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.
Artists are encouraged to take advantage of the Monte Azul Studio, a quality facility which is equipped with a spectacular Griffen press, screen printing equipment, and private areas.
Monte Azul offers a selection of papers, environmentally friendly Gamblin Colors inks, paints and other fine art implements to facilitate your creative process.
When applying, please specify what your Studio requirements are for your Residency at Monte Azul.
The 2,000 sq. ft. Monte Azul Studio is an airy space situated within steps of primary rainforest. Designed to take full advantage of natural light with its butterfly roof and expansive windows, the Studio features moveable walls to allow maximum flexibility. Equipped with washout areas, and moveable work tables, the space adapts easily to a number of media requirements.
The focal point of the Studio is our 1978 Griffen printing press. This manual and beautifully maintained press features an exceptionally smooth and easy to operate mechanism. The large 39"x 72" (99 x 183 cm) press bed is perfect for almost any type of printmaking, including most types of engraving, etching, monotypes, woodblock, and mixed media work.
Your Casita, like the Studio, is designed to take full advantage of natural light, while also shielding you and your work from the effects of direct sunlight. Offering an indoor work area for your studies, sketches, writing and other light prep work, the Casitas also feature a covered terrace and private garden for outdoor studies.
Monte Azul offers the option for water-based screen printing – a more environmentally friendly option than traditional oil based products. A large selection of aluminum framed screens, darkroom facility, flash dryer, implements, and outdoor washout area makes this a viable option for works on paper, canvas, fabric and mixed media.