Visit creative friends and neighbors at Questa Studio Tour

By Anna Racicot
Posted 8/14/19

For a spell of artistic exploration, the Questa Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 17-18) offers a surprising variety of both crafts and fine arts, according to coordinator Peggy Trigg. …

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Visit creative friends and neighbors at Questa Studio Tour


For a spell of artistic exploration, the Questa Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 17-18) offers a surprising variety of both crafts and fine arts, according to coordinator Peggy Trigg. Visitors will see jewelry, paintings and handmade furniture in the artists' own studios and be able to visit group hubs displaying the work of up to 10 artists each.

This year's tour is the second organized by the Questa Creative Council and the fourth consecutive tour.

There will be a central information hub in the center of town on the northeast corner of Questa's one stoplight, at the intersection of state roads 522 and 38. This is a good place to start, as visitors can pick up a brochure with the studio tour map, artists' flyers and also water, snacks and directions to local eateries. Several of the hubs offer snacks, drinks and restrooms.

This year's tour includes Lama and features the acrylic and pastel paintings of Monique Belitz in her historic home and will also display the works of the women's craft group Trilogy Artists.

On the south end of Questa is Cosas Hermosas, showcasing upscaled and repurposed furniture. Next is Art Questa which is both a studio and an artists' hub. The paintings, jewelry and pottery of owners Roger and Sandra Harrington will be displayed as well as the leatherwork of Torre Strong and the watercolors of Betty Richter.

Even yoga classes will be offered at La Sala Questa on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and there on Sunday, Nat Wilson's music can be heard at 11 a.m. and his art will also be displayed.

Julienne Hadfield opens her studio to show her jewelry, while stained-glass artist Marcus Rael invites visitors into his studio as well. Rael led the team which created the stained-glass windows in the restoration work at St. Anthony's Church, and more of his work is visible there.

The largest hub displays the work of 10 artist's at Rael's Store. Cynthia Rael, owner of Rael's and longtime supporter of arts and crafts in Questa, will display some of her own crafts, including sewing and quilting. Her husband, Armando Vigil, well-known for his woodworking, will also show recent work. Other woodworkers showing there are Michael Rael and Marcos Herrera. The folk art of Clarence La Come will be exhibited. Dolores Tafoya's carved paintings, Keith Kelner's pottery, Patsy Aceves' jewelry and the quilting of Ruth Archuleta and Elizabeth Huddle will also be on view.

The fused glass, encaustics and prints of Barrie Andrews can be viewed at Ocho and just down from there is Jay's Unique, displaying the cigar box guitars of William Scott and the bird feeders of Matt Hipster.

A not-to-be-missed stop is St. Anthony's Church in which can be seen some of the very finest traditional New Mexican craftsmanship and artistry in the state. The recently renovated historic church with its carved beams, classic santos and parishioner-designed stained glass will have tours led on Saturday by Flavio Cisneros. St Anthony's is located on Cisneros Road, the first road to the right, north of the stoplight.

Andy Jaramillo this year opens his studio to view his always popular wooden burl bowls and also replicated artifacts.

Fine art and pottery can be seen at the hub with the studios of Mike Ridder and Peggy Trigg. Ridder's functional pottery and Trigg's oil and acrylic landscapes and abstracts will be displayed as well as the pastels and watercolors of Diane de Fremery.

Traveling north are the last three stops which are hubs.

Two painters, a photographer, a textile artist and the Questa Quilting Guild will display their works at the Questa Youth Center. Boneta Currey-Brown creates impressionistic works with a palette knife while Judy Burch shows realistic landscapes in oil and pastel. Mary Miller's photographs and Beverly Pollack-Silver's textiles will be exhibited. Sales from the quilts shown by the Questa Quilting Guild help those in need.

In El Rito the ceremonial gourds by Betsy Irwin, visionary designs by Shera Maher, the vibrant paintings of dahlias by Cami Thompson, jewelry by Audrey Kunkel and the paintings of visionary artist and host Maria Mikhailas can be enjoyed at her studio.

The tour ends with the hub in Sunshine Valley. Lynette Haozous will give tours of the murals she painted there last year. Claire Cote offers small and personal pen and inks while Jill Kamas draws landscapes with ink on canvas. Mose Rainault's custom furniture, Kathy Morsell's pottery and Betsy Peirce's engaging prints will be displayed as well as the work of Ute A.I.R. artist in residence, Madeline Miller.

The Questa Studio Tour offers a rare opportunity to engage with the over 40 participating artists. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.


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