- Spot­light: Hid­den Gar­den Art Gallery

Best of Gua­nacaste Show­cased

Howler Magazine - - Featured Contents - by Char­lene Golo­juch

Gua­nacaste is an ex­tra­or­di­nary prov­ince of Costa Rica, where the man­groves meet the oceans, and the jun­gles reach the sandy beaches. It's a land full of lush bio­di­ver­sity, where the lo­cal peo­ple have uniquely captivating folk­lore and tra­di­tions. When tak­ing a scenic drive, you will see mag­nif­i­cent land­scapes, en­counter cat­tle or oxen work­ing the fields, visit mar­ket­places and soak in the cul­ture. Or per­haps you will go snor­kel­ing or div­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the un­der­wa­ter world be­neath us.

Lo­cal artists pay trib­ute to the re­gion and its peo­ple by paint­ing and sculpt­ing these many sights and scenes. Their flair and abil­ity to cap­ture the essence of the coun­try al­lows view­ers to em­bark on a jour­ney through the artists' eyes and souls. The mag­nif­i­cent splen­dor of this north­west­ern prov­ince of Costa Rica and its peo­ple nat­u­rally lends it­self to a per­fect har­mony of col­ors on can­vases, and many artists find a never-end­ing source of in­spi­ra­tion.

But where are all these works of art? For many years, Gua­nacaste lacked a place to show­case the artists that cap­ture this splen­did land. How­ever, in 2010, a fine art gallery opened just 5km from the Liberia air­port. To­day, the Hid­den Gar­den Art Gallery is where the ca­reers of pro­fes­sional, well-es­tab­lished and emerg­ing artists are fol­lowed, and where stu­dents are pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence vis­ual arts, learn about art and artists, and in­crease their abil­ity to ex­press them­selves cre­atively.

“This is def­i­nitely a big change for the re­gion, to have such a space ded­i­cated to the arts,” said res­i­dent artist Car­los Hiller, whose ca­reer be­gan with paint­ing tran­quil im­agery of the dense rain forests and jun­gles of Costa Rica, then later plunged into the sea and mar­veled at the beauty of the Gua­nacaste wa­ters. Now known for his captivating un­der­wa­ter scenes, Hiller was in­stru­men­tal in found­ing the Hid­den Gar­den Art Gallery, whose mis­sion is to ex­plore and ex­pand cul­ture and arts in Gua­nacaste.

Whether it's the trop­i­cal sur­round­ings, the mag­nif­i­cent sea­side sun­set, or the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Gua­nacaste­can peo­ple you en­counter, this stim­u­lat­ing re­gion is wait­ing for you. With more than 60 lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists, the Hid­den

Gar­den Art Gallery em­bod­ies the best of Costa Rica, ex­pressed through art. Stop in for a visit and en­joy the view!

Lo­cal artists pay trib­ute to the re­gion and its peo­ple.

Pho­tos: Su­san Adams

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