Panama City’s best high-end art gallery is Imagen (Calle 50 and Calle 77, tel. 226-8989, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat.). It’s in a lovely old building and the staff is gracious. It’s small, but it’s a good place to go just to get a sense of what’s happening in the local art scene.
Habitante (Calle Uruguay, tel. 264-6470, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat.), in the Calle Uruguay nightlife area, is also small, but less interesting, though it’s certainly more central.
Mateo Sariel (Vía Porras and Calle 66 Este, tel. 270-2404, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri.), though also well known, often feels more like a framing shop than an art gallery, though those willing to rummage around he piles of paintings sometimes unearth a find.
The hippest of the new art galleries sprouting up in Casco Viejo is the Diablo Rosso café/art gallery (#11, Avenida A and Calle 7, tel. 228-4833 or 228-4837, www.diablorosso.com). It frequently hosts after-hours art shows and events.
© William Friar from Moon Panama, 3rd Edition