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Live Music to Kick-off our 19th Annual Rio Costilla Studio Tour

We are thrilled to announce the live music line-up on the historic Costilla Plaza to kick-off our 19th Annual Rio Costilla Studio Tour weekend. Two local musicians, Michael Rael and Costilla native Chris J. Arellano with his Nuevo Americana music. Music starts at 4 PM and it will be al fresco, so bring your fold-out chairs and enjoys this free event. Brought to you by Rio Costilla Studio Tour & Rio Costilla Council for Arts and Culture.


Call for Artist 2017



Find your way around easily with Google Maps

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With only a month away for the Rio Costilla Studio Tour, we want to make your experience fun, memorable and easy. We’re using Google Maps on our website, this will make it easy to find the stop you want to visit and will easily give you directions from your location to your final destination. Our website is responsive which means you may use it with your tablet and smartphone.


The Rio Costilla Studio Tour is a fun and busy weekend, so we ask that you practice responsible driving habits. Pull over onto a safe spot of the highway to use your phone or tablet. Watch out for wild animals and keep in mind that phone reception is spotty on some parts of our valley, plan your trip in advance and have a great weekend! Our map page also features a printable map from our brochure.


Try out our Google Map feature now, click here.





Karen Ahlgren: Watercolors

“My focus on animals in each painting reflects my love, respect and concern for the natural world. The combination of intensity, softness and in-the-moment way in which they live their lives is inspiring. I feel that the combination of portraying these beings in vivid ‘non-local’ colors and with sensitivity allows the viewer to approach their soulfulness with greater ease. One can simultaneously be compassionate and delighted.” – Karen Ahlgren


Nancy DeHerrera Crochet: Photography

Buenas Dias,

My name is Nancy DeHerrera Crochet business name is Sangre De Cristo Photos, named after our glorious, majestic, mountain range that is full of color and life all year round.

I’m a photographer/artist and enjoy the blessings that were given me. I was born in embudo and raised in Costilla on a large farm, (more…)

Matthew Gonzales: Sculpture





Jane Kircher: Fused Glass

Jane transfers strong design skills and a passion for light into unique, evocative and often surprising fused and slumped glass pieces.  Light, by its nature, inspires and reveals.  Her series of window hangings play with the concept of “light chimes”.  Is sound not simply a different harmonic of the visual range?   Instead of wind and sound, these chimes transfer light and colors that will never fade.  Place them in brilliant sunlight or in a window.  Jane also creates slumped votive candle holders or vases for precious mementos or ceremonial objects.


Lynn Kircher: Sculpture

 Born in Decatur, Illinois, Lynn grew up in Saint Louis. At the age of nine he studied the masters Michelangelo, Bridgeman and Shephard. While in high school, he continued studies with the Minneapolis School of Art on a full scholarship. Upon graduation from high school, enlisting at the age of 17, he joined the “kiddy cruise” to Viet Nam and funded his way to art school. (more…)

Lou McCall: Note Cards/Prints

 NeoMimbreno notecards, spoofs on the ancient Mimbres Pottery designs.


Karen McCurtain-Blair: Watercolors

magpie-love-on-the-pueblo I landed in Taos in the 80’s after living in Latin America for twelve years.  Life in the tiny village of Costilla; a love of land and culture influence my artwork.  I paint what is framed in an open door, the view outside my window, walks along the acequia, or down our dirt road.  My watercolor process goes from detailed drawings to loose washes and back to tiny brush details.


Anita McDaniel: Home Furnishings

Anita McDaniel was a furniture maker for 20 years. She discovered rug hooking while on vacation in Newfoundland, Canada. Anita has taken this Maritime art form and combined it with her woodworking skills to create footstools with original and traditional hooked designs.




Evy McLean: Painting

 My work is inspired by the beauty found in nature, and I am drawn to looking closely at the intricacies of small things – seed pods, flowers, cacti, tree bark, insects, etc. The early influence of Georgia O’Keefe’s work and aesthetic has set me on a similar path, (more…)

Evelyn Oliva: Paper Crafts & Graphic Design

Making paper crafts and greeting cards is a passion I’ve had since I was in college. I loved surprising friends and family with a personalized custom made greeting card for their birthdays or special celebration. I was encouraged to continue this passion professionally and have been doing so since.

During my Graphic Design career I was introduced to Vector Art and fell in love with the artistic expression one can create using points and lines. (more…)

Randy Pijoan: Painting

Pena's pollinators, oil 30x40 Randy Pijoan (Peh-zwahn) is nationally known for his large scale western landscapes but more importantly for being the father of contemporary city ‘night-scape’ painting, and the socially popular art movement-Phrasism.  His paintings have been seen in numerous publications; American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, and Southwest Art Magazine.


JC Santistevan: Photography

 I’ve always leaned towards photography as a way to be creative. I mostly focus on landscape photography because of the beauty I see on this earth. That is what most of my photos are. The beauty. I am passionate about photography and plan on majoring in it as well. (more…)

RC Santistevan: Paper & Metal 3D Sculpture

 RC Santistevan does 3D sculptures and has been working with paper from a young age. He transforms his creations from paper to metal via aluminum and copper. Now, at age 13, he is practicing and creating painting pieces with (more…)

David Satrun: Woodwork

 David moved to Costilla, New Mexico from the central Rockies in 2002 and has been actively engaged in the local art scene. His furniture graces homes and condos in ski areas of the Rocky Mountains from Vail to Red River.


His passion for the restoration of old buildings of historic value include a settlers cabin, a Victorian home, a dairy barn and now some of the old adobes of New Mexico. (more…)

Michael Schraud: Woodwork

Koras African style harps and drums.


Dean Swift Seed Company

Horticulture seeds.


Kathryn Tatum: Painting

 My paintings point upwards, balanced between earth and sky, tangible forms in nature and esoteric mysteries.  These paintings are recognizable objects in nature that have been stripped down to a simplified geometric outline, without detail, to convey the spirit of the form.  (more…)

Steve Waldrip: Painting

 Steve is a painter of landscapes in watercolor, oils and acrylics.  He paints local landscapes to include the Rio Costilla and the Rio Grande, Ute Mountain and Poncha Hills, Sangre de Cristos and Sierra Blanca. (more…)

Sarah Welch: Ceramics

Functional pottery & ceramic sculpture.


Kelly West: Heaven Scent Breads

DSCN0111 Kelly has been baking artisan breads for 20 years.  Last year she has added a wood-fired brick oven to her repertoire.  She bakes artisan, organic breads and pastries. Gluten-free breads and pastries are also in her line of products. (more…)

Visit our website, it’s Tablet & Mobile Friendly

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Our website will adjust to your needs, it’s compatible on your table and smartphone.  Bookmark our website and you’ll have all the information you need for September 12 & 13, the two days of our Rio Costilla Studio Tour.  Don’t miss out on this fun and artful weekend!