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Art is all around you!
Submitted by dr1guide on February 9, 2010 – 7:14 pmNo Comment

Art-AllaroundTheaters and galleries of Santo Domingo

Art, in Santo Domingo, is, literally, all around you. You just have to look for it. Santo Domingo has a burgeoning art and theater scene, so take advantage. Small theater houses have gained popularity, especially among independent artists and college demo- graphics, and have been the driving force in the resurgence of artistic interests in the city. Larger and more well established theater houses are also popular, giving visitors a great variety of choices for a piece of local culture. For those interested in an intimate setting you can visit Casa de Teatro, where musicians and artists from around the DR and Latin America share their work. Theater enthusiasts can also check out Casa Guloya or Teatro Las Máscaras, in the Zona Colonial. Encuentro Artesanal, ever popular with the “Bohemian” crowd, has frequent shows and is worth checking out just for the ambiance. The National Theater and the Palacio de Bella Artes are more formal.

But what if you don’t have much time, or know exactly where to go, to find good art? You could stray to the lo- cal crafts markets to get a glimpse of some local talent. Or you could opt for Tequia Experience’s Circuito de Galerias Art Tour. Every third Thursday of the month art aficionados get a chance to indulge on some of the country’s best art, while mingling with local art enthusiasts. From the simple and mundane, to the extraordinary, art lovers will enjoy this cultural experience. At RD$200 per person, it’s a steal and a great way to make friends. The tour includes stops at 18 different galleries, around SD, and visitors might even speak to the artists themselves, or purchase a piece to take home.

Art lovers will meet at the Mesa Fine Arts gallery, located on Roberto Pastoriza, at 7pm. This is the meeting point for all the buses. You can choose one of three different art gallery routes. Each route includes 6 galleries to see. Stay as long as you want at each gallery, and once you’re done, step outside and a bus will be there to take you to the next gallery. You can even change routes and enjoy as many galleries as you please. The tour runs until 11pm, plenty of time to get your cultural fix and enjoy the city of Santo Domingo, like few people do!

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