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.
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“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
Guardian angels and saints of wood and tin.
Mara Cibis is an 80-year-old holocaust survivor living in the High Desert of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains.
Oils & mixed medias.
Sculpture & Drawings
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…)
African style harps and drums.
41 years living and working with horticulture seeds.
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…)
Functional pottery & ceramic sculpture.
Embellished gourds & gourd musical instruments.
Every year the studio tour is made possible by people like you. If you’re a community member interested in being part of our committee there are a number of roles which you could play a part in to make our studio tour successful. Click on the link here, and you’ll be redirected to a list of committees which may need to be fulfilled. Thank you for your time and we look forward to working along your side.
“…Ahlgren paints in undiluted watercolor, giving her work a vividness that brings to mind the brilliant colors and magical surrealism of South American art forms. Her style is coherent and powerful. Her conviction, her strength of purpose is evident in her work. The paintings are strong, striking, the animals bold and unequivocal. They gaze out of each brilliant frame with a look that commands attention, an unfaltering presence. It is strong work, with a certain rawness, a primitiveness to it. It is work that speaks of a strong inner strength…” (more…)
Gene Christensen, a lifelong native in Conejos County, crafts silver items in the old tradition. He has been working in silver since 1969, and will be exhibiting his works in the Old Jaroso Hotel during the 2015 Rio Costilla Studio Tour. (more…)
Hi, my name is Nancy DeHerrera Crochet. I was born in New Mexico, raised in Costilla, a community tucked below the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. As a child waking up to the majestic mountains and going to bed with our colorful evening skies, was and still is a pleasure. I have been taking pictures for many years, and finally realized I wanted to take my photography to the next level. I enrolled at U.N.M. Taos, in a black and white photo class. To say the least, it was a very empowering experience. I specialize in landscape photography, but enjoy shooting portraits, weddings, etc. I’m not just a photographer but an artist. (more…)