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Posted by on July 6th, 2017 with 0 Comments

A workshop with visiting artist Liora Mondlak at Hollie Heller’s oceanfront studio designed for artists and writers, and those interested in exploring the connections between images and text.

To create our mixed-media books we’ll re-purpose and re-imagine materials such as photos, maps, text, fabric, etc.  We’ll have fun with techniques such as printmaking, sewing, collage, and image transfers. By creating a collection of beautiful “pages” we will be able to assemble unique hand-crafted books.

Working with the haiku poem as our model, we will fashion small works of art in the form of artists books that incorporate imagery and words. Through a variety of prompts, students will create poetic works of art in the form of  unique books, using materials from the studio and those found in our environment.

The results will be layered and always unexpected. We each have our stories to tell, as well as an innate curiosity about each other’s stories. We’ll work individually and collaboratively to summon those stories, and transform them along the way. Come explore your inner artist as well as your inner poet in an inspiring and magical setting.

Liora Mondlak is a poet and visual artist. She grew up in Mexico and, as a teenager, moved to New York City, where she teaches art and poetry workshops. You can view her work on her website:


February 19-23, 2018

ALL OF THIS in one of the most breathtaking art studio locations –  THE PACIFIC COAST OF COSTA RICA IT REALLY DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS!!   Just steps from the studio, watch the sunset over the Pacific every evening

  •  5 days 0f discussions about inspiration, composition, color schemes and working on a group of related pieces simultaneouslyhouse
  • Demonstrations of numerous surface design techniques using a variety of dyes, paints, papers and fabrics
  • Learn how to combine and layer mediums and surfaces for unique effects
 Come to Costa Rica and share Hollie Heller’s studio! Use this experience of “art making decadence,” in this this exotic location to rejuvenate and inspire, a place of restoration to generate fresh ideas and offer new approaches to thinking intuitively and making art within a small group of artists. Come with a project in mind or as a blank canvas. Develop your vision and receive input from others that may inspire new directions. Soak in the environment and make art! Group discussions sharing our art making processes and inspirations will promote dynamic creative dialogues that will be integrated into each day.


Join visiting artist Liora Mondlak  at Hollie’s beautiful ocean front studio. This workshop will be an exploration of the warmth and colors of Costa Rica and the mysteries which lie in the unique northern Guanacaste region. There will be guided exercises as well as afternoons working at your own pace. Plan for daily walks on the beach, amazing sunsets and food. This is an intimate retreat, so please sign up as soon as you can, since space is limited. There is a wide range of lodging options in the area and we’ve created several packages with hosts in the area. RETREAT PRICE: $950

sunset-on-pacificTRAVEL DETAILS:
Airfare: Flights to Costa Rica are reasonable but a bit higher priced during the winter months. You fly into Liberia and we will arrange a shuttle pick up.

Airport Shuttle: We will help arrange a shuttle from Liberia to Tamarindo.

Lodging: Contact RPM (Residential Property Management) in Tamarindo, Calle Luna or Casas de Suenos. There are many options for lodging depending on price and luxury.

Calle Luna: (boutique hotel just down the lane)

Sueno del Mar: (a beautiful bed and breakfast just a few steps away)
RPM: Contact Lola: (a variety of rentals to suit your budget)

Hotel Nahua.  506-2653-1033

Art Retreat Tamarindo on property rental (limited availablity) – 1 casita, a shared room $75 a night ea. and private on the property $150 a night.  Please email me to inquire about availability.

Surfing: Costa Rica Surf Adventures offers custom lessons for all ages and abilities. Most of the into level surfing is very close to Hollie’s studio and town.

12715704_1044611955562167_1858460591723087725_nFly into Liberia and shuttle to the beach town of Tamarindo. Let us know when you arrive and we will help coordinate shuttles from the airport to your lodging.


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