Projects

Village of Questa Lamp Post Banners
The first set of banners funded by the Questa Economic Development Fund (QEDF) exhibits the beautiful hand-painted retablos in St. Anthony’s historic Church. The retablo artists are Arlene Cisneros Sena and James Cordova. This first set of lamp post banners were in installed in July and they are beautiful!

Two more sets of banners are in the works, being created for future use, for a total of three sets. The second set of banners will display artworks by local artists and craftspersons, and a third set will show historic photos of our village.


Welcome Signs
The QCC has partnered with the QEDF to develop 3 “Welcome to Questa” signs to be installed on the main roads as one drives into Questa. From the 37 entries that were received, three designs are now under consideration.


Questa Chamber Music Series
The Questa Chamber Music Series gives a venue in the rural context of Questa to talented local and visiting musicians. These chamber music events are often hosted in an intimate or unique community venue; in doing so it honors the history of musical gatherings and community. This Chamber music series began in 2018 as a 3-part series of classical music concerts, the last of which was held in the spring of 2019. The second series begins with a performance on Saturday Aug. 31 at La Sala in Questa. MORE….


Friday Youth Art Classes at Questa Library
The QCC is partnering with the Questa Library to offer youth art classes as part of the Library’s youth and family outreach programs. The classes cover a wide range of topics and explore a variety of mediums. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children and can participate as well. These youth art classes are held at the Questa Youth Center, one Friday per month, 1-3 pm, while school is in session. (Please Check Library schedule, as dates may change.)


Questa Studio Arts Tour
Saturday-Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm, August 17-18, 2019
Artists from Questa and the surrounding communities will open their studios or gather at easy-to-find hubs to offer unique, hand-crafted works in styles from traditional to modern. The tour route begins on the south side of Questa in Lama, reaches the edge of the national forest to the east, and ends on the north end, in Sunshine Valley. Add your art to our event, enjoy meeting your neighbors and artists or if you’re from out of town, see what Questa Area Creatives have to offer! MORE….


Wild Rivers Plein Air Festival
Tuesday-Sunday, July 16 – 21, 2019
Artists from around the southwest will gather again this July to paint the dramatic landscape of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, plus the charming historic sites around our village. The festival includes four days of open painting, workshops and demos, a Quick-Draw event, and concluding Art Show with awards and prizes! The show will be held in Red River, bringing this fresh mix of artworks to the largest nearby audience of collectors, at the art-deco style Brass Rail Theater, a unique venue. The show is open for the public from Saturday at 10 am through the reception, plus Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Want to participate? Artist registration is through Eventbrite. More info, call Peggy at 505-974-5314 or MORE… 


NeoRio: Confluence of Art & Environments
Saturday, 4 – 9 pm, September 21, 2019
Montoso Campground, Wild Rivers, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
NeoRio 2019 artists and collaborators will explore “Universal Elements,” coinciding with the United Nations “International Year of the Periodic Table of Elements” and the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Periodic System. Come discover art installations along the rim of the Rio Grande gorge, related hands-on activities, the afternoon music and poetry salon, a delicious farm-to-table feast, music, artist talks, an evening campfire, and more. Starts at 4 pm. FREE! More information MORE…


Questa History & Community Trail
The team is busy with grant-writing and planning for this coming summer’s effort, seeking matching funds to utilize the grant awarded by the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area for this popular project. We hope to replace our existing wooden trail signs with long lasting metal frames and updated text this year. Comments taken at our guided walks of last summer will be used to move the project along. MORE…


QCC Workshops
QCC has scheduled, hosted and facilitated multiple “creative” workshops and presentations in 2018 and early 2019. These opportunities focus on knowledge gained and entertainment. For example,  some categories of workshops included Artist Marketing, Artistic Skill Development, Traditional Arts and Crafts, Youth Art Programs and Traditional Holiday Foods. More are in the works. Check our calendar page for specific dates.


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