It’s 5:30 am on Saturday, August 14, the morning of the tour, and I have my morning decaf and steel-cut oats. I feel excited, anxious, and hopeful that the studio tour will be a fun, successful and safe event for all. This includes all visitors, artists and our wonderful Questa community. We are ready!
End of our first day, reflection:
Wow, what a day! As I sit here nursing a beer and checking emails and text messages, I realize that most (if not all) the artists have had a fabulous day, and what a lot of work for everyone involved! A day filled with kindness and gratitude for our art tour! Folks have been great! Everyone is doing their part by wearing a mask and sales are brisk!
This was the best Studio Tour we have ever had. Both days were wonderful, with Saturday being a little busier than Sunday. Now onto the final reports, sign pick-up, and photo collection.
I would like to thank all the artists for creating their beautiful, unique artwork and for all their perseverance and determination to produce their work. Also I thank the Questa Village Offices, the Questa Library and community for supporting our efforts, our sponsors and granters for the money we needed and for their belief in us, and the Questa Creative Council—our sponsoring, non-profit arts and education organization. Most importantly, I would like to thank the QSAT planning committee: Roger Harrington, Judy Rutledge, Monique Belitz, Linda Betz, Ellen Wood, Martha Shepp, Emily Wilde, and Mike Ridder have been instrumental in organizing and promoting the tour. Others who have volunteered are Audrey Kunkel, Betsy Peirce, Ron Rutledge, Flavio Cisneros, Nance deHerrera Crochet, Joan Norris, and Winter Ross. I would also like to thank all hub leaders. Without all of you, this event would never have happened.
Finally, remember that these artists make and sell work year-round. You can find many of them on our website: northernnewmexicoartists.com.