Programs & Facilities
Our new affiliate partner
Over the years, Stewart Gallery has collaborated with MACA in providing artists with a personalized experience to nurture the artists' creative process.
By harnessing the collective power of our complimentary diverse strengths and experiences with MACA, we provide collectors and artists alike with an innovative program designed to offer a deeper appreciation of the creative process and its sources of inspiration.
Artists and collectors alike receive opportunities to participate in, and experience, the spectacular MACA property and have exclusive access to private programs produced between Stewart Gallery and Monte Azul.
To inaugurate this collaboration we are pleased to announce Emanation, a joint partnership featuring the works of Henry Jackson.
24 Hour Studio Facilities
The new Monte Azul Studios, opening December 2023, offer artists 24-hour access to quality facilities that are equipped with a 1978 Griffen large formate press for a number of printmaking techniques, kiln for ceramics and glass, and facilities to explore screen printing, digital arts & photography, theater and movement, writing, painting, and sculpture.
Reconnect and trust the process. Monte Azul Center for the Arts is a customizable experience, giving you permission to play and find inspiration – in the environment as well as within – to rediscover what’s most important to you.
Monte Azul Center for the Arts caters to artists in a number of disciplines. We offer an inclusive residency program, where diversity is a creative advantage.
Support as a Patron Visitor
Monte Azul rotates curated exhibitions at the gallery space located in the Atrium Gallery, as well as in the Visitor Suites, and throughout the grounds.
Works from the collection are inspired by the artists' experiences at the Monte Azul property and produced on-site. The works are available for acquisition, which also helps to underwrite the Fellowship Programs.
About our Master Printmaker
Salomón Isaac Cháves Badilla
Professor of Print Design and Basic Design. Department of Fine Arts, University of Costa Rica
Researcher II Art Research Institute
Master Printer, Conservator, and Principal. Arenal Studio, San José, Costa Rica
Master Printer, Monte Azul Center for the Arts, Costa Rica
PhD Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. Spain.
Certified Conservator, School of Art and Antiques, Madrid. Spain.
BA Educational Sciences with an Emphasis in Teaching, State Distance University, San José, Costa Rica.
BA Fine Arts Engraving. University of Costa Rica, San José.
Cháves is an expert on contemporary and historical printing techniques, having developed and patented through the Univerity of Costa Rica with research performed in Spain and Morocco, the technique of using leather as an engraving surface called corium engraving.
For artists exploring printing techniques, he is available as a Master Printer in any number of techniques and actively recommends collagraph and woodblock for residencies. The immediacy of results with collagraph grants artists the opportunity to use natural materials found in the rainforest at Monte Azul. While onsite, Cháves also recommends woodblock due to the opportunity of working on readily available local tropical hardwoods, such as pochote, coffee wood, guava, among others, that offer a superior working surface and durability.