On March 30th, 2015, Galeria Rancho Santana opened its doors within The Inn at Rancho Santana, a stylish hideaway within the larger seaside community which boasts 2,700 acres of breathtaking terrain along two miles of Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. As the final phase of the highly anticipated Inn, the gallery space shares the inspired architectural design conceived by Rancho Santana as “agrarian meets coastal.” The craftsmanship of custom wooden door and window framing, flooring, and furnishings by “the ranch’s” own Mill Works bring a subtle but wholesome authenticity to the expectedly cool and clean showroom. Of course the space is merely a lovely palette for what is sure to satisfy the avid art sophisticate.
Central American Modernism has long been overlooked not because of a lack of talent, but rather a lack of platform from which to reach people. Galeria Rancho Santana, curated by Ford Fine Art, plans to play a large part in changing that for the art world. Ford Fine Art has been instrumental in sharing the masters of Latin American fine art and established artists from Central America out of its Delray Beach gallery, and also showcasing them on some of the world’s most important cultural stages such as Art Basel Week in Miami Beach. With its opening, Galeria Rancho Santana will be pivotal to the art scene in Nicaragua. In fact, the gallery intends to build the most important collection of Central American Masters anywhere on the planet.
Ford Fine Art was also responsible for an incredible wealth of artwork throughout all of The Inn’s accommodations and public spaces – and nearly all of it is original work inspired by the property, its history and the Nicaraguan heritage. The 17 guestrooms and suites have large original canvases of abstracted seascapes and trees by Alejandro Villalobos, monotypes inspired by the local flora and fauna, while Lorena Villalobos’s elegantly detailed prints are grouped over the headboards. Glyph paintings by Armando Mejia, inspired by the ancient cave drawings of Nicaragua, fill out the room decor and corridors. And along the breeze ways, The Inn showcases the unique craftsmanship of Maria Renee Perez’s collages of sea glass and reclaimed wood as well as her series of brightly painted wooden doors representative of the portals of old Granada.
The oceanfront, indoor-outdoor lounge features two large maps by Caribbean coast artist Augusto Silva; one of Nicaragua, and the other Rancho Santana. The corridors are adorned with oversize custom pieces sized to suit the soaring pitched ceilings. Other public areas have works by Denis Nunez, Javier Valle-Perez, Marcia Salas and several other contemporary artists that lead to the new gallery. Some of the most esteemed works from Nicaragua were procured by Ford Fine Art in partnership with the Managua-based gallery, Galeria Pleyades, and curator Joaquin Gomez who will loan several coveted pieces from its space. Exhibited artists will include distinguished figures such as Armando Morales, Benjamin Canas, Alejandro Arostegui, Hugo Palma, Diego Rivera, Francisco Toledo, Roberto Matta, and Wifredo Lam.
The Inn at Rancho Santana
Conceived as a stylish hideaway within the larger ranch, it is rustic but elegant. It is rugged but romantic. It is sophisticated but cool. The two-story inn – which also features its own art gallery, courtyard, café, and lounge – is just steps from Playa Santana, one of the ranch’s five beaches. Each of the 17 handsomely appointed guestrooms and suites, ranging in size from 350-850 square feet, are spacious but inviting. Decidedly down-to-earth, and yet overwhelmingly beautiful – the rooms are much like the ranch itself. The interiors were imagined as a collection of four schemes that reflect different distinctive natural elements; earth, water, air, and fire. And though no two suites are the same, together they are a seamless and thoughtful portrait of life through the soulful eyes of Rancho Santana. Rancho Santana is privately owned and operated under Tola Development Corp. www.ranchosantana.com