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Come Hear Jeannie and Kate This Coming Saturday 7 pm at Wild Rivers!

Two of QCC's dynamic board members - Kate Cisneros and Jeannie Masters - will present "Glimpse into the Past: Piñon Gathering, a northern New Mexico Tradition" at 7 pm, Saturday, August 10, at the Wild Rivers Visitor Center. 
Everything you never knew you needed to know about piñon picking in northern NM will be covered in this informative, funny, and culturally enlightening show that was originally presented in 2014, at the "Thinking Wilderness"-themed Pecha Kucha in Questa.
Born and raised in Cerro, NM, Kate and Jeannie have been friends for as long as they can remember. Self-proclaimed "entrometidas" or busybodies, they keep busy with family, the Northern NM Food Pantry that they founded and, if the conditions are right, gathering
edible piñon nuts in the fall.

Volunteer Kudos & Needs

Thank you, volunteers
We couldn’t do what we do without you!
If you are interested in helping these upcoming creative efforts along, please contact us at

August 17-18
Giving help to folks at the information hub for the Questa Studio Art Tour (two 4-hour shifts)

Sept. 21-22
NeoRio event set-up, help with feast preparation and clean-up on Sunday (various shifts - we are flexible)

Date to be determined
Installation of the permanent Questa History Trail signs

Sept. - Dec.
ArtKids helper at the Questa Library, once or twice a month

Questa Studio Art Tour
Just over a week away!

Saturday - Sunday, August 17-18, 2019
10 am - 5 pm daily

The brochures are published and the advertising is out - we are ready to go! With 16 hubs and over 45 artists, the tour will offer something for everyone. This year you'll find a few new stops, including one in Lama, two in Questa, and an information hub at the Questa stop light plazuela where visitors can pick up brochures, information sheets about each individual hub, and get a bottle of water. HOT TIP: If you go to the church hub between 1 and 3 pm on Saturday, Jean Rael will host tours. Remember to save the dates and come experience the arts in Questa!

More information and a downloadable map-brochure at

Saturday, August 31 at Noon: Quetave Trio

Live classical music is back in Questa! Last November you may have heard virtuoso violinist Odin Rathnam and cellist Morag Northey, at the under-construction venue at 2331 Hwy 522, La Sala. And maybe you heard Andrea, Martha, and Rebecca play their instruments last fall about this time, in La Sala's little yellow room where a nice Yamaha grand piano dwells?

We are up to it again! Join us in the music of Piazzolla, Mozart, and Turina for live classical compositions whose verve vitalizes our nerve endings and makes us feel so alive, both as players and listeners!

The only caveat is to come early for a seat... the little yellow room only seats 20.

WHEN: Saturday, August 31 at noon
WHERE: La Sala yellow room (middle door entry), at 2331 Hwy 522, La Sala
COST: by donation; proceeds benefit the Questa Creative Council
WHO: Trio Quetave, with Andrea Gore on violin, Rebecca Caron on cello, Martha Shepp on piano
WHY: Questa Chamber Music Series presentation, a project partially funded by New Mexico Arts

PS. LaSala is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign (until Aug. 23) to get the space finished. Please donate to this community partner for yoga and the expressive arts in Questa. Go here to check it out.

September 9 Bake Sale: Support NeoRio!

From 11 am - until goodies are gone!
At Cid's Market in Taos


Calling all bakers and delicious snack-makers! Make something delicious and donate it to support the NeoRio fundraiser bake sale! We also need folks to help us man the bakesale tables on Monday, September 9, from 11 am - until we sell all the goods. Proceeds from this effort will support NeoRio 2019: Universal Elements. Come on down to Cid's that day and buy some goodies! If you can donate something delicious or help us on September 9 at Cid’s, please contact Claire: (575) 224-9066;

NeoRio 2019: Universal Elements

Saturday - September 21, 2019
4 - 9 pm

Montoso Campground, Wild Rivers, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Join in the 11th annual NeoRio outdoor contemporary art and community event! This year, artists and collaborators explore Universal Elements from both scientific and philosophical perspectives. The theme coincides with the United Nations' “International Year of the Periodic Table of Elements” and the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Periodic System.

Discover unique art installations along the rim of the Rio Grande gorge; explore family-friendly activities; take in the afternoon “Elemental” concert; and enjoy a delicious, farm-to-table feast, music, artist talks, evening campfire and more. Featured artists are Cynthia Moku (Boulder, CO), Sarah Parker (Questa), Laurianne Fiorentino (Santa Fe) plus other local and regional projects, including “Questa Stories” and LEAP’s hands-on “Elements: Intersecting Art and Science.” The combination of a sublime setting, experimental art, and community celebration makes for a fun and unique event!

FREE and open to all - donations appreciated. (Help out by going to our Cid's Bake Sale on September 9!)

Camping: $7/night
NeoRio Shuttle: $25 - Taos, $20 - Hondo, $15 - Questa (per person round trip)

Contact Claire for more info or to volunteer: (575) 224-9066; Or click here.

NeoRio is organized by LEAP (Land, Experience and Art of Place, a program of Localogy) in partnership with the Questa Creative Council and hosted by the Bureau of Land Management’s Taos Field Office as a Public Lands Day event. This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts with grants from Taos County, Chevron Questa Mine Grants for Good, and Questa Economic Development Fund and sponsorships from PPC Solar, Zia Event Design, North Star Toys, Questa Credit Union, Centinel Bank, Taos News, Beyond Taos, Questa Farmers Market, Walking Bear Farm, Cerro Vista Farm, individual donations and many volunteers.

Project Updates

Wild Rivers Plein Air Festival

This past July's Wild Rivers Plein Air Festival was a huge success! We had 80 artists painting in and around our area for 4 days, attending workshops and demonstrations, and compete in a Quick Draw event. We then celebrated their work through a two-day show at the Rail Haus in Red River. We gave out over $10,000 in award money and prizes and sold 22 paintings! A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who helped! We appreciate each and every one of you and couldn't have done it without you. To see photos of the winning artwork please go to
Beautification Around Questa
Lamp Post Banners

The first set is finally installed and they really beautify our downtown. They feature the retablo artwork from inside St. Anthony’s Church. The artists are Arlene Cisneros Sena and James Cordova. Two more sets of banners are in the works. The artist banner selection has been completed and are in production, as well as the historic image banners. The Questa Economic Development Fund has been very supportive of this project in collaboration with the QCC.

Welcome Signs -

The QCC has also partnered with the QEDF to develop three stable and permanent “Welcome to Questa” signs to be installed on the main roads as one approaches Questa. The final design is in the process of fabrication and several sites are under consideration.

Questa History Trail -

A big “Thank You!” to our neighbors and fans who sent donations after our recent emergency call. And thanks to the generosity of our local writers, researchers, and graphic designer who will add to their in-kind hours, we will meet our funding needs. Our long-awaited long-lasting sign faces and metal frameworks are in production!  Installation will be in late August. The team will also be bridge-building and adding identifying features to mark the route. If you’d like to help with this legacy project for the village, or perhaps have lumber, sand, or bricks to donate, contact Mark Sideris. (

How can you support projects like these into the future? Consider volunteering.

Your help is most welcome as a volunteer or by submitting your own idea or project within the QCC.

Each of our events are in need of volunteers. Each volunteer position ranges from an hour to three or four. If you can give a little time, please let us know - just email us at

Another way to support is through your dollars and membership. Please visit our website and donate there on the "Join" page or push our "join now" button below.
 Your generosity has direct impact and is very much appreciated.

Be a part of the creative action!  
We grow brighter together.

Consider joining the Questa Creative Council as a member. Membership levels start at only $10. Volunteers are always welcome, too!

We are grateful to those who sponsor our projects:

Some of these projects are supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.


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