Coco Capsule

January 20, 2011

By definition, original art is unique, a one-of-a-kind interpretation of feelings transferred by human hand to a dimensional surface. And there are few better places in Costa Rica to see quality art on display and for sale than Hidden Garden Art Gallery.

Located on the north side of Highway 21, five kilometers west of the Liberia airport, Hidden Garden is a must-visit for those wanting a singularly special souvenir, quality home decor or further exploration of the various styles of artists working and living in Guanacaste. Housed in what appears to be a spacious home with lush gardens, the gallery features the permanent exhibit of artist Carlos Hiller and an average of some 25 artists working in a variety of media, including photography. In addition to art that is purely visual, the gallery offers wood and metal sculptures. Art is shown in a series of museum-style rooms, many with large windows opening onto the patios and lawns beyond, and it is not unusual to find artists on site, often working on new projects.

Since taking over Hidden Garden in April 2010, Greg Golojuch has expanded the gallery’s scope while keeping in place the popular Saturday market where local vendors sell their wares, including goat cheeses, natural beauty and cleaning products, homemade pastries, handcrafted jewelry, vintage clothing and other items. Lunch is also available on Saturdays. Greg is making plans to offer classes in painting and other disciplines, as well as to offer the space for public and private events. While many have found Hidden Garden a convenient stop while traveling to or from Liberia or the airport, a growing number of residents and tourists are now viewing the gallery as a focus destination to add additional depth and understanding of our community.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. For information, call 8386-6872 or 8386-6968 or visit hidden garden.thevanstonegroup.com. Look for announcements of new openings and special events in The Tico Times’ Calendar pages and at infoelcoco.com.

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