Galleria Dante specializes in original works by contemporary artists as well as recasts of well-known bronze statues. Many of the artists are are Mexican, but they also exhibit works by sculptors from as far away as Pietrasanta, Italy. And new artists are being added all the time!
“We find it hard to believe that it has been 25 years. Our first endeavor was a small Italian trattoria called “Pizza Joe”. It was funded by securing a loan on the only possession left in Michigan: a seven year old DeLorean. In a few short weeks we were able to buy our pizza oven, build our work table, scrub the floors with a tooth brush, and watch over our three year old daughter sleeping in the corner. We were lucky that the third day we opened we had line ups, which was surprising as we had not advertised. Much of the success was due to the recommendation of locals and tourists.
But our biggest supporters back then were the Alaska Airlines employees, who also celebrated 20 years of flying to Vallarta this past November. The flight attendants and pilots found us our first day in business and over the next 2 years even announced over the in-flight intercom that their favorite restaurant in PV was “Pizza Joe”.
So you may ask how we got into the gallery business. We decorated our little restaurant with art that we had collected from Italy and Greece. It was because of the interest in our art collection that we felt we could successfully open an art gallery. We started with the sale of classical European and pre-Columbian reproductions, as well as a few local sculptors. After being a sculpture gallery for many years, we slowly started to add painters. We have been fortunate to work with many talented artists, so the gallery continues to expand, and paintings and sculptures now equally divide the space.”
Galleria Dante is recognized as Vallarta’s largest fine art gallery and sculpture garden. It is quite a spectacular property and planning on spending time here, roaming the building and grounds. And they are currently adding on….a little bird told me about the possibility of a wine bar on the property this Fall/Winter!
More than 55
artists are represented from Mexico including Guillermo Brockmann, Hector Buiges,
Oscar Capache, Gabriel Colunga, Rogelio Diaz, Guillermo
Gomez, Jonás Gutiérrez, Juana Cortez Salazar and Rocio Sanchez.
An eclectic and interesting collection
by Claire and Joe Guarniere, two of the most respected members of the local art
community. There is a charming painting and sculpture garden
and fountains. In my estimation among the most vibrant and best of all
Puerto Vallarta art galleries.
“Some of our artists will be traveling to Europe this summer, some are
preparing for major US and European exhibitions. And we
are making room for some, new and exciting young artists.
Summer is a time for cleaning and rejuvenation! We are currently “open by appointment”, in the summer, but are always at the gallery, from 9 am till noon three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). We will reopen our regular hours on October 1st.
We have spent the last few months updating the website and are 95% complete, so we are celebrating by having a Sale, from now until September 30, 2012
All artists currently exhibiting in Galleria Dante are offering 20% off list prices. The items with an inventory # are listed on the price list. New works are currently listed by price as we change over our database.”
Extra discounts are being offered by the following artists:
25% – Guillermo Brockmann, Gabriel Colunga, Jorge Coste, Carlos Cuevas, Jonas Gutierrez, Rogelio Diaz, Ann Fitzgerald, Nicolas Gomez, Pepe Gutierrez, Marco Antonio Hernandez, Josafat, Linda Kauffmann, Jean-Gabriel Lambert, Nino Magaña, David Mata, Azucena Mendez, Sharon Milligan, Dana O’Donnell, Jesse Reno, Janice Reuland, Leticia Schmidt, Alfonso Soriano, Peter Spataro, Tellosa, Timoteo, Victor Manuel Villarreal, Javier Zzepda, David Zzepda –
10 – 30% Estate Sale:
20 % on all works AND 25% on works older than 2012: Yvan Genest, Miguel angel del Campo, Luis Valui, Cherie Sibley, Alvaro Zardoni
25%:: Edgar Martinez on all small florals
30%: Richard Baker, Hector Buigues, Andie Hathcote,
30 % plus they are donating an additional 10% to charity: Oscar Capeche & Consuelo
Insured world-wide shipping via Federal Express!
Badillo 269, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico 48380