Studio tour and history walk set this weekend in Questa

Sandra Harrington at Art Questa gallery and studio, above. (Courtesy Photo / Questa Creatives)
The first of the year’s studio art tours in Northern New Mexico kicks off this weekend with Questa’s 3rd Annual Studio Art Tour, 10 a.m. to -5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 18-19). Artists from Questa and beyond will offer unique works for sale — from hand-carved bultos to exquisite jewelry, stunning photography to paintings, pottery and more.

All the details are on maps at the hubs around town (just look for the signs with flags and balloons), or get your info here.

Over 13 stops make up the tour, including artist studios and easy-to-find hubs where several artists gather at one site. More than 50 artists will represent the old and new creative skills of this historically rugged place. You’ll find the quintessential crafts that isolated New Mexico became known for — carved furniture, religious iconography and tin art, along with crafts perfected by the wave of young seekers in the ’70s, and highly refined paintings, prints, and jewelry by resident artists who show their work around the country. Find them here on their home turf, see where they create, and experience the unbroken artistic heritage.

For a deeper understanding of what makes Questa tick, Saturday morning at 10 a.m. local historian Flavio Cisneros will once again lead visitors on the 1/2 mile route that links the intersection of Hwys 522 and 38 to the historic church plaza. Cisneros will lead walkers along the proposed Questa History & Community Trail route while interpreting sites and views of 6,000 years of history; cultures both Native and Spanish, German and French, unique geology, ancient archaeology, and the devotion that created the recently-restored San Antonio de Padua church. The church is an exhibition stop on the Art Tour, with amazing local art to appreciate, from sconces, to stained glass.

(Courtesy Photo / Questa Creatives)
The studio that created the restoration’s stained glass will be open for the first time, at the rear of the CarQuesta store. Several other stops are new for 2018’s tour. The first stop on the south is Cosas Hermosas, a studio of creatively refinished furniture. Just a bit further into town is the new La Sala, a creative space opened by Farmer’s Market director and Yoga teacher, Gaea McGahee and hosting 3 artists for the weekend.

Art Questa is the lovely gallery that has anchored the south side of the village for many years. Its husband and wife owners, Sandra and Roger Harrington will add more artists to their shady porch for the tour. Roger is the Director of the event, and has seen it grow in size and selection each of its 3 years. Rael’s Market, and the Questa Quilters’ Guild, in the acequia headquarters, bring traditional crafts to the tour, contrasted with the modern and dramatic photography of Nina Anthony showing around the corner at the well-known OCHO art space. OCHO owner, Barrie Andrews, will have her own work on display along with the prints of El Rito artist Betsy Peirce.

View works from Questa Quilters. (Courtesy Photo / Questa Creatives)
On the east side of the village, easy to locate, are the studios of painter Peggy Trigg and potter Mike Ridder. They will host several other artists at their cool spot straddling the acequia.

The Oasis of Lorien is prettily-situated in a lush location in the middle of the El Rito neighborhood, just off Highway 522, 6 miles north of Questa. Nine miles north of the village visit Ute Air, an inspiring residency that hosts dynamic women artists. This season’s guest artist is Lynette Haozous, originally from Taos Pueblo. She is a talented young muralist who is decorating the entryways of the retreat, a real must see for fans of the art-form and everyone else! Also on view at this location is the exquisite pottery of Kathy Morsell, and the hand-carved furniture of Mose Renault, both neighbors in this wide-open Sunshine Valley neighborhood.

Another reason to venture north is the promise of chef-prepared cuisine, refreshing drinks, and music, both at Oasis of Lorien and at Ute Air.

  • Where: Downtown Questa and environs, along Highways 522 and 38.
  • When: From 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19.
  • How: Find maps of the full tour at every location.
  • Info: or phone Roger Harrington at 575-613-2433.

Art by Mary Miller of Red River (Courtesy Photo / Mary Miller)
Creative photography will be featured on the tour. (Courtesy Photo / Questa Creatives)
Chamber Music Concert Saturday (Sept. 1):

Martha Shepp (piano), Rebecca Caron (cello), and Andrea Gore (violin) love to share classical music! (Courtesy Photo / Questa Creatives)
Bring your own bag lunch or just come to listen at this by-donation Chamber Music concert at La Sala, 2331 Hwy 522 (just opposite Art Questa Gallery) Saturday (Sept. 1) at noon.

On the program are excerpts (only the best parts) from works by composers Glinka, Brahms, Haydn, and Clara Schumann.

More info: Contact Martha at (575) 776-7579;

NeoRio 2018, Contemporary Art on the Rim of the Gorge Saturday (Sept. 15):

Montoso Campground, Wild Rivers Recreation Area, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument (Courtesy Photo / Questa Creatives)
Join us for the 10th annual NeoRio outdoor contemporary art and community event (with a great meal and other really fun stuff)! This year, artists and collaborators delve into Roots ~ Raices, exploring the theme from various angles – botanical, cultural, metaphorical and beyond. Featured artists are Scott Sutton (Portland), Kacie Smith (Albuquerque) and UNM students of the immersive Land Arts of the American West program (Albuquerque). Contributing artists are Martha Shepp (Questa) and Nicholette Codding (Portland). Volunteers still welcome to help out with the event; please be in touch!

Read more here.

Fore more info, contact Claire at