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Event Archive

Below are the events that took place in Questa, New Mexico as part of the national Wilderness 50 celebration. Click on “more…” links for photos, videos and longer descriptions of the events.

Neorio2014PostcardFront-webSeptember 6: NeoRio 2014: Thinking Wilderness
Wild Rivers RGDN National Monument – Launching the “Wilderness Thinkers in Residence Project”
NeoRio (the 6th annual this year) will be marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act in its own way, with the launch of the “Wilderness Thinkers in Residence” project, featuring the first Thinker in Residence as the NeoRio Featured Artists, Team Biocultura (Andrea Polli and John Donalds) with their new participatory project, The “T” House. On Saturday, Sept. 6th the event will begin at 3 pm at the Wild Rivers Visitor with an artist lecture and hands on experience of their project. The event will continue with a celebration on the rim of the gorge at 6 pm at Montoso campground featuring the Rio Feast Project, readings by NeoRio featured poet, Erin Bad Hand, and music by High Desert Acoustic Duo, all inspired by this year’s theme, Thinking Wilderness.  More information at or  575-586-2362.

TWTheArtShowPostcardEmailAugust 9: Reception, “Thinking Wilderness: The Art Show”
Show Runs August 2 – 17, open Fri. – Sun. 11 – 5 pm
OCHO Art & Event Space,Questa –
The show features a group of over 25 regional artists working in a variety of 2 and 3 dimensional mediums. The reception is Saturday, August 9th from 5 to 8 pm and will include hors d’oeuvres and music by Bittersweet Highway and Michael Rael. Open on weekends, the sow runs through August 17th and is part of the nationwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Questions? Contact: or 575-586-2362

PechaKucha-TeaserJuly 26: 20 images x 20 seconds + Many Stories
OCHO Art & Event Space,, Questa
An evening of concise audio-visual presentations, storytelling and creativity following the “PechaKucha” format. Each presenter is given 6 minutes, 40 seconds (20 images, 20 seconds each image) to tell his or her story reflecting the “Thinking Wilderness” theme. More….

Seed-Drawing-4April 22, 5 – 7 pm: Earth Day Youth Art Show – Seeds: Time Capsules of Wilderness
OCHO Art & Event Space, Questa
Experience the wild world of seeds as seen through young eyes in the art show, “Seeds: Time Capsules of Wilderness”. Artwork is by over 270 students from Questa Alta Vista Elementary, Rio Costilla Southwest Learning Academy, and Arroyos del Norte Elementary schools. The kid-friendly art show opening reception is 5-7 pm on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22nd and will be on display at OCHO through May 4; then a selection of works will move to Questa Public Library May 5 – May 22. The exhibition is the result of in-class workshops led collaboratively by LEAP and SEED. For more info call Claire at 575-586-2362.


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