San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

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Thanks to its beauty in the form of mountains, beaches, wildlife and people, Guanacaste has long been a magnet for artists from around the world. In the last two years, Greg and Charlene Golojuch have created a series of indoor and outdoor spaces to display and sell art as well as to expose the public to the myriad of forms, shapes and colors created by those who love it here.

Since taking over the Hidden Garden Art Gallery in April 2010, the couple has worked diligently to expand the scope and meaning of the popular gathering place to now include the work of more than 60 artists, roughly a fifth of whom are expats living in Costa Rica.

The pieces were all created in Costa Rica, and the gallery continues to be anchored by internationally known painter, Carlos Hiller. Visitors will also find work in every medium imaginable and in every form for display both inside and out. Some of the art is kinetic and some even produces sound. In short, the Hidden Garden Art Gallery has become a destination for those visiting the region, and it is increasingly mentioned in travel publications and magazines.

The gallery is also a focal point for collectors, decorators and people seeking art for their homes and businesses. There’s something for everyone and for every mood. I was surprised to be attracted to some of the fun, childlike work, and at the same time deeply impressed by the sultriness of a series of large paintings appropriate for a top-tier cocktail lounge. The price range makes the gallery attractive for buyers looking for a meaningful souvenir or a significant work of museum quality. Greg and Charlene have extensive knowledge of each of the artists that they share with visitors and prospective buyers of the art, which is invaluable.

The Hidden Garden Art Gallery is a find that any region in the world would be proud to call its own, and we have a fantastic opportunity to enjoy it.

The gallery is located five kilometers west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, on the same side of the road. It is open Tu.-Sa., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., or by appointment. Telephone: 8386-6872/8386-6968. Website:

–Kent Carthey

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