COSTA Rican artist Jorge Araya andNew York businessman Frederick Hintzeare opening Galeria de Arte to share CostaRican culture.The business partners are opening thegallery in Escazú, southwest of San José, toshowcase the works of Araya and otherCosta Rican artists.“The gallery is designed specifically forCosta Rican art,” Araya said.The gallery, which will have its privateopening Saturday and opens to the publicJune 28, will sell paintings, sculptures, candlesand more.“I work in any medium, subject, orsize,” said the artist, who began paintingmore than 24 years ago. He is now a professorof the arts at the UniversidadNacional in Heredia.Though his work is diverse, he said,“when I paint I paint in a Tico style. I amalways looking to transmit our Costa Ricanvalues.”His work caught the eye of AmericanHintze, who bought more than 10 paintingsfrom Araya’s San José gallery. Some ofthese will be on display in the Escazúgallery.“The colors are just brilliant. One thingthat attracted me to Jorge’s art is the color,”Hintze said.The gallery is open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6p.m. Contact the gallery at 228-2516 or [email protected] Learn moreabout Araya at www.jorgearaya.com.