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Art that Illuminates

By Fritz Elmendorf
Pictures Pinar Istek


Local artists were given an opportunity to show their talent amid a festive setting at the Honali Beach House restaurant March 12, with featured artist Sam Schwartz showing his illuminated hand-blown glass orbs that floated mystically in the restaurant pool.

An estimated 160 people attended the event, easily absorbed in pool lounges and under roof in the spacious restaurant. Curator Nina Arias, who created the unique Nosara event, said "This party (themed 'Illuminations') includes all the artists in town, no exclusions of any kind."

Schwartz, with an art degree from the University of Oregon, creates beautiful glass objections, including the blue orbs that are lit from within by small LED lights. He said the blue glass reminds him of the ocean that he grew up next to in Oregon. He used silver to add moon coloration to the globes, with the internal light representing the light of the full moon. He said he was inspired by the idea of 'purity' and he brought 52 of the orbs with him from the U.S.

Last year, his glasswork was exposed at the Alex Grey Gallery in New York and he says he is trying to take it to Venice and possibly other locations across the globe.

Arias said she is ready to plan another similar event and would like to see it become more of a festival. "I want to invite all kinds of artists in Nosara, locals and tourists as well. There are many tourists that come here that are also amazing artists," she noted.

The party was entertained by the band "El Cuarteto Errante" comprised of musicians from Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Their style of music, according to vocalist David Ramirez (Colombia), is "Salsa muffing and Cumbia son". These whimsical definitions are a creation/ play of words, but at the same time show the creative and fun spirit of the band. They were touring in Costa Rica for four months, and now they are on their way to Mexico. They have their own songs and also perform covers of the Cuban Band Buena Vista Social Club.

Singer-songwriter Jennifer Stone also played from her sultry set list, with Ashley Laux providing some backup harmonization.

A close-up of the globes that artist, Sam Schwartz created  
Laura Cano Sepúlveda impressed everyone with her dance with fire. She is also an artesan.  
El Cuarteto Errante  

Honali Beach Bar was the venue for this art event

Exhibiting their paintings were Jane Coe, who in addition to canvas and murals uses 'found' objects from the beach to show her life-like scenes from the shore, and Andrew Jacob who creates artistic signs from beach driftwood.

Other artists included "Live Tatoo" tatooist Alex Santeiro as well as Yesim Gumus who provided 'Coffee Cup Readings' from the Turkish coffee she brewed.


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