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Questa artists roll out the red carpet

Event ‘where artistic traditions meet’ signals beginning of tour season


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

Stop 1


Roger Harrington – Jeweler/painter

Sandra Harrington – Potter

Mike Coleman – Photography and leatherwork

David Zimmerman – Metalwork

Torre Strong – Leatherwork

Stop 2

Rael’s Store

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

Stop 3


Barrie Andrews – Printer

Nina Anthony – Photo manipulation

Beverly Pollack – Silver-fiber arts

Claire Cote – Mixed media

Betsy Peirce – Printmaking

Jean Fray – Printmaking

Stop 4

Jays Unique Thrift Store

Bill Scott – Box guitars

Mathew Hipsher – Birdhouses

Stop 5

Serenity of Questa

The Rev. Wayne Reynolds

Stop 6

Theresa Sandoval – Jewelry

Stop 7

St. Anthony’s Church

Stop 8

The Furniture Barn

Jerry Rainault

Stop 9

Calle del Sol

Mike Ridder – Potter

Peggy Trigg – Painting

Martha Shepp – Computer imagery/mixed media

Diane deFremery – Printmaking/Jewelry

Rebecca Dennis – Jewelry

Lou McCall

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