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NeoRio Artist & Community HOME Zoom Roundtable Series – Join us!

October 9, 2020

We hope you can join us! All the details are below.

Welcome to the NeoRio 2020: Home Roundtables invitation!
We look forward to seeing you at one or all three Roundtable events.

Sessions Take Place:

  • Friday, October 9, 7 pm MST
  • Saturday, October 10, 4 pm MST
  • Sunday, October 11, 4 pm MST 


Friday Roundtable Artists: Carol Schrader, Crystal and Ariessa Medina, Danielle LaCome, David Vargo, Field Institute of Taos Nature Art Group (Malia Reeves), Joshlyn Medina, Joy Purcell, Kaitlin Bryson, Malia Reeves, Martha Shepp

Saturday Roundtable Artists: Anne-Marie Emanuelli, Ashton McKenney, Diane de Fremery, Emelina Medina, Field Institute of Taos 2-3 Grade After School Group (Cass Lundrum), Gill McCombs, Lee Lee and Thatcher Gray

Sunday Roundtable Artists: Amy Stroh, Cathy Hope, Connie Long, Genevieve de Vellis, Jaydyn Cintas, Jennifer Vialpando, Mary Hanrahan, Ricky Pass, Robbie Steinbach, Ruby Sofrae, Sarah Parker

At the event times indicated above, access all three NeoRio Roundtable events at this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88213092838

The meeting space will be live ten minutes before meeting start time to make sure all artists have comfortably joined the meeting. Other guests are welcome to join the zoom “waiting room” early. We will admit all guests right at the start time of the session and begin the event promptly from there. (Friday start time is 7 pm MST, Saturday start time is 4 pm MST, Sunday start time is 4 pm MST).

If you have any technical issues with Zoom, please reach out to our Zoom Roundtable tech person, Tallie Segel. You can reach her by phone or email: 505.490.6273 or emailforleap@gmail.com.

In the meantime, you can learn more about NeoRio 2020: Home at LEAPsite.org and enjoy the HOME online exhibition: https://leapsite.org/neorio/home/exhibition/

NeoRio Roundtables are free and open to all.

If you are in the position to and feel moved to make a donation to support the NeoRio project, we would be most grateful. (Donations are fully tax-deductible and received for NeoRio via the Questa Creative Council.)

Complete Zoom Invite Details Below:

All three time slots use the same Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88213092838

Meeting ID: 882 1309 2838

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NeoRio 2020: Home – Online Exhibition is Live!

October 8, 2020

Head over to the HOME exhibition and explore the wonderful works and audio reflections by these participating artists:

Amy Stroh, Anne-Marie Emanuelli, Ashton McKenney, Carol Schrader, Cathy Hope, Connie Long, Crystal and Ariessa Medina, Danielle LaCome, David Vargo, Diane de Fremery, Emelina Medina, Field Institute of Taos 2nd and 3rd Grade afterschool group, Field Institute of Taos Nature Art Group, Geneviève de Vellis, Gill McCombs, Jaydyn Cintas, Jennifer Vialpando, Joshlyn Medina, Joy Purcell, Kaitlin Bryson, Lee Lee and Thatcher Gray, Malia Reeves, Martha Shepp, Mary Hanrahan, Ruby Sofrae, Ricky Pass, Robbie Steinbach and Sarah Parker.

Enjoy!

NeoRio 2020: Home – coming to fruition!

October 6, 2020

What: NeoRio 2020: Home – Community art and story project
Where: Virtual Events: Exhibition at LEAPsite.org and Community Roundtables via Zoom
When: Online Exhibition begins October 8, Roundtable Art & Story Sharings October 9, 10 & 11
Price: Free and open to all
Contact: Claire Coté, emailforleap@gmail.com (575) 224-9066

Are you familiar with the Citizen Scientist Movement? Defined as “…members of the general public who collect and analyze data relating to the natural world, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists.” (Source: Oxford Languages) We see NeoRio 2020: Home as a ‘citizen art and story’ project; people responding to the theme of home to reflect together during the global pandemic to deepen understanding of collective experiences at this time. 

This year’s NeoRio project affirms that we each have a unique experience of the world and something valuable to express. As we navigate the turbulent seas of the global pandemic together from our own boats, reflection helps us to make sense of it all.

With this in mind, everyone is invited to wear an artist’s cap and create and reflect on the theme of home, to be artists for NeoRio 2020!

For some of us, participating in this project may ask us to step outside our comfort zone. This is part of the invitation; to try something different and stretch ourselves! Organizers hope that these different ways of sharing parts of ourselves and connecting with others on the theme of home during the pandemic will open doors to conversation and exchange that might not otherwise take place.

There are three platforms for NeoRio 2020: Home and all are free to participants: 

  1. Online exhibition, “Home: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box”
  2. NeoRio Roundtable Art and Story Sharings via Zoom
  3. The “Home Digital Archive”

Online exhibition
Over the past couple of months we’ve been extending an open call for participation in the NeoRio online exhibition. Nearly thirty submissions have been received from adult practicing artists, but also from groups of kids, teens, parents, grandparents, teachers, graphic designers, entrepreneurs, coaches, outdoor enthusiasts, an herbalist, a medical practitioner, a salon owner and a librarian.

Participating artists in the online exhibition “Home: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box” include Amy Stroh, Anne-Marie Emanuelli, Ashton McKenney, Carol Schrader, Cathy Hope, Connie Long, Crystal and Ariessa Medina, Danielle Lacome, David Vargo, Diane de Fremery, Emelina Medina, FitTaos 2nd and 3rd Grade after school group, FitTaos Nature Art Group, Geneviève de Vellis, Gillian McCombs, Jaydyn Cintas, Jennifer Vialpando, Joshlyn Medina, Joy Purcell, Kaitlin Bryson, Lee Lee, Malia Reeves, Martha Shepp, Mary Hanrahan, Ruby Sofrae, Ricky Pass, Robbie Steinbach and Sarah Parker.

It’s wonderful to witness the diversity of people who have chosen to take part and fascinating to see and hear their unique creative approaches to home during this unprecedented time. We can’t wait for you all to see the exhibition!

All participants in the online exhibition were provided with a common starting point: a 7x7x7” wooden box with a removable lid, made specially for this project, as well as the prompts,What does home mean to you? Think inside and outside the box!” Each participant was also asked to submit a short audio reflection or story. Why audio? 

Sharing stories connects us with one another and is an opportunity to be vulnerable and courageous. Hearing a person’s story in his or her own voice deepens its significance and impact and linking unique cube artworks and audio stories is proving to be fascinating!

Explore, appreciate, and purchase works for sale at the online exhibition starting October 8, right here at LEAPsite.org. We’ll post an announcement on the homepage that will take you to the exhibition landing page, where you will find all the artists, images of their work and their audio stories.

Roundtable Art & Story Sharings, October 9, 10 & 11
All are invited to a dynamic series of community roundtables on Zoom, this year’s version of NeoRio “artist talks” in connection with the online exhibition. See participating artists share their cube artworks and hear their home reflections and stories on October 9, 10 and 11. Choose one, or come to all three! Zoom sessions are Friday, October 9, 7 pm, Saturday, October 10, 4 pm and October 11, Sunday 4 pm all MST. More info and sign-up link at LEAPsite.org. The online home story-sharing events and archive is a collaboration with Questa Stories ~ Community Memory Project at QuestaStories.org.

Contribute to the ongoing Home Digital Archive

The Home Digital Archive is a more open-ended digital collection point for artworks, creative expressions, writings, songs, videos, stories, poems, memories, reflections, conversations, images, and artifacts inspired by or connected to home. Contributions can be created or recorded especially for this project or can be something you’ve made in the past. Organizers are particularly interested in hearing your short home audio stories and reflections. By “story” we simply mean a short reflection on a time in your life, a person, place, food, experience, memory, idea or object that relates to or represents home to you. You can use a smartphone to record your story or we are happy to record it for you over the phone. Submissions of any form are welcome throughout the fall and beyond to be included in the NeoRio 2020: Home archive.

How to contribute to the Home Online Archive:

  1. Create a home artwork or other creative expression (see above)
  2. Make it able to be shared digitally: photos, video, scans, word document etc. (help provided with this if needed)
  3. And/or record a short audio reflection or story
  4. Email these with your name and contact info to emailforleap@gmail.com

NeoRio is a venue for innovative art, experimental thinking, education, and exchange. For the past eleven years it has been a public gathering and celebration; artists, participants, and collaborators have enjoyed thought-provoking art installations at Wild Rivers on the rim of the Rio Grande gorge, a farm-to-table feast, music, poetry, and artist talks. This year a pandemic-responsive, transformed NeoRio takes place through your creative participation at home and online. NeoRio is a project of LEAP in partnership with Questa Creative Council and Localogy.

NeoRio is free and open to all. The event is made possible by individual donations, local business and media sponsorships as well as grant support. 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, Taos Community Foundation and Drawing on Earth, with additional sponsorships from Questa Economic Development Fund, Questa del Rio News, Questa Visitor Center, Taos Public Library, Zia Event Design, North Star Toys, Questa Lumber and Hardware, Sage Automatic Systems, and generous individual donors and volunteers. 

Contact Claire: emailforleap@gmail.com (575) 224-9066 (call/text) More info at Leapsite.org.

REMINDER: Deadline for NeoRio Online Exhibition this Saturday, Sept. 26!

September 23, 2020
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Almost all 100 wooden cubes have been picked up or delivered. We hope you got one and that you’re enjoying transforming it!

Saturday, September 26 is the deadline to submit your digital documentation (cube artwork and audio story) for participation in the virtual art show. Find full projects description and guidelines on how to participate HERE
and below.

Summary: how to submit by the deadline

  1. Fill out and email your artist contract (if you’ve done this already, thank you!)
  2. Finish your home cube artwork and title it
  3. Take well-lit photos of your creation
  4. Record a short audio story or reflection
  5. Write your artist bio and statement
  6. Email all these to emailforleap@gmail.com

Questions?
Contact Claire: emailforleap@gmail.com (575) 224-9066 (call/text)


 

 

Thank you for participating in NeoRio 2020: Home!

We are excited and grateful to you for adding your perspectives on home to the project. Your participation helps give wings to this project!

Here’s what to do now:

1. Ponder Home

What does home mean to you? Think inside and outside the box! Approach the theme of home with the broadest perspective: body as home, identity as home, garden as home, kitchen as home, family as home, traditions as home, Earth as home, memory of home, animal homes, imaginary homes, home during the pandemic, home as safety, refuge, confinement….?

2. Create Your Cube Artwork
Your cube came from a fabrication company in Maine, called HA Stiles. It is a starting point for your artwork. Think of the cube as a raw material to work with in two-dimensional or three-dimensional ways. Will the cube-box function as a vessel to be opened and viewed or be sealed and secret? Will the exterior six sides work in unison or be separate? Will the interior relate to the exterior? It can be modified in any way you like – carved, collaged, painted, drawn or written on, covered, attached to, drilled, cut, inlaid, quilted…..or destroyed? Just document the process and the outcome well! Take the cube and the theme and run wherever they take you!

3. Take Excellent Photos of Your Cube
The photos you take of your cube artwork are how people will experience it. Take high quality photos so that we can experience it authentically! Here are some tips:

  1. Start with good lighting. The goal is to have the piece evenly lit. Outside is often good. On a sunny day, finding solid shade (like from a building) can work well; overcast days can create good, even lighting too..
  2. Choose a simple, preferably solid background for your images. A wall or a solid colored fabric; white, light-colored, neutral tones often work well.
  3. Make sure it’s in focus. Take a few photos for each shot to make sure you get a good one. If you’re taking photos with a smartphone instead of a camera, tap and hold on the cube in the image to make sure it’s in focus.
  4. Give us a complete tour/view of your cube artwork. Shots to consider: a couple of overview shots from different angles, close-ups of each side, top and bottom, an overview of inside and a couple of detailed shots, if appropriate. Feel free to include any photos of the cube artwork in-process, other angles, or shots of particular details. Rule of thumb is to take more photos than you think you need, then select the best ones to submit.
  5. Edit (sparingly)….but do edit. Digitally editing your photo after the fact is not disingenuous or ‘cheating,’ as long as you don’t go too far with it. The goal of editing is to make photos more accurately represent your artwork: cropping borders and rotating, increasing or decreasing overall brightness, saturation, contrast, temperature or tint.

4. Record Your Short Audio Reflection or Story
If you’re thinking, “I don’t have any stories to tell! I’m not a storyteller!” bear with me…. By “story” we mean a memory, experience or short reflection on a time in your life, a person or a place that relates to home. It could be a cozy memory of a favorite food made by a beloved relative, it could be about discovering an animal burrow as a child, or the story of how you came to be in your current home or a reflection on staying home during the pandemic. This short audio story or reflection can be related to your cube artwork or not, that’s up to you. Artist Heather Williams says it well, “Sharing stories reminds us of our humanity and relieves feelings of isolation.” There is power in oral tradition; hearing a person’s story in his or her own voice deepens its significance and impact. With this in mind, we invite you to reflect on the expansive theme of home and express yourself in a brief audio story. Krista Tippet, host of the radio show and podcast On Being reminds us that “….the more particular you can get with your story, the more universally it can be received, and others can join their life and their imagination with what you have to share.”

Here are some guidelines:

  • We ask that your story be up to five minutes in length.
  • You can use a free audio recording app on a smartphone like Voice Memos (comes preloaded on iphones – you can find it in “extras”) or Voice Recorder for android to record your story or we are happy to record it for you over the phone.)
  • Once you have completed your recording, go to the file and “share” – choose the email option and email it to emailforleap@gmail.com. (If you need technical assistance with this step we are happy to help).
  • OR if you don’t have access to a smartphone, we are happy to record your story over the phone. Just let us know and we can set-up a time.

Exhibition of Works and Zoom Community Roundtables

Saturday, September 26 is the deadline for receiving digital documentation (artwork and story) for participation in the virtual art show. The NeoRio 2020 online exhibition at LEAPsite.org, “Home: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box” which will go live October 8. Works will also be featured on Instagram and Facebook. On October 9 and 10, we kick-off the NeoRio 2020: Home community roundtables on Zoom, during which your artworks and stories will be shared. Please indicate which date works for you on the attached Artist Contract. (The Home story-sharing and digital archive is a collaboration with Questa Stories ~ Community Memory Project, QuestaStories.org.)

Participating Artist Commitments

As a NeoRio 2020 contributing artist we ask that you:

  1. ASAP: Fill out and email us your Participating Artist Contract
  2. September 25: Complete your artwork by this date or sooner
  3. September 26: Email these five items by this date or sooner: 1. High-quality, well-lit photos of artwork, 2. short artist bio, 3. title of artwork, materials, and price, if for sale, 4. Short artwork statement, 5. Audio story, 5 minutes, reflecting on home and/or your experiences during pandemic – recorded on a smartphone, or we can record your short story by phone if needed
  4. October 9 or 10: Briefly share your artwork at one of the Zoom roundtable discussions
  5. Optional: Specify if you would like your work to be listed for sale in the online exhibition. Artists will handle sales and keep 100% of the profit.

Let’s come together and reflect on this poignant time and share our creations!
We can’t wait to receive your artworks and stories and share together in October.

 

NeoRio Cubes Arrive and Disperse

September 7, 2020
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After a bit longer transit time than projected, the cubes arrived! (Click on images below for larger view.)

Questa Lumber and Hardware generously donated their commercial location to receive the freight delivery and fork lift to load the palette of cubes onto our trailer. We drove the cubes out to our home in Sunshine Valley through a much-needed drizzle. All 100 cubes arrived intact, well-made and ready to be transformed into your home creations! Thank you H.A. Stiles for making the cubes and Questa Lumber for helping to make this project possible! Now it’s time for the cubes to complete their journey to you!

Here are the pick up locations and details on how to get your cube:

  • Questa Visitor Center: open Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm through September 13. After that, Thursdays, 10 – 3 pm.
  • Taos Public Library at the front of the Building, self-serve, weather permitting: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 – 4 pm.
  • For those who live further away or picking up a cube is prohibitive, we can mail one to you or arrange delivery. 

Get in touch if you have questions or need to make special arrangements to get a cube: emailforleap@gmail.com or 575-224-9066.

REMINDER: Submission deadline for the online exhibition is September 26. All the details on how to participate are HERE.

We cannot wait to see what you create with your cube!

Participate in NeoRio 2020: Home!

August 21, 2020

You’re invited to be an artist for this year’s NeoRio!

Since 2009, NeoRio has been a venue for innovative art, experimental thinking, education, and exchange. It has been a public gathering and celebration. NeoRio 2020 must respect the current, heightened safety measures while at the same time creatively respond to these extraordinary times. Affirming that we each have a unique experience of the world and something valuable to express, EVERYONE is invited to create and reflect upon the theme of home during the global pandemic. This year we’re inviting you to be the artists for NeoRio 2020…from your home!

Pondering Home
What does home mean to you? Think inside and outside the box! Approach the theme of home with the broadest perspective: body as home, garden as home, kitchen as home, family as home, traditions as home, Earth as home, home during the pandemic, home as refuge, safety, confinement….?

Starting Point: The Cube
All participants will be provided with the same starting point: a 7x7x7” wooden box, specially made for this year’s NeoRio project.
Think of the cube as a raw material to work with; to be added to, subtracted from, or modified in any way you like. The cube could be carved, collaged, painted, drawn or written on, covered, attached to, drilled, inlaid, quilted or…..destroyed? (Just document the process!) Take the cube and the theme of home and follow wherever they lead you.

How to get your cube

  • Questa Visitor Center: open Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm through September 13. After that, cubes will be available for pick-up on Thursdays, 10 – 3 pm.
  • Taos Public Library at the front of the Building, self-serve and weather permitting: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 – 4 pm.
  • For those who live further away or picking up a cube is prohibitive, we can mail one to you.

Short Audio Reflection
Reflection helps us to make sense of and glean meaning from challenging times. Sharing stories connects us with one another and is an opportunity to be vulnerable and courageous. There is power in oral tradition; hearing a person’s story in his or her own voice deepens its significance and impact. Current circumstances show us more than ever that connection adds purpose to life. With this in mind, we again invite you to reflect on the expansive theme of home and express yourself in a brief audio story. (A smartphone can be used to record your story or we are happy to record it for you over the phone.)

Exhibition and Archive
We foresee a poignant outcome with the combination of unique cube artworks and audio stories. These will be shown in the online exhibition, Home: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box” which will go live October 8. Friday, September 26 is the deadline for receiving digital documentation (artwork and story) for participation in the virtual art show. Find full guidelines on how to participate HERE. On October 9 and 10, we kick-off a dynamic series of NeoRio 2020: Home interactive, community roundtables on Zoom, during which artworks and stories will be shared. All are invited! 

We welcome the continued submission of home cube artworks and stories throughout the fall. These will be included in the NeoRio 2020: Home archive. The online home story-sharing events and archive is a collaboration with Questa Stories ~ Community Memory Project.

Helping Others Participate
Are you a teacher? Do you know people who might want to make a cube artwork and submit a story? We would love your help involving others in this project! 

Summary – How to Participate:

  1. Pick up your cube at the Questa VC or Taos Library
  2. Create a home cube artwork
  3. Take photos of your creation
  4. Record a short audio story
  5. Email them to emailforleap@gmail.com

NeoRio is free and open to all; donations are appreciated. NeoRio is made possible by individual donations, local business and media sponsorships as well as grant support. 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 and Taos Community Foundation with additional sponsorships from Questa economic Development Fund, Questa del Rio Colorado News, Questa Visitor Center, Taos Public Library Zia Event Design, North Star Toys, Questa Lumber and Hardware, and generous individual donors and volunteers. 

Questions? Contact Claire: emailforleap@gmail.com (575) 224-9066 (call/text) More info at Leapsite.org

NeoRio 2020: Home – A little preview

July 19, 2020

September 19 – October 25, 2020

We’re transforming and adapting NeoRio 2020 in response to heightened safety measures, while recognizing our need for personal connection and support. An invitation is extended to everyone to consider their experience of “home” during the global pandemic. Participants will create artwork-time capsules with an accompanying audio story to be shared and archived digitally in collaboration with Questa Stories ~ Community Memory Project.  Artwork-time capsules by the public as well as local and regional artists will be shown and shared via an online exhibition and digital archive, through a series of community round tables on Zoom, and in local street front windows. Additional collaborations are also in the works.

Let’s come together and reflect on this poignant time. You are invited to participate!
Watch for details HERE or call Claire 575-224-9066.

Reflection, Response and Transformation: NeoRio 2020

July 10, 2020

From the archives: First NeoRio Event, Evening around the Campfire, 2009

An update from Claire Coté

Everyone and everything is shifting. Haltings we did not think possible have occurred. Countless closures and migrations to online platforms are taking place. We are all affected.

As the director of LEAP (Land, Experience and Art of Place) and curator of its NeoRio event, I am faced with the challenge of reinventing this multi-faceted, outdoor environmental art event and adapting it to present circumstances.  

NeoRio* is a venue for innovative art, experimental thinking, education and exchange. For the past eleven years, artists, participants and collaborators have enjoyed thought-provoking art installations at Wild Rivers on the rim of the Rio Grande gorge, along with a farm-to-table feast, music, poetry and artist talks at sunset. Each year, we’ve tried to create a kind of alchemy with this confluence of art, environment, community, and celebration of each year’s fascinating theme. Now things must change.

We are in the process of rethinking and evolving the event, developing new and deepening existing collaborations, while also holding true to the core values of the event: connection to each other, land, water, culture, and place.

As this process of reinvention unfolds, I find the journey guided by curiosity. Questions are surfacing, some of them general, and applicable to much of life now: What opportunities are present in this time of uncertainty and how can we cultivate them? How do we remain strong, present and healthy and allow this challenging time to propel growth and positive change? How can we experience community and connection without being physically together? 

Others are very specific to the NeoRio event: No outdoor venue? No in-person art installations? No community feast? How can NeoRio best serve people and place?

Each year, NeoRio features a different theme. Themes of past years have included Wilderness, Light, Seeds, Pollination, Roots, Elements and more. Selecting each year’s theme is a challenging, but also rich and interesting process.The theme for NeoRio this year was decided in February but it’s deeper relevance and timeliness became apparent a month later, as New Mexico and much of the United States and the world began to shut down and many of us began to “shelter in place.” The theme for NeoRio 2020 is “Home.” 

I don’t know what the future has in store for us. I do know that “leaning into” the challenges we’re facing is the right thing to do. 

As September 19, the original event date approaches, look for updates about how to participate in NeoRio 2020: Home. We want you to be a part of it!

Have ideas? Want to know more or make a donation? Follow updates HERE or give me a call 575-224-9066!

*NeoRio began in partnership with Bureau of Land Management’s Taos Field Office, as a public lands day event and has evolved in collaboration with local nonprofits, Localogy and Questa Creative Council. It is the result of many collaborations with a variety of artists, mentors, organizations and many generous volunteers, funders and sponsors.

Exploring Universal Elements at NeoRio 2019 – Belated Gratitude and Video!

July 10, 2020

It was a beautiful Fall day on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Wild Rivers Montoso Campground as attendees explored the theme “Universal Elements” for LEAP’s 11th annual outdoor contemporary art celebration. The deep blue autumn sky overhead, sounds of the flowing Rio drifting up through the gorge, and comfortably cooler temperatures made it extra special. Performances and participatory installations included Cynthia Moku’s contemplative “One Continuous Gesture” community brushstroke performance; Laurianne Fiorentino’s concert exploring elements of the Periodic Table through music; and Sarah Parker’s fun collaborative, illustrated Periodic Table of Elements fabric installation. A bountiful locally sourced feast was prepared and served on site for all by Questa Farmers Market team led by Gaea McGahee and many volunteers, accompanied by soulful tunes from Justin Dean and Mark Dudrow. The evening culminated with artist talks at dusk with hot chocolate and Flavio’s famous biscochitos. We had a more intimate crowd this year with approximately one third of folks joining us from within a 20-mile radius, and the other two-thirds from the Taos area and further afield New Mexico towns, cities, and surrounding states.

Thank you to all who helped make NeoRio possible this year – artists, musicians, collaborators, volunteers, donors and sponsors. A deep thank you to the many dedicated individuals for their time and labor given to make the event a success!

Huge thanks to the NeoRio Team:

  • Sarah Dzieweczynski for event logistics expertise and MCing!
  • Martha Shepp and Emily Wilde for graphic design!
  • Chris Coté for endless moral and logistical support, set-up and take down and providing fire wood for the campfire and shlepping equipment to and from Wild Rivers.
  • Timothy and Connie Long for providing tents for the event, childcare and helping with set-up and clean-up, down to the last details and beyond!
  • Gaea McGahee, NeoRio Food Maven, and her fleet of dedicated volunteers for graceful and delicious food coordination, preparation and service!
  • Questa Farmers Market Cooks Wendy and Alex Medina as well as community cooks, Jeannie Masters, Kate Cisneros, Flavio Cisneros, and Dawn Provencher for their delicious food contributions!
  • Joan Eilers and Aimee Deans for setup, childcare, event support and clean-up!
  • Judy Cuddihy for representing Questa Stories at the event!
  • Mike Powers for facilitating the Universal Elements education activities tables!
  • Joan Long for cooking delicious lunches for our NeoRio volunteers!
  • Lynn Galusky, Raffle Table Maven!
  • Steve Bishop, Francis Donald, Martha Shepp and Tim and Connie Long for much help with tents!
  • Joan and Bill McDonald for welcoming visitors and providing information and general event help.
  • Sherri and Daniel at Cerro Vista Farm for providing beautiful and unique flowers and foliage to decorate the event and much of the food for the feast.
  • NeoRio Shuttle Service and driver, Sandra, Sandra provided by Los Rios River Runners, with special thanks to owner, Cisco Geuvara.
  • All BLM staff and volunteers – most especially to Wild Rivers Manager, Teddy Lucero, and Ranger, Tim Long for delivering the introduction to “Leave No Trace” and many onsite details and generous support.
  • PPC Solar for generously providing solar electricity to power the event.
  • Emily Wilde, Loralee Mattison, Carrie Leven, Hae Won Kwon and Billy Sims for photographing and videoing the event.
  • Musicians Justin Dean and Mark Dudrow for providing wonderful tunes for the evening.
  • Many thanks to the Sunday Morning clean-up crew including Joan Eilers, Aimee Deans, Chris Cote, Tim and Connie Long and others!

Special thanks to our supporters: NeoRio is made possible by individual donations, local business and media sponsorships as well as generous grant support, inkind donations and volunteers. 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 additional thanks also to 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, Los Rios River Runners, Questa Credit Union, Centinel Bank, Taos News, Questa Farmers Market, Common Fire, Cerro Vista Farm, Cid’s Market, 203 Fine Art, Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Angie Coleman Studio, Paseo Pottery, Envision Gallery, and from generous donations from individuals. 

And last, but certainly not least, thank you to everyone who came to experience and participate in the the event! Your presence and participation provided the alchemy that made it a success. Without this kind of generosity and participation, the past eleven NeoRio events would not have been possible.

We would love to hear what you thought of the event! We are always interested in suggestions, photos and feedback: emailforleap@gmail.com or call Claire 575-224-9066.

Every NeoRio event is a unique collaboration of artists, collaborators, organizations, businesses and our host, the Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office. This circle of collaboration, connections and relationships are an important part of NeoRio and LEAP’s work and we hope to continue to enrich and strengthen these relationships through each project and event! Thank you to all who attended or contributed in some way!

NeoRio is Today & Take the Shuttle – Special “Day-of” Offer!

September 21, 2019
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A note from NeoRio Director, Claire Coté:

Dear Friends of NeoRio,

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler and there’s lots of Art and Creativity in Taos County…..and TODAY is NeoRio at Wild Rivers, 4 – 9 pm!  We hope you can join us for the late afternoon and evening event! (Please see details below or more HERE.)

Please consider riding the convenient NeoRio shuttle provided by Los Rios River Runners and help NeoRio become a “No Trace” event!

Day-of-NeoRio Pay what you can NeoRio Shuttle SPECIAL OFFER

$5 – $10 (or more if you can) suggested donation from any pickup location (no one turned-away for lack of funds)

Show up a little early to the pick up locations below and bring cash or check (pay what you can) to give to the driver or call Claire (575-224-9066) to make a reservation by card. There’s 45 seats! It’s school bus!

Please help us strive to make NeoRio a No Trace Event and minimize parking impact on site by taking the NeoRio shuttle! (It’s convenient too with three pick-up locations this year in Taos, Hondo and Questa!) Please pass this along to your friends who may be considering attending NeoRio!

NeoRio Shuttle Schedule and Pick-up Locations

3:00 pm: Depart from Guadalupe Free Public Parking Lot in Taos (by Guadalupe Church/Across from John Dunn Shops Parking)
3:20 pm: Depart from Midtown Market in Arroyo Hondo
3:40 pm: Depart from Questa Visitor Center Parking Lot in Questa (just East of the Stoplight on Hwy 38)
4:15 pm: Arrive at Wild Rivers for NeoRio Event
7:45/8 PM: Depart from NeoRio (at end of Featured Artist talks) to drop-off points in Questa, Hondo and arriving back in Taos by 9:15.

Take the NeoRio shuttle for a beautiful, care-free ride to NeoRio at Wild Rivers in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at NeoRio and then arrive by shuttle back to your pick-up location. We are part of a drive-your-own vehicle culture, but for this event, we are trying something different. Help us make an impact!

Thank you for helping us to make this Environmental Art Event more environmentally friendly!

We hope you will be joining us TOAY for NeoRio on Saturday, September 21!

Please, invite your friends to join you on the shuttle!

Warmly,
Claire

NeoRio 2019: Universal Elements

Saturday, September 21, 4-9pm

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!


NeoRio 2019 Schedule, Montoso Campground, Wild Rivers:

4 pm: Art Installations and Activities (including Moku’s “Once Continuous Gesture” performance)

5 pm: Elemental Concert by Featured Artist, Laurianne Fiorentino

6 pm: Farm-to-Table Feast and Music by Justin Dean and Mark Dudrow

7 pm: Artist Talks by NeoRio Featured Artists

8 pm: Campfire

Ride the NeoRio Shuttle: Pick-up locations in Taos, Hondo and Questa!

Learn more, make a donation and shuttle reservation at LEAPsite.org

Contact Claire for more info, shuttle reservation or to volunteer: (575)224-9066 or emailforleap@gmail.com

 

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. NeoRio is made possible by individual donations, local business and media sponsorships as well as generous grant support, inkind donations and volunteers. 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 additional thanks also to 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, Common Fire, Walking Bear Farm, Cerro Vista Farm, Cid’s Market, 203 Fine Art, Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Angie Coleman Studio and others.