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Questa ¡Pollinate! StorySLAM + More

July 9 , 2016: 4 – 9 pm

Wild Rivers Visitor Center, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Advance tickets for Questa StorySLAM ¡Pollinate! are available online through HoldMyTicket

Call the Questa Visitor Center for more information at 575-613-2852

We’re doing it again – having a blowout event at the Wild Rivers outdoor amphitheater! The StorySLAM will be hosted by James Navé, of Taos Storytellers Festival fame, and will begin at 7pm.  Tickets are $12.  Advance tickets are strongly encouraged (see below). This year’s event will build on the success of last year’s PechaKucha; encouraging our Taos County neighbors to “camp out and stay ‘til Sunday” for a beautiful, rugged, sophisticated art and thought-filled time.

The day will include a Paint Out with New Mexico Plein Air Society plus workshops and demos, a FREE guided hike (highlighting pollinators and their favorite local plants), and Pollination-themed TEDX-style Salon, both at 4pm.  Food trucks and booths will offer dinner options, desserts and drinks for sale in a carnival atmosphere accompanied by music. Then on to the highlight of the evening, the StorySLAM! Advance tickets for Questa StorySLAM ¡Pollinate! are available online through HoldMyTicket

Full Event Schedule, July 9, 2016

6 am – 5 pm: Wild Rivers Plein Air Paint Out, Painting on Site + Demos (See Below)
4 pm: Pollination themed TEDx-style Salon, hosted by Navé, guest speaker biologist John Ubelaker (FREE – Outdoors at Visitor Center)
4 pm: Pollination-themed, guided hike, with author Olivia Carrill, ‘Bees in Your Backyard’ (FREE – meet at and return to Visitor Center)
5 – 6:45 pm: Plein Air Exhibition of Artworks painted on site and awards announcements
5 – 6:45 pm: Savories, sweets and drinks for sale from festive food trucks and music in the dining tent
6:30 pm: StorySlam seating open and last minute (limited!) on site ticket sales ($12)
7 – 9 pm: StorySLAM, Wild Rivers Amphitheater

Questa StorySLAM: 8 Tellers. 8 True Stories. 5 Minutes Each. 5 Judges

What’s a StorySLAM? A StorySLAM is more than a storytelling competition. It’s an invitation to share five minutes of your life with a group of people who appreciate a well-told tale. Audience storytellers take to the stage with real life stories on the theme of the night. For the Questa StorySLAM the theme is “Pollination.” Winners will get a cash prize. Got five minutes? Come and lend an ear, or share an experience.

James-Nave-1The Questa StorySLAM will be 3rd in a summer series of SLAMs held in the Taos area by poet, storyteller and arts entrepreneur, James Navé. He is the director of The Taos Storytelling Festival, The Taos Poetry Festival, and an organizing member of TEDx NewYork Salons.  An early contributor to the creativity renaissance that swept the nation, he co-founded “The Artist’s Way Creativity Camp” in Taos NM with Julia Cameron, 1995-2003. Co-founder of the theater company Poetry Alive!, his energetic performances have graced three national Poetry Slam teams, and his work has appeared in numerous books, journals and magazines. Learn more about James Navé here.

Advance tickets for Questa StorySLAM ¡Pollinate! are available online through HoldMyTicket

Call the Questa Visitor Center for more information at 575-613-2852


WildRiversPleinAirThe Wild Rivers Plein Air Paint Out
kicks off the ¡Pollinate! creativity early in the morning amid some of the most beautiful scenery in New Mexico! This is a free event for participating artists (though preregistration is requested). Demos and workshops are also on offer, some complementary and some not.  Please see noted event website for details.  Work will be judged for prizes before the evening StorySLAM show, and all entries will also hang at OCHO Art + Event space through the month of July!

Plein Air Paint Out Schedule:
6 – 9 am: Painters meet to have their canvasses stamped, assuring on-site creation, Sheep Crossing
7 – 8 am: Painting Demo with artist/Paint Out organizer Peggy Trigg (FREE), Sheep Crossing
8 – 10 am: Tom Wezwick Paint-a-Long (get a little help painting water!), Chiflo Trail (You will be hiking to the bottom, about .5 miles of rocky and somewhat step trail. Hike in with materials.)
9 am – 12 Noon – Mary Ann Warner Demo, La Junta Point (Free to the Public)
9 am – 5  pm Paul Murray Workshop. All interested artists MUST register on Paul’s personal artist website. The cost is $120
4 pm-5:30 pm – Michelle Chrisman Demo, Wild Rivers Visitors Center (Free to the Public)

More info and Artist Registration:

ute_mtn_view_ Geraint-640Wild Rivers, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
The Wild Rivers Recreation Area is located within the Río Grande Del Norte National Monument and along the Río Grande Wild and Scenic River and Red River Wild and Scenic River.  Here visitors may experience the beauty of an 800-foot deep canyon sliced into volcanic flows by the Río Grande. Camping at Wild Rivers is $7/night. Learn more about Wild Rivers, camping etc. here. Or See the Wild Rivers Area map here.