The Questa Studio Arts Tours was begun in 2015 by painter and jeweler Roger Harrington, of Art Questa Gallery, and local painter Peggy Trigg, a featured artist at galleries in Taos and Santa Fe. These dynamic locals noticed the growing number of artists settling in this area, and took note of the need of long-time resident artists to connect their crafts to interested collectors.
The event has seen an increase in participating artists and a growing number of visitors and collectors each year. Now in its sixth year, the excitement in our remote and beautiful area of northern New Mexico is palpable.
Questa and its environs have a long history of creativity born of necessity at times during its isolated history, and by inspiration from the dramatic variety of its surrounding lands. Now many of these surrounding mountains and river gorges are protected. They preserve traditional lifeways plus offer the visitor many options for exploration. Our painters certainly love their backyard scenery and look forward to sharing this with you.
2019 saw visitors from not just Questa and the rest of Taos County, but towns and cities throughout New Mexico and many out-of-state visitors from Colorado, Texas, Arizona, plus area visitors from much further afield.
Our 2020 tour promises an even richer experience all around! Due to the rough access to many of our artists’ studios, we offer several easy-to-reach hubs where groups of artists and craftspeople display their work in one spot. Additionally, some of these remote artists join their neighbors at home studios already on the tour map.
Another unique feature of the Questa Studio Arts Tour is the inclusion of the beautifully restored San Antonio de Padua church. This adobe structure on the location of our historic plaza is an exhibition stop on the tour. It illustrates the continuing devotion of area wood-carvers, metal-workers, retablo painters, and stained-glass designers. The stained glass windows were produced at the Questa Stained Glass Studio. (Find it in the back of the CarQuest Auto Store.) You may be walking a portion of the new Questa History Trail as you locate the church plaza, and can enjoy the informative signage along the route.
For lunch, many of our hubs will be serving food, as well as the Questa Farmers Market (open on Saturday) with traditional, g-free, and healthful options. You might also find a food truck or two; Tacos y Mas and Bubba’s BBQ are local favorites.
After viewing beautiful art and fine crafts, visitors can plan time to immerse themselves in our dramatic scenery! The Wild Rivers Recreation Area of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument is a stunning place to hike and camp and is just outside of Questa. Lakes and meadows of the Carson National Forest overlook our village.
Come discover this remote and artistic corner of Taos County!