This is one of those gallery & store you should visit. In the heart of Pelourinho, inside a heritage listed building, on the corner of Terreiro de Jesus and Cruzeiro de São Francisco squares, stands the recently opened Apoena. Besides the excellent location, on its shelves there are works of great Northeast craftsmen for sale, such as: o papel machê by Carolina Leão; metal sculptures by Patrícia Barros; a great variety of sculptures in colorful mud, of artists like Mestre JC, his son Jan Araújo and Ermes Aquino; there are also many works in clay in elaborate sculptures of Rozalvo de Maragogipinho; and for those who like wood, the excellent work of Marcos de Sertanha, who makes dramatic sculptures of faith and suffering in umbuzeiro wood.
If downstairs the main things are the sacred arts, on the first floor, the gallery is all taken by indigenous art from many parts of the country, all very colorful. And the windows have a great view of the two squares. There are works by Élon Brasil; wooden benches, pictures and embroidered baskets of Moitará and giant straw jars by the artist José Kuripako, from Mato Grosso. It’s definitely worth the ride and the shopping.
Opening hours: every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: (71) 99884-4055
Photos of the place: Fábio Marconi
Loja Apoena, Pelourinho. Foto: Fábio Marconi