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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.





RCST 2016 Brochure

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Ready for distribution August 1st, 2016, look out for it!


Costilla Plaza, Stop #1: September 9, 10 & 11 from 10 AM to 5 PM

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2016 Emerging Artist Show

2016 Poster Final



Opening our doors for 3 days



RCST 2016 Committees

team-386673_1280Every 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.

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!

Costilla Native & Photographer Nancy A. DeHerrera Crochet

Yellow Beauty, Ute Mountain

Yellow Beauty, Ute Mountain



My name is Nancy A. DeHerrera Crochet and my 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 to me. I was born in Embudo NM and raise in Costilla NM on a large farm, along with my 7 siblings, awesome parents Valdemar and Consuelo DeHerrera both native New Mexicans. I have a great husband of 20 years Steve Crochet, one son and two grandchildren. Being raised in northern New Mexico in itself caries lots of meaning, knowing about our traditions and values and living by them. Speaking our Spanish language is very important, respect for our elders, God and the American flag. I’m a proud norteña women. I’ve been taking pictures for most of my life, got my business license 8 years ago and have enjoyed every minute of having a small home-based business, working for myself to say the least it’s a very empowering experience. I love the great outdoors and specialize in landscape photos, but have a special eye for portraits.


Get to know Karen McCurtain-Blair

Watching Hollyhocks by Karen BlairHi! I am Karen McCurtain-Blair, a watercolorist living and working in Costilla, NM. Stop #2 on this years Studio Tour!
I’ve been living there in the Northern most bit of New Mexico since the early 90’s and never have I been at a lack of beautiful scenes to paint. I paint my world the way I see it and then I enjoy watching how people react and connect to it. I’m glad when I know my art has brought joy to, or inspired another.


People ask me about my process. Well first there’s the emotional connection and that has to be there for me, no matter if it’s an old truck or tractor, pile of rocks, or a beautiful vista. I then do a detailed drawing that can take days. Once the drawing is done, I feel on some level the painting is already done because I’ve become what I’m about to paint. Next comes a loose full color underpainting followed by multiple glazes. Final days are spent doing drybrush texture and detail.


I usually paint in high chroma because I don’t believe watercolors ever have to be whimpy! I also believe that the dance of life is love, and that my watercolors are a reflection of it. Stop by Stop 2!


Karen McCurtain-Blair on Facebook
or at Taos Artisans Gallery on Bent St. in Taos, NM

Youth Art Show during the Studio Tour

"Beauty" by D. Velasquez

“Beauty” by D. Velasquez

For the 7th year, the Rio Costilla Studio Tour will sponsor an art show for youth in grades K-12th during the annual tour to be held September 12 and 13. The show will be hung at the Costilla Plaza. It will be judged and prizes will be awarded to winning artists. There is also a People’s Choice Award determined by individuals attending the Studio Tour. We invite all area youth to enter the Emerging Artist Show.