Eric Rudd

Eric Rudd is a well-known sculptor/mixed media artist. He works with new technological processes and materials including robotics, theme park rides, industrial spray polyurethanes and blow-molded polycarbonates.  His studio in the Beaver Mill is one of the largest private art studios in the U.S.  He was founding director of the Contemporary Artists Center.  He is the author of The Art Studio/Loft Manual - For Ambitious Artists and Creators and The Art World Dream – Alternative Strategies for Working Artists, and Strategies for Serious Older Artists; He also authored and illustrated The Day Something Strange Happened in Sayulita.

Stories from Eric Rudd

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

There are many magic moments of living or visiting here.  Here's my version of a "top fifteen must-do experiences in Sayulita" list (in no particular order, however).

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

If you are in need of inexpensive Mexican "Equipale" furniture, there's only one place to go-- and it's a terrific overnight adventure.  I normally encourage folks to shop locally, but since we no longer have a furniture store in town, I'm free to offer this fun and practical advice without guilt.

Thursday, April 25th, 2013


Rollie's is a unique act.  The breakfast is pretty darn tasty and Rollie will always offer you extra pancakes, just in case your main portion didn't fill you up!  It's the social morning scene of Sayulita, especially during weekends.  That's why I like to sit downstairs in the main dining room-- to soak up the atmosphere as my pancakes are soaking up the syrup.
Thursday, April 18th, 2013


We have a few women friends who are without partners and who travel by themselves.  It's a world onto itself.   One friend commented that she doesn't like to sit at a restaurant table by herself; she prefers the sit at a bar and possibly converse with whomever.  And of course, single people like to be in an environment where they can meet people and not feel like a 'fifth wheel.'   Sayulita seems to be a perfect destination.
Thursday, April 11th, 2013

For most Sayulita homeowners, a trip to Guadalajara (GDL) is necessary to buy essential house items. If you want really good Mexican ceramic dishes and glassware at very low prices, that's the place to head.  Most tourists stay at Talaquepaque (Hotel La Villa del Ensueno has donated to GPS and is a first class boutique hotel) and then head to one of the funkiest markets in Mexico, just at the far edge of the city, called Tonala.  It's a 'zoo scene,' indeed, but once you get used to it, you'll find all kinds of handcrafted furniture, decorative items, glassware, metal-craft, etc.  -- there's something for everyone.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

When you live here, you get used to things; family and friends who have come before are also used to how the town is.  But someone brand new, visiting our town for the very first time,  has a much different way of seeing Sayulita.

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Like other Sayulita homeowners, when our house was completed about seven or eight years ago, we needed some outdoor patio furniture for our terraces.  Well, after a quick shopping trip, it didn't take long to figure out that Sam's had some nice looking furniture that was half of the price of the upscale places in PV.  You probably have seen the pieces-- white aluminum frame with white, blue, green or orange material-- in chairs and chaises.  When Sam's had them in stock, they sold like Rollie's hotcakes.

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Those of us who live here need transportation.  Those who drove here in their own cars have their own stories and issues-- cars brought in have to leave again.  We flew here so we had no choice.  Our architect/builder said on our very first day that we needed wheels, so he took us to various dealers and we opted for an inexpensive one-year old blue Platina Nissan with 16,000 miles on it and scratches all over.  That was fine with us; we just wanted something that would work and not have to worry about.  We had several wonderful trips around the country in this car.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Don Pedros is nice enough to underwrite the GPS annual Fiesta-Fundraiser, and because of my past involvement, I've spent a number of hours setting up at their Brisa Mar Palapa site at the point.  This is where many of the weddings are held.  On many mornings, you can go there to do yoga in a drop-in class.  Whether you are there for yoga, for a wedding or party or just to get some exercise, it's worth the visit.  The view is exquisite!  It's simply one of the most sublime spots in all of Sayulita. 

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

We live up in the hill with views of ocean, town and jungle.  I love sitting with a glass of wine and gazing around.  The houses pop up from the jungle settings.  Many are perched out from the steep hillsides in order to achieve those breathtaking ocean views. 

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

This is a delicate issue because my friends who own the big restaurants that are paying rent and maintenance do not enjoy seeing fast-sprouting eateries putting tables out in public space for free while taking away valuable parking spaces.    However, I must admit that the streetside tables add a lot of charm to our town.  Of course, it would be fair for the town to collect sizable fees for the use of public space.

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

About a year ago, I wrote about public art and gave some examples of what might happen in Sayulita (you can still read it in ElSayulero's GPS archives).  Unfortunately, government bureaucrats didn't read the article and certainly have little aesthetic sense.  Which is why Sayulita ended up with an entrance gate (one of four installed in the region) and the red metal sculpture on the plaza.

Friday, February 1st, 2013

It's almost a toss up with Don Pedro's (which anchors the beach and is part of every beach shot used in magazines) but I think I'd have to say that the landlmark of Sayulita is Calypso. Give credit to the Rodriguez family and their architect, Ropy. I don't go back as far as many residents, but I still remember when the space that is now Calypso was just a rough hangout for teenagers. It was one of two "not-so-great-second-floor-spaces" facing each other.

Friday, January 25th, 2013

I've stopped writing as president of GPS but I thought I'd continue a column in some form. The question was-- what should be my theme? I'm an artist, so perhaps I could write about aesthetic issues or highlights in town. Sayulita has a lot of attractive features. So many, in fact, that we can almost consider ourselves a "Pueblo Magico."