The Chalk Art and Murals of Puerto Vallarta 2018

Chalk art from the 2018 Madonnari Festival in Puerto Vallarta featuring a shaman and his spirit animal.

Half the fun of travel is coming upon the unexpected. Peggy and I were walking across Puerto Vallarta’s main square when we came across a number of people creating chalk art. We had happened upon the annual Madonnari Art Festival that the town shares with its sister city of Santa Barbara, California. Category competition ranged from children to adults. Here are a few of the highlights. 

This was the young woman who was working on the shaman featured above.
Young people were working under colorful umbrellas to finish their work.
Which included these colorful fish.
A pregnant woman provided quite a contrast.
Not sure you would want this guy around your baby!
I liked the colorful flowers this young woman wore.
A close up. Peggy and I visited the area a few days later to take more photos. Time was beginning to impact the chalk art, reflecting its impermanence.
Another artist worked on his masterpiece. I admired the young boy’s look of surprise or wonder..
A masked woman…
And finally, never trust a smiling shark.

Mural art shares a lot with chalk art, both in terms of its limited time frame and spontaneity. Peggy and I revisited a number of the murals we had seen in past visits to Puerto Vallarta plus discovered some new ones. 

This was an old favorite…
I decided it would be fun to render the mural in black and white. I liked the results. I believe the symbolism represents Huichol art, which I will be doing a post on.
Nice kitty!
Realistic cow and moth.
Rather scary shaman/animal.
An interesting decoration for a woman’s restroom. Just how bad do you have to go to face up to a devil fish and devils?
A closer look.
Senior Iguana plays a banjo while an excited frog jumps out of the lake.
We found a couple of black and white murals.
This one reminded me of the popular books where you fill in the colors.
This was part of the same mural.
Shaman woman rising out of a lake, possibly working a little magic on you.
A woman/shaman with a coyote mask?
I’ll conclude today with this native woman who is holding a fawn.

NEXT POST:  I head south on the PCT from Carson Pass, which is named after the explorer Kit Carson, who happened to be caught in a snow storm starving on his first trip across the pass. He reported that dog and dried peas made a tasty treat. I don’t know if I would trust the word of a starving man, however.

20 thoughts on “The Chalk Art and Murals of Puerto Vallarta 2018

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  2. The impermanence is part of the fun. It makes me think of our sand castles, or the sand art of Diwali. Now that I think of it, ice and snow sculptures qualify, too, although they’re a far cry (or a far season) from what you found here. As for the fish in the fourth photo? The first thing that came to mind is a song that’s big among the younger set these days. The really younger set! I dare you not to like it!

    • The really younger set. Laughing. Yep, the generation of sharks is pretty funny.
      Lots of sand castles in Puerto Vallarta. And we have spent a fair amount of time with our grandkids building sand castles and watching the tide take them out.
      Come to think of it, I’ve spent a fair amount of time admiring impermanent art, especially at Burning Man. But I was also really impressed with the International ice carving contest I attended in Fairbanks, Alaska a couple of years ago. –Curt

  3. Great stuff! Absolutely stunning what they can do with chalk on pavement. I like the idea of impermanence. If I could find it, there’s a video of a guy who seemingly comes out every year to Bandon beach and draws a beautiful maze in the sand (at low tide) and people walk along it until the tide comes in. I imagine it’s quite meditative. (found it:

  4. We have a chalk walk competition in Knoxville, and, although I admire the art done while hunched over in the the hot sun, I’m not sure I understand why artists spend all that time on something that will be washed away in a matter of days. But no where else can you get to see this elusive but colorful art that takes time and effort beyond what I would be willing to give. Thanks for sharing.

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