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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!

¡Pollinate! Banners are up!

June 10, 2016

After some technical difficulties, we are pleased to announce that the ¡Pollinate! Banners are installed! They are vibrant, colorful and full of youthful creativity. It is wonderful to see our local students’ work on display! Look for them in the blue RTD Bus Stops in: Questa near the entrance to the Alta Vista School and Chevron, Cerro, Lama and Arroyo Hondo. Big thanks to Joan Eilers for volunteering to help with installation! And thank you to everyone that helped bring these banners to fruition! Click on the images below to view as a slideshow.

¡Pollinate! Questa Earth Day Fun

May 20, 2016

ForestServiceWith five fabulous and vibrant youth painted banners, over 20 volunteers, five interactive booths, many strings of pollinator flags, lots of paper maché bees and butterflies, a delicious lunch, and a steady flow of participants, the ¡Pollinate! Earth Day event was lots of fun!

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It was wonderful to have cars lining the streets, the Visitor Center parking lot busy, and people of all ages out and about in downtown Questa!

Visitors enjoyed: exploring bees and beekeeping with Melanie Kirby of Zia Queen Bee Co.; “Smelling the Flowers” with Cathy Hope of Iris Herbal Products; planting seeds with master gardener Alita Randolph, face painting with artist, Peggy Trigg; exploring pollinators and plants on Public lands with Kevin Lehto and the Forest Service team.; discussing localization and the Northern NM Growers & Makers Exchange with Gaea McGahee; and eating a delicious free picnic lunch – soups and mac-n-cheese made by Kathy Morsell, homemade challah bread donated by Olga Gressot and delicious cookies made by Gaea and Jamie and Sally. Thank you to all of the cooks!

A deep thank you to the MANY wonderful, dedicated volunteers for helping to make the celebration such a success. Thank you also to Mayor Gallegos for facilitating the ribbon cutting for the banners and to our young, expert ribbon-cutters!

The Earth Day Coordinators, Claire Coté, Joan long and Gaea McGahee, feel that they can report without a doubt, that the event and education project in general was a success! See more 2016 Earth Day photos on Flickr.

Keep your eyes out for the banners, soon to be installed in local NCRTD Blue Bus stops…..and don’t forget to mark your calendars for our other upcoming ¡Pollinate! events.