Visual Artists: Costa Rica's Hotel Belmar Launches Open Call For Artist Residency Program

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Visual Artists:
Costa Rica's Hotel Belmar Launches Open Call For Artist Residency Program

The sustainable boutique hotel welcomes artists to be inspired by nature

MONTEVERDE, Costa Rica – Hotel Belmar, a leading eco-focused boutique hotel located in the cloud forest of Monteverde, Costa Rica, is launching an open call for its Artist Residency Program. The program brings established and emerging artists to the hotel to discover the wonders of the cloud forest and create art inspired by nature.

Hotel Belmar, Costa Rica
Hotel Belmar, Costa Rica

About the Program

Hotel Belmar’s Artist Residency Program takes place four times per year, welcoming one or more artists per session for a three-week retreat where they can create and share their work with hotel guests, staff members, as well as the local community.  

“Hotel Belmar’s Artist Residency bridges the artistic spark with Monteverde’s natural exuberance and the uniqueness of a travel experience,” said Pedro Belmar, General Manager of Hotel Belmar.

“The selected artist is encouraged to enjoy the area’s forest, eco-diversity, and daily flow all while immersed in a hospitality setting that is by nature transient, but that elicits a sense of balance, elegance, and community. The hotel’s spaces become a vibrant studio where the artist influences visitors, staff and local residents, and the latter three influence the artist’s output.”

Hotel Belmar, Costa Rica
Hotel Belmar, Costa Rica

The hotel hosts artists who work in a variety of disciplines and mediums, from painting and sculpture to writing and more, and coordinates open studio hours where guests, staff and the public visit the artist in residence to talk about the works in progress. In addition, the hotel organizes two art workshops and one final art exhibition at the conclusion of the residency to showcase the artist’s work within the local community.

“We’re proud to be able to provide a meaningful platform for artists to share their artistic process,” continued Belmar. “We have a special place to offer artists a one-of-a-kind setting to encourage artistic exploration and creative experimentation. We’re thrilled to be able to bring this program back and look forward to adding to our growing collection with new artists this year.”

Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the program relaunched in June 2022 when the hotel welcomed the Wimblu art collective and with them, a total of eight artists have participated in Hotel Belmar’s Artist Residency Program since its inception, including New York based painter Emilia Olsen, Costa Rican painter Fabian Monge, Costa Rican writers Diego van der Laat and Christine Raine, and Austrian sculptor Bjorn Jelinek. Artworks from previous residences can be found throughout the hotel.

Hotel Belmar, Costa Rica

About Hotel Belmar

Recently named one of the Top 100 Hotels in the World as well as one of the 10 Best Resorts in Central America by Travel + Leisure magazine, Hotel Belmar is the 37-year flagship hotel of the Monteverde region located in the cloud forest of Costa Rica. 

A pioneer of tourism in the region and a leader in eco-tourism, Hotel Belmar is a family-owned independent property featuring 26 elegant guest rooms and suites, a farm to table restaurant, a bar, a juice bar and tearoom, an organic garden, a spring water pond, a sun deck, a microbrewery, a food store and a jacuzzi. 

As part of Hotel Belmar’s hospitality offerings, the SAVIA private reserve and Finca Madre Tierra will offer guests a perfect place for a highly personalized organic connection to nature. 

Two thirds of the hotel’s beautiful 3.5-hectare (9-acre) property is composed of pristine cloud forest, including a stream, waterfall, and pond. Our forest is home to many endangered species and was included in 2011 in the National Network of Private Preserves. It is also a part of the Bellbird Biological Corridor, a natural corridor to afor the communication of the lowland forests with the temperate cloud forest. The hotel has a short self-guided trail for guests to explore. Ave Del Sol – Trail Guide 

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