Skip to content

Dia de los Muertos in Questa

October 22, 2016



Tuesday, November 1, 4 – 7 pm

OCHO Art + Event Space, #8 Hwy. 38, Questa, NM (parking across street)
Free – Donations welcome
More Info or to volunteer: Gaea McGahee,, (575­)224­-2102

All are invited to join in Questa’s second annual collaborative Dia de los Muertos celebration, featuring artwork by Questa Junior and Senior High School students. Enjoy art and activities, Aztec dancers at 5pm, followed by a feast, then mariachi music. Community members will contribute posole, prune pies, hot chocolate, atole, apples, local cider, and the Questa Junior-Senior High School culinary arts students will make “pan de muerto.” At 6:30, Questa Mariachi students will perform in a candlelit gallery to close our festive evening with La Llorona.

1_aztecDia de los Muertos is a time to honor our loved ones and ancestors with ritual and celebration and gather the living in these observances. With intertwining cultural roots it combines Spanish, Aztec, and even earlier indigenous traditions. It is a time to remember the dead with celebration, bright colors, and food with strong flavors; this may explain why Day of the Dead has spread across the world. This ritual offers a container for our feelings of sorrow at the death of our beloveds. And by treating the eventuality with humor, we recognize we are all sojourners; some are simply further ahead.

Dia de Los Muertos in Questa explores traditional activities and innovative elements centered around community and art. Supplies and instructions will be provided for decorating sugar skulls, writing calaveras or “memory poems,” making paper marigolds, and colorful prints with traditional imagery. These items can adorn altars or be taken home. Guests on the evening of Nov 1st may bring photos of loved ones or objects to add to a community altar. A pet altar will be created to honor animal friends. Items can be brought ahead of time to the OCHO gallery, which will be open on Oct 29th and 30th.

The event will also feature calavera face painting for all ages with Peggy Trigg, printmaking with Joan Long, and writing letters to the dead at “The Dead Letter Office” with author and teacher, Annie Mattingley.

Dia de los Muertos in Questa Schedule, Tuesday, November 1, 4-7 pm:
4 – 6:30 pm Activities and Constructing Altars/Ofrendas
5 pm Aztec Dancers
5:30 pm Feasting
6:30-7pm Music / Candle Lighting

Coordinated by Gaea McGahee, the collaborative event is the collective effort of LEAP (, OCHO (, Questa Junior-Senior High School students and teachers as well as community volunteers. The event is made possible by funding from the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area Fund, Chevron Questa Mine Community Fund, Questa Economic Development Fund as well as individual donations and many in-kind contributions and volunteers.




Save the Date! Saturday, Sept. 17 – NeoRio 2016

August 28, 2016


Saturday, September 17,  4 pm

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

Enjoy thought-provoking art installations on the rim of Rio Grande river gorge. In its 8th year, NeoRio is a truly unique event for the Taos area.  This year features three projects by three artists; “ADRIFT – MIGRATION – HOME” by Lee Lee, “Reconciliation: Sculptures for Humans and Pollinators” by Viviane Le Courtois, and “Precise Breathing or Why I Call My Baby Honey” by Jenny Lynn McNutt.  Each artist approaches the theme of pollination in a unique way. Come enjoy art, scenery, local fall feast, campfire, poetry & music. Organized by LEAP in collaboration with BLM as a Public Lands Day Event, FREE. More info…

(click on above images for enlarged view + details)

Saturday, August 13: ¡Pollinate! Art Show Reception, 5 – 8 pm

August 8, 2016

AdPollinateArtShowWebOPENING RECEPTION Saturday Aug. 13, 5-8 pm
Come celebrate pollination with works by 24 local artists, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and music by Deuce Jazz Duo (Mary Rose and Joseph Salack). People’s Choice Awards will be announced at the end of the evening. Don’t miss the hands-on “Pollination Sensorium” room. Read press release HERE.

What: Art Show from LEAP’s summer theme: Pollination – it happens all around us, impacts much of our lives and yet remains a mystery. Local artists take on the theme and share their interpretations and inspirations.

When: August 6 – September 25, open Friday through Sunday, 11-5 pm
Park: Across the street, unless handicapped
Bring: Your checkbook! Works are for sale. Proceeds benefit OCHO and the artists
Contact: LEAP director Claire Coté at; (575) 224-9066

REMINDER: Artists submit your Pollination Artwork today!

August 1, 2016

Submission info/form HERE!

Pollinate Call to Artists Poster

Sunday July 31: Special Puppet Show at Growers & Makers Exchange in Questa!

July 30, 2016
Questa_puppet_shows_July31Cristina (the puppet lady) will be performing at our Growers & Makers Exchange in the center of Questa!

Sunday, July 31st:
2 puppet shows
11am and 1pm

With her shows, you’re in for a treat!

Please help spread the word, especially to our ninos!

Thank you, Cristina!
Meet Cristina and Puppet Theatre Los Titiriteros HERE.

Save the Date: July 9 – Questa ¡Pollinate! StorySLAM, Paint Out + More

June 16, 2016

Tickets on sale now! It’s gonna be a fantastic afternoon and evening – one not to be missed!

Weekly Growers & Makers Exchange in Questa starts this Sunday!

June 11, 2016


Meets for 18 Sundays
June 12th – ­ Oct 16th from 10am – ­ 2pm
Corner of hwy 522/38 at the Questa stoplight

Welcome to the Growers and Makers Exchange!

As residents of northern New Mexico we make, grow, and produce for ourselves and our families. When we have an abundance of ­ more garden veggies or choke cherries than we know what to do with ­ we need a solution! Our Growers and Makers Exchange is a local marketplace. This weekly gathering supports small scale producers and makers economically, and also supports community life. We welcome home bakers, jelly makers, gardeners, crafters, artists, woodworkers, our youth, and entrepreneurs to provide locally for one another. At the weekly exchange we localize our economic efforts.

The choice to trade, exchange, and donate is left up to individuals. A best practice for selling food items is to sell by suggested donation.

Things you can hope to find at the Growers and Makers Exchange:

  • Chokecherry and seasonal jams
  • Bread and muffins
  • Coffee and coffee cake
  • Pickles and sauerkraut
  • Cookies and teas
  • Summer vegetables, cut flowers, and fall harvest
  • Art and handmade wares
  • Live Music
  • Local ice cream
  • Each other

Download the full welcome letter (PDF) with info about becoming a vendor HERE.

See you in downtown Questa on Sunday!