Art and Crafts Galleries in Belize
By LAN SLUDER
91 N. Front St.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-5
Established in 1995, the Image Factory under Director Yasser Musa is at 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.
Fine Arts Gallery
1 Fort St. in Tourism Village
Hours: When cruise ships are in port, or by appointment
Stocks original art and prints from a number of Belizean artists including Carolyn Carr and Walter Castillo. Sells primarily to cruise ship tourists.
Belizean Handicraft Market Place (formerly National Handicraft Center)
2 S. Park in Fort George area opposite Memorial Park
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-5, Sat. 8-4
Broad selection of 100% Belizean-made crafts.
Mile 46, Western Hwy.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8-6
Large gift shop with wood carvings, jewelry and some paintings by Carolyn Carr, Manuel Gonzalez Daza and others.
Caribbean Colors Art Gallery
501-206-0206 or 877-809-1659
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8-5
Detroit-born Lee Vanderwalker’s gallery, cafˇ and gift shop has wearable art by Vanderwalker, along with Christmas ornaments, jewelry, jewelry boxes and tiles.
Cooper’s Art Gallery
Hours: Mon. Noon-6, Tue.-Sat. 10-8
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.
Corozal Art Gallery
Reyes Plaza, 4th Ave. and 3rd St. N.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 am “until” or by appointment
Newly opened in mid-2011, the Corozal Art Gallery offers the work of several Belizean artists including Donna Williams and David Terrelong of Corozal, along with art by owner Anne de Strijcker, who signs her paintings “Iver.”
Garinagu Crafts and Art Gallery
46 Oak St. at Tubroose St.
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 St.
Hours: 9-5 Tue.-Sat. (usually closing at Noon-2 for lunch); Sun. 9-Noon
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.
Gales Point village next to Maroon Creole Drum School
American Jill Burgess sells art made from driftwood and bamboo.
Maya Center Women’s Cooperative Crafts Store
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.
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.
Art ‘n Soul
South end of the Sidewalk, Placencia village
Hours: Daily 9-6
Greta Leslie displays and sells her own work, together with that of Nelson Young, Lola Delgado, Omar Sierra and others.
Maya Beach, opposite Green Parrot
Hours: Thu.-Tue. 10-6
No junk here. Long-time Belize resident Jenny Wildman’s gallery cum cafˇ displays the top end of Belizean furniture, crafts, sculpture, textiles and art. Among artists displayed here are Pen Cayetano and Isiah Nicholas.
Fajina Craft Center
Hours: Usually open mornings of market days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)
This co-op run by the Ketchi and Mopan women sells baskets, slate carvings, textiles and embroidered items.
Workshop on Airport Rd. near Tropic Air office at PG airstrip
More than 90 Maya women in eight Toledo villages create hangbags, purses and other items that are sold in local shops and internationally.
Orange Gifts (formerly Caesar’s Place)
Mile 60, Western Hwy.
This roadside gift shop near San Ignacio has a large selection of Belizean and Guatemalan crafts, including wood bowls, wood carvings, masks, and others. There also are Orange Gifts locations in San Pedro and at the Ka’ana Resort in San Ignacio.
Garcia Sisters Tanah Mayan Art Museum
Cristo Rey Rd., San Antonio, Cayo
Hours: Daily 7-7
The Garcia sisters brought back 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.
Cristo Rey Rd., San Antonio, Cayo
Hours: Daily 6-6
Brothers Jose and Javier Maga–a offer their slate carvings, limestone statues, wood carvings and ceramics.
Barrier Reef Dr. at Fido’s
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-6
The first art gallery in Belize, established more than 20 years ago by Londoner Lyndsey Hackston, Belizean Arts today has the largest selection of art by Belizeans and Belize residents of any gallery in the country, with paintings by Walter Castillo, Pen Cayetano, Nelson Young, Leo Vasquez, Piva, Eduardo Garc’a, Curvin Mitchell, Jorge Landero and others. The gallery also carries art by Cuban and other Caribbean artists, along with ceramics, jewelry and other crafts.
Work by Belizean artists reproduced on ceramic tiles.
C. Emmanuel Gallery
Coconut Dr., inside SunBreeze Hotel
Hours: By appointment
Christopher Emmanuel, author of Secrets to Life and other self-help books, operates a small gallery selling his paintings of Maya and Garifuna life.
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:
Blancaneaux Lodge, Mountain Pine Ridge
Jaguar Reef, Hopkins
Ka’ana Resort, Western Hwy., San Ignacio
The Lodge at Chaa Creek, Chial Rd. near San Ignacio
Turtle Inn, Placencia
© Copyright by Lan Sluder 2011