Questa Beautification Signage Projects

All local area artists are encouraged to submit their artwork to be considered for the Lamp Post Banner Project, phase 2 (read about phase i – the retablo banners, below), to showcase the wide range of artists’ styles in the Questa area. Submissions are being taken from March 1- 31, 2019. Images need to be a tall vertical format; artwork size is 30″ and 15″ wide at 300 dpi. We have 16 spots and are looking for both 2-D and 3-D art, contemporary to traditional. For more information see the Questa Studio Arts Tour website at or call Peggy at 505-974-5314.

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 other two sets of banners will display artworks by local artists and craftspersons, and a third set will show historic photos of our village. We hope the retablos will be up for everyone to see very soon. There will be an opening celebration with posters of the eight images for sale in the near future.

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 last concert in this 3-part series of classical music concerts will be held in the spring of 2019, More details will be announced.



Youth Art Classes at Questa Library
The QCC is partnering up with the Questa Library to offer youth art classes the second Friday of every month through May, as part of the Library’s youth and family outreach programs. The classes cover a wide range of topics and will be held at the Questa Youth Center from 1-3 pm. (Please see the Library schedule for specific dates, as some dates may change, based on student availability.)



Questa Studio Arts Tour
Saturday-Sunday, August 17-18, 2019
10 am – 5 pm daily
Ours is the earliest of 2019’s art tours in northern New Mexico, and the 2019 tour will be our third year. Artists from Questa and the surrounding communities will open their studios or gather at easy-to-find hubs offering unique, hand-crafted works from the traditional to the modern, from hand-carved bultos to exquisite jewelry, stunning photography, paintings, pottery, and more. The route begins on the south side of Questa, reaches the edge of the national forest to our east, and ends north, in Sunshine Valley. Add your art to our event, or enjoy meeting your neighbors and artists! More information here.

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 information here or call Peggy at 505-974-5314.

NeoRio: Confluence of Art & Environments
Saturday, 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 here.

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. Contact Alberta for more information at

Visit website links above for more info or to become involved with these projects!