lot of art, but the gallery was beautiful.. The owner, Gary Thompson, graciously gives two fascinating tours of the malecon sculptures each week in season, and you'll love the stories and his humor. They are free, but you should donate generously to the local library when you have a chance at the end to show your appreciation. His tours were among the highlights of our trip. As a special bonus, he has two of the sculptors (one each tour) discuss their work. If you're older, be aware that he walks at a pretty good clip. I loved his brief political interludes, but not everybody will. But who wouldn't love these tours!
Written March 12, 2019
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TourVallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
Not going to blow your mind, but there are 4 different galleries within a couple blocks. And since they are all small and close knit and near the beach, this is just another gallery worth the visit.
Written October 19, 2017
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John B
Edison, NJ42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017
Owned by Gary Thompson who is the guide for the Tuesday morning art walk along the Malecon, you can always count on a wide variety of paintings and sculptures done by some of Vallarta's best known and best selling artists as well as a friendly visit with a native Seattle man who has wisely and happily chosen to live and work in Vallarta for well over 35 years. If you're a repeat visitor don't be surprised if he remembers your name and where you live. Even if you don't think you're in the market to buy art the shows at his lovely, airy and well lit gallery are an experience worth adding to your trip. He is also a wonderful source of dinner advice. Friendly guy who knows what's happening in town, a great teller of jokes and a beautiful gallery to serve all tastes in art. Can't think of a reason not to stop by.
Written March 10, 2017
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Shelly H
Chicago37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
A nice gallery, exhibiting many fine artists. Try visiting during Wednesday evening Art Walks, when featured artists are there to discuss their work. They are experienced in shipping large artork to the US with proper customs paperwork.
Written February 25, 2017
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