Art & Craft Galleries

Updated February 2016

 

 

Although Belize does not have the great crafts tradition of indigenous cultures in neighboring Guatemala and Mexico, it offers art, art prints and photography by native Belizean artists or by modern artists living in Belize. It also has some authentic Maya textile, slate and ceramic crafts as well as sculptures carved from Belizean hardwoods. In addition to these galleries, many individual artists and craftspeople in Belize sell their work at stands or from their homes. Some are listed on the website www.crafts.bz. Some artists and galleries have only Facebook pages, which we generally do not include. Here are some of the best places to find quality art and crafts in Belize:

 

AMBERGRIS CAYE

Belizean Arts

Barrier Reef Drive at Fido’s, San Pedro

501-226-3019

www.belizeanarts.com

Hours: Open daily “until late”

Reportedly this was the first art gallery in Belize, established more than 20 years ago by Londoner Lyndsey Hackston, Belizean Arts today has a large selection of art by Belizeans and Belize residents, with paintings by Walter Castillo, Pen Cayetano, Nelson Young, Leo Vasquez, Piva, Eduardo García, Curvin Mitchell, Jorge Landero and others. The gallery also carries art by Cuban and other Caribbean artists, along with ceramics, jewelry and other crafts.

 

Belizean Melody Art Gallery

Barrier Reef Drive near The Phoenix Resort

501-631-47481 Hours:

Various hours Mon.-Sat.

Art gallery and paint studio, with paintings, prints and jewelry. It’s also a “paint-your-own” studio.

 

The Gallery of San Pedro

Pescador Drive (Middle Street), across from post office, San Pedro

501-226-4304

www.thegallerysp.com  

Hours:  9-6 Mon.-Sat., 9-3 Sun.

Large selection of Belizean art and crafts from all over the country. The gallery says it has 1,800 paintings and 800 carvings, plus hammocks and other gift items.

 

BELIZE CITY

Image Factory

91 North Front Street

www.imagefactorybelize.com

501-223-1149

Hours:  Mon.-Fri. 9-5

Established in 1995, the Image Factory under Director Yasser Musa  became the center of Belize’s art and cultural scene. The Image Factory has shows featuring Belize’s top artists and writers and regularly exhibits around 15 artists. It also has a good selection of books on Belize for sale.

 

BELMOPAN

Art Box

Mile 46, George Price Highway

501-822-2233

www.artboxbz.com

Hours:  Mon.-Sat. 8-6

Large gift shop with wood carvings, jewelry and some paintings by Carolyn Carr, Manuel Gonzalez Daza and others. The Art Box will ship to the U.S. and elsewhere. As of this writing, the Art Box was for sale but still operating.

 

CAYE CAULKER

Caribbean Colors Art Gallery

Avenue Hicacao, Caye Caulker

501-226-0206 or 877-809-1659

www.caribbean-colors.com

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8-5

Lee Vanderwalker’s gallery, café and gift shop has wearable art by Vanderwalker, along with Christmas ornaments, jewelry, jewelry boxes and tiles.

 

Debbie Cooper’s Art Gallery

4 Mangle Avenue near airstrip, Caye Caulker

501-226-0330

www.debbiecooper.artspan.com

Hours: Vary – call to ask

Co-owner Debbie Cooper, who spent years living in Hawaii, sells her own paintings and prints here, together with work by Walter Castillo, Nelson Young and other artists.

 

DANGRIGA

Besides art, Dangriga along with Hopkins and Punta Gorda offer Garifuna drumming schools, and authentic Garifuna drums may be available for sale.

 

Garinagu Crafts and Art Gallery

46 Oak Street at Tubroose Street

501-522-2596

Hours:  Mon.-Fri. 8:30-6

Owner Francis Swaso, a Garifuna art and culture expert, offers handmade Garifuna drums, dolls, wood carvings and masks.

 

Pen Cayetano Studio Gallery

3 Aranda Crescent at Gallery Street

501-628-6807

 www.cayetano.de

Hours:  9-5 Mon.-Fri., weekends by appointment

Admission US$2.50

Dangriga native Cayetano’s well-known impressionist paintings depict Garifuna culture. Also sold here are CDs from Cayetano’s band and needlework and other art by other members of the Cayetano family.

 

MAYA CENTER

Maya Center Women’s Cooperative Crafts Store

Southern Highway at entrance to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Hours: Daily 7:30-4:30

Baskets, slate carvings, masks, bowls, wood carvings and knick-knacks made by local Mopan women are sold at fair prices in this co-op.

 

PLACENCIA PENINSULA

Art ‘n Soul

South end of the Sidewalk, Placencia village

501-503-3088

Hours: 9-6 Mon.-Sat.

Greta Leslie displays and sells her own work, together with that of Nelson Young, Lola Delgado, Omar Sierra and others. 

 

Art Affair Gallery -- Mermaid Charms

Main Road, Placencia village

501-604-1906

Mostly jewelry.

 

Lola’s Art

Seine Bight

501-6523-3342

Hours:  Daily 7-6

Belize City native Lola Delgado displays and sells her own bold, strongly colored paintings of Garifuna women and Belizean seascapes, primitive in some ways but strangely appealing.

 

Spectarte

Placencia Road, Maya Beach, opposite Green Parrot

501-523-8019

Hours:  Thu.-Tue. 10-6

This gallery with café and B&B displays the top end of Belizean furniture, crafts, sculpture, textiles and art.

 

Treasure Box

Main Road, Placencia village

501-503-3145 

This shop near the soccer field has interesting jewelry, some made from the lionfish that is devastating local fish species, along with art and other items.

 

PUNTA GORDA

Fajina Craft Center

Front Street, Punta Gorda

501-600-9353

This co-op has Maya crafts, chocolates and other items. 

 

Maya Bags

www.mayabags.org

Airport Road near Tropic Air office at PG airstrip; main office in Manhattan, New York

Maya Bags contracts with nearly 100 Maya women in Toledo to make fabric and leather handbags, shoulder bags, clutches, weekend bags, home decor items and other crafts, then sells them on-line and in stores in the U.S. and elsewhere.

 

SAN IGNACIO/CAYO

Bamboo Crafts & Furniture

Benque Road/George Price Highway, between San Ignacio and Benque Viejo del Carmen

501-630-2673

Rustic bamboo crafts and furniture made in small factory in Belize.

 

Sak Tunich/Maya First

Cristo Rey Road, San Antonio, Cayo

Hours:  9-6 Daily

Two brothers and their Maya family offer their slate carvings, limestone statues, wood carvings and ceramics. Across the road they also have a project to save the “Royal Rat” (the paca or gibnut).

 

Tanah Mayan Art Museum

Cristo Rey Road, San Antonio, Cayo

501-820—4023 or 501-669-4023

Hours:  Daily 8-6

The Garcia sisters brought back to Belize the Maya art of slate carvings, and many beautiful examples are on display and for sale here (most of the slate comes from the Mountain Pine Ridge) along with limestone statues. The Garcia sisters did the bar top in the bar at Blancaneaux Lodge.

 

The Orange Gallery (formerly Caesar’s Place)

Mile 60, George Price Highway

501-824-2341

www.orangegifts.com

This roadside gift shop near San Ignacio has a large selection of Belizean and Guatemalan crafts, including wood bowls, wood carvings from rosewood, mahogany, cabbagebark, poisonwood, zericote, purpleheart, jobillo and other Belizean hardwoods, masks and others. The gallery will ship to the U.S. and elsewhere.

 

Art and Crafts at Hotel Gift Shops

In addition to these galleries, gift shops at some Belize hotels and lodges sell Belize crafts and a limited amount of art. Among notable hotel gift shops with art and crafts are these:

 

Banana Bank Lodge, near Belmopan City

Blancaneaux Lodge, Mountain Pine Ridge

Hamanasi, Hopkins

Ka’ana Resort, George Price Highway, San Ignacio

The Lodge at Chaa Creek, Chial Road near San Ignacio

Turtle Inn, Placencia

 

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