Many expats never have heard of the Galería Nacional in the Centro Costarricense de Ciencia y Cultura. But almost immediately they recognize the location when told that these facilities are adjacent to the Museo de los Niños.
The imposing former prison resembles a castle as it looks down on Avenida 9 in north San Jose. In fact, the whole facility is called the castle of dreams.
The staffers at the Galería Nacional are quick to object if someone equates them to the museum. They are separate facilities with different aims. The gallery is a major player in the Costa Rican adult art scene.
Until March 16, the featured exposition is “La Suerte de un Pajarito,” exhibiting the multi-media works of Heredia art professor Mirta Castro. The artist said that the bird or pajaro is a metaphor for suerteor luck, said the museum. She explores themes of emotions and favorable qualities such as happiness.
Ms. Castro has been a professional artist for 18 years, and has 13 works on display from paintings and sculptures to drawings. Many of her sculptures are made with found material, including leaves and wood, said the museum. The theme of nature runs throughout.
The Galería is open during the week from 8 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Admission is free.