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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.


RCST 2016 Brochure

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


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


Mara Cibis: Multimedia

 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.



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…)

Christina Duran: Painting

1465570954714 Oils & mixed medias.


Kirk Fishburn: Sculpture

FullSizeRender Metal sculptures.


Matthew Gonzales: Sculpture





Yaya Karahkwahawi: Painting

Yaya began her love for art before preschool age.  Formal art training was out of reach during her formative years.  But as a child of the 50’s and 60’s doors opened to her that she considers the finest possible art education.  Before the age of fully 16, she spent many hours at the Bolton Landing farm of her art idol; sculptor David Smith, a recipient of the prestigious “Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts”.  Although Smith died in 1965, Yaya maintains friendships with contemporaries Smith mentored.  Yaya was accepted at Goddard Experimental Collage in Vermont, also at 16, where she learnt with mature artists in that community.  Yaya has participated in classwork at The San Francisco Art Institute, while not old enough to enroll. Her passion is Abstract composition and forms, although she is skilled in portraiture and animal subjects.   She has earned awards for her work in juried competition venues throughout the United States. (more…)

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

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…)

Maggi Rankin: Ceramics

 Maggi makes original hand glazed tiles of horses and other designs.  She has been delighted to work with glazes since 1994.


Alexis Rykken: Author

Rykken books Of her love affair with wilderness, Alex writes, “It is here I feel connected – hand, foot, and heart – to my inner spirit, to Earth’s dream.”
Alex Rykken has lived in remote areas of the Southwest for most of her adult life, captivated by wild lands, nourished by the mystery and grit of untamed country.  She holds  master of education degree and works as a writer, ecologist, and educator. (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.


Motte Thomas: Fine Artist

 My ideas are inspired by the natural energy that I feel flows throughout our world and relatively connects us to everything else in the universe. Much like the insistent rushing of a mountain stream navigating around boulders and over the falls, the silent rise and fall of tides in coastal marshlands, the pull of the moon and the planets, the swirl of the galaxies, energies that are intertwined and woven together in much the same manner as my art is composed.


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…)

Byron Williams: Gourds

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Embellished gourds & gourd musical instruments.


Karen Ahlgren: Paintings, Jewelry

Karen AhlgrenKaren Ahlgren is a contemporary southwest wildlife painter from New Mexico.  Through the skilled use of jewel-toned watercolors, she captures the spirit and soul of her subjects.  Bears, birds, wolves, deer, elk, coyotes and cougars are all part of the artistry of Karen Ahlgren. Karen Ahlgren grew up in northern California with a life long passion for animals. From spending  her early summers in the forests of northern California and later living near the mesas of New Mexico, Karen developed her deep appreciation and love for the natural world.  Residing in southern Mexico she became enamored of the wild colors in the native costumes, folk art and traditions.    Karen finally realized her dream of living near the wilds of the woods and moved to northern  New Mexico.  Here  her passion and connection with wild beings was nurtured by them  passing through her land.


Warren Arcila: Paintings, Sculptures

The time I spend creating is a form of meditation and the pieces I create are evidence of time well spent in communion with my self. I have taken to playing in all sorts of mediums; from the rendering of the figure, to landscapes, abstractions in wood, stone and metal and most recently mosaics. I look forward to sharing them with you. (more…)

Cottonwood Meadow Ranch: Sheree Jarrell’s Goat Products

The residents at Cottonwood Meadow Ranch.Cheese, soap and goat fudge.


Nancy DeHerrera Crochet: Photography

Nancy CrochetHi, 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…)

Jane Kircher: Fused, Slumped Glass

VaseJane transfers strong design skills and a lifelong interest in light into original, evocative and often humorous fused and slumped glass sculptures.  This love of light gave her the inspiration to develop “light chimes”, creations that play with sunlight as wind plays with metal chimes.   For Jane, light and life are synergistic.  Light dances in the silence between thoughts.  It invites opportunity for delight, intimacy and wonder.   She loves to bend light through glass, cabochons and prisms setting a stage where it is broken into rays and rainbows as the day progresses.  Each object she creates, whether intended as a window sculpture or as a three dimensional piece, reflects and transfers light and color in ever changing ways.  Her experimentally crafted works use scrap glass, found materials, beads prisms and wire.  Some pieces are fused or slumped multiple times to achieve the desired result. (more…)