Costa Rica Artists’ Colony for Julia and David

This artist colony offers residencies from  a few weeks to months.  It is located in Costa Rica in Central America and in the middle of a private seventeen acre rainforest. It is about  a twenty five minute drive to the capital San Jose’.  The colony was established in 1998 to honor the memory of the founder’s deceased children.  The environment is described as natural and nurturing.  It is at about 900 feet above sea level and year round temperatures average in the seventy’s.  The culture of Costa Rica is described as peace loving (excluding the drug trafficers). There are a number of museums near by ranging from Pre-Columbian to Modern Art as well as ballet, theatre and opera.  Outdoor activities include visiting volcanos, rain forest, beaches and rivers.  Healthcare is available.  As you can see this sounds more like a vacation than an artist residency.  Artist do not have to compete for residencies but simply make a reservation at an available time.  The artist pays for their time at the colony and studio space is provided.  The colony seems to offer a wonderful retreat atmosphere rather than a stimulating, idea enriching experience.

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