What better way to spend an August weekend than cruising up to the Questa area to see what’s happening up there? That’s because the Questa Studio Tour is back for 2017 and there’s anticipation for another successful year. Besides the Questa area, the tour includes the communities of Cerro, Sunshine Valley and El Rito/Latir.
The first of the arts and crafts tours in Northern New Mexico, it signals the beginning of how seasonal changes are felt up in Northern New Mexico. According to organizers, last year’s tour saw lots of visitors from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Red River, Texas, Arizona, Colorado and quite a few from the East and West coasts.
Visit artist studios, as well as art hubs at OCHO, ArtQuesta and Rael’s Store. Visitors are invited to experience local arts and crafts, like woodworking, woodcarving, quilting, pottery, painting, drawing, stained glass, along with traditional crafts. The Questa Farmers Market will also be setting up, offering locally grown produce and more for sale.
Organizer Peggy Trigg said, “Participation has remained steady over the years, but locations are changing. It is more centralized.” She added, “It’s almost like an arts crawl.”
Trigg added, “There will be printed maps with brochures at all the locations. We have the more traditional artists at Rael’s Store and the more contemporary ones at OCHO Art Space. We have a little different stops – like Jay’s Unique Thrift Store – hosting artists, St. Anthony’s Church and Serenity. ArtQuesta will be hosting multiple artists, also. A unique multiple studio is Stop No. 9, Mike and Peggy’s. We will have six artists here.”
“Where artistic traditions meet,” the tour’s mission statement, says it all, Trigg said. “We want to bring the whole artistic community together.”
One of the nice things about the tour is how it also represents more than just the small town of Questa.
“We want to showcase the Questa community, as well as artists from nearby communities, like [the] El Rito/Latir area. We’ll also feature artists from the Sunshine Valley. Our hope [is] that this tour can boost the economy and that everyone will profit a bit from it. We hope that it can be an ongoing boost with possible sales or contacts well after the tour is over. It will help bring the community together, highlight the arts, both traditional and contemporary. It’s a great community, rich in art, culture and beauty,” Trigg said.
Come experience the beauty of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the San Luis Valley as we venture into deep August and begin art and studio tour season in Northern New Mexico.
2017 Questa Studio Tour stop and artist list
Roger Harrington – Jeweler/painter
Sandra Harrington – Potter
Mike Coleman – Photography and leatherwork
David Zimmerman – Metalwork
Torre Strong – Leatherwork
Armindo Vigil – Woodworker
Clarence La Coma – Woodworker
Dina Coleman – Paper crafts
Elsie Rael – Crafts
Kathy Donahey – Mixed media/jewelry
Patsy Archuleta- – Jewelry
Ruth Archuleta – Quilter
Dolores Tafoya – Carved paintings
Trudy Gallegos – Pottery
Valarie Ortega – Charms
Peggy Ness – Pastels
Barrie Andrews – Printer
Nina Anthony – Photo manipulation
Beverly Pollack – Silver-fiber arts
Claire Cote – Mixed media
Betsy Peirce – Printmaking
Jean Fray – Printmaking
Jays Unique Thrift Store
Bill Scott – Box guitars
Mathew Hipsher – Birdhouses
Serenity of Questa
The Rev. Wayne Reynolds
Theresa Sandoval – Jewelry
St. Anthony’s Church
The Furniture Barn
Calle del Sol
Mike Ridder – Potter
Peggy Trigg – Painting
Martha Shepp – Computer imagery/mixed media
Diane deFremery – Printmaking/Jewelry
Rebecca Dennis – Jewelry
For more information, visit questastudiotour.com.