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Galleria Dante Gets a Face Lift
Snowbirds returning to Puerto Vallarta this winter will be pleasantly surprised by a new and improved Galleria Dante. Founded over 30 years ago by Joe and Claire Guarniere, the gallery has grown to become a required stop for art-loving tourists and locals looking for quality pieces to decorate their homes. Through the passing of time, however, remodeling the main building gradually went from aspiration to a priority and gutting the entire structure ultimately became more feasible. “Our roof was damaged by construction and we couldn’t have made it through another rain season,” commented Claire. Once the project is concluded, Galleria Dante will feature a two-story, air-conditioned exhibition space, a conference room, and expanded wine cellar for their DiVino Dante restaurant, next door. In the meantime, adjacent areas of the gallery are open for business

Mexico Adds Three Long Weekends to Calendar
Mexico’s Education and Tourism Secretaries have agreed on adding three long weekends to the upcoming school year in hopes of increasing tourism-based revenue throughout the country. The three new puentes, as they are called locally (bridges, in English) will be September 13-16, April 30-May 5, 2020 and May 15-17, 2020.

What about education? INEGI, Mexico’s Statistics and Geography Institute, has determined that Mexican nationals reach an average education level equivalent to high school, while the United Nation’s 2015 Education Index Report places the country in 101st place, worldwide—Australia, Denmark and New Zealand in first, second and third place, respectively.

Local Hotel Provides Exhibition Space
Hotel Tropicus, a fairly new hotel in Puerto Vallarta’s Emiliano Zapata Neighborhood (on Insurgentes St., across from Farmacia Guadalajara) is welcoming submissions by local artists. “We think of our hotel as a canvas,” commented partner/manager Noe Lucatero. The hotel features 24 rooms, for which two local artists have been commissioned to create mirrors using paper mache and collage techniques. Rather than tearing down the property and build something new, the owners are keen on preserving a traditional neighborhood building and repurposing materials wherever possible. This can be evidenced in their lobby area, where old doors are used to adorn walls, next to a stunning mural, created by local artist, Tony Collantez. Interested artists can email HotelTropicus@gmail.com for more information.