San Juan's showcase for native arts

Locally created art, crafts, food and more

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Maura Curley

If you walk quickly on Fortaleza Street in Old San Juan you may miss what appears to be a small storefront. It is actually two floors of gallery space brimming with fine art and crafts, native to Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Arts and Crafts, has been a shopping destination in Old San Juan, since it opened over two and ahalf decades ago by Puerto Rico natives Charm and Juan Amador to showcase Charm's ceramics. The couple has since retired to the states, and the business is now run by their son Tony Amador.

Visitors will find colorful displays of Puerto Rican regional masks, paper mache produced in Ponce and the gourd and coconut variety from Luisa, as well as collections of native delicacies such as galletites de allendrea - almond cookies - and manteceditos, a Latin shortbread, Puerto Rican coffee and cigars.

The first floor houses an eclectic collection of ceramic, glass and wood pieces, jewelry fashioned from brass, glass, enamel, and coconut shells.

In the interior and second floor original art in oil and acrylic, silkscreen and limited edition prints are displayed.

Amador says everything in the store is made in Puerto Rico, and represents very well known artists, as well as some rising stars

Photo: Local wire sculpture by Paco Caban. Virgin photo by Maura Curley

Maura Curley is the publisher and senior writer for

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