Projects

Active Projects:

Northern New Mexico's Music: Past & Present

How has musical expression in its many forms shaped the culture and
people of this region? Musician and Costilla native Chris J. Arellano directs this initiative, funded by a New Mexico Arts CARES grant. A presentation will be held via Facebook LIVE on May 21; stay tuned! MORE...

Q History Trail

Questa History Trail

Celebrate the trail opening on National Trails Day, June 5; come to the corner kiosk at Highways 38 and 522 at 11 am. This .6-mile route illustrates a microcosm of northern New Mexico history. The trail loops from our village intersection to our historic plaza. Start at the Welcome kiosk on the corner and follow the directional arrows. Long-lasting signs are now installed. Please use caution until a bridge across the acequia is completed for stop #5; after that, the route will be fully walkable! Our related websites add a deeper understanding of many topics the trail's signs introduce along with local memories. MORE...

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Questa Studio Tour

We are planning the in-person tour on August 14-15 from 10-5 daily, with the ever present option of returning to an online auction, similar to the auction we held in 2020, if necessary. Although the online auction was very successful, with over half the items sold, we miss our personal interaction with our collectors and the community. (The registration fee also includes a complimentary 1-year QCC membership. Click HERE to directly link to the application page on northernnewmexicoartist.com )

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Village of Questa Lamppost Banners

The first set of banners funded by the Questa Economic Development Fund (QEDF) exhibited 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 2019. The next set of banners showing historic imagery of our town and its people has come and gone. Currently, the third and final set of banners displays the artwork of local artists and craftspersons, very colorful!

Welcome Signs

The QCC has partnered with the QEDF to develop “Welcome to Questa” signs to be installed on the main state highways (38 and 522) as one approaches Questa. They are in the fabrication stage and we hope to see them in the spring of 2021.

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Wild Rivers Plein Air Festival

July 2022 Artists from around the southwest will gather again in 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...

Inactive Projects

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Art for Everyone

Questa Youth Center Art Room
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Running weekly every Tuesday until Christmas, the QCC is offering a multi-generational clay class. The focus is on pottery production, which will include hand-building techniques like slab, coil, and sculpture. All levels are welcome. We meet from 3:30-5:30 in the Questa Youth Center Art Room. The suggested donation is $3 per visit for QCC members and $5 for non-members. For more information, please email us at questacreativecouncil@gmail.com. All are welcome! Please note: children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. MORE...

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Art for Youth Classes

Questa Youth Center Art Room
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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 have covered a wide range of topics and explored a variety of mediums. This fall the focus is clay. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children and can participate as well. These youth art classes are held at the Questa Youth Center, the third Friday of the month, 1-3 pm, while school is in session. (Please Check Library schedule, as dates may change.)

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NeoRio: Confluence of Art & Environments

September - October, 2020 - Virtual Events
Featured local and regional artists will create artwork-time capsules on their experience of Home during the global pandemic. These will be shared via Zoom artist talks, shown in street-front windows, and in an online exhibition. Everyone is invited to create their own artwork time capsules with an accompanying audio story, to be shared and archived digitally. (“NeoRio 2020: Home” is a collaboration with the Questa Stories ~ Community Memory Project.) MORE...

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Questa Chamber Music Series

VIRTUAL or PRE-RECORDED CONCERTS 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. MORE....

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QCC Workshops

QCC has scheduled, hosted and facilitated multiple “creative” workshops and presentations. 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 offerings.

Past Events:

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