Where artistic traditions meet…
Artists and craftspeople have been at work in Questa for hundreds of years. The tradition was built out of necessity during historic times in our Spanish frontier settlements. Devotion refined the artistry, and continues to do so, as evidenced in the artful restoration of our historic adobe church; San Antonio de Padua.
Affordable land and inspiring views have drawn many artists to Questa’s environs in the last few decades, and a thriving arts scene is at hand. Check our events calendar to view some terrific offerings.
[insert image of crowded venue] Our Questa Studio Tour has been revived, and is the first of the northern New Mexico tours each Autumn.
[insert image of painters in the field] The Wild Rivers Paint-Out sees plein-aire painters from around the southwest gathered in the Wild Rivers area of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. A downtown art show follows.
Our local non-profit program L.E.A.P. (Land, Experience, Art of Place) creates art and education events beginning on Earth Day in April and continuing into September for the annual NeoRio art-installation and local-sourced feast on the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge.
In addition to these highlights, most all our events include art and art vendors, music, and performance; from our Alumbra Christmas Craft Market, to summer Fiestas, to Autumn’s Cambalache.
While many artists, musicians, and writers make their homes in our Village and surrounding neighborhoods; most artists show at galleries in Taos or Santa Fe. And we have a diverse galleries here in Questa with beautiful local work from the traditional to the avant garde!
Art Questa studios and gallery:
Art Questa studios and gallery highlights the pottery of Sandra Harrington and the painting and jewelry of Roger Harrington.
They are easy to find on the south end of town.
For more information HERE.
The Artesanos Cultural Center:
The Center has limited hours due to the volunteer nature of its staffing, but is worth a visit. Currently open Monday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons. Questa has enjoyed a long tradition of carving, weaving, and painting. This gallery highlights some of our current local artists.
OCHO art & event space:
OCHO is located just across from the Visitors Center on hwy. 38. Under the auspices of the dynamic Min Jae Hong and Barrie Andrews, this renovated space hosts working artists, rotating exhibitions, artists in residence, classes and workshops, films and talks, yoga, dances and music events. Open hours are event dependant, please check the informative website for a schedule HERE.
*This is also the home of Barrie Andrew’s Sage Acutonics and Massage.
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The historic Rael’s Market is in the center of Questa and its modern-day activities include a coffee shop and art gallery, with many local artists. They are open Monday-Saturday from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Phone 575-779-9249 for information.
Additionally, area artists will often open their studios by appointment.