Something for Everyone at Tortuga this week

More info about these happenings under the ‘Events’ tab.

  • Wednesday February 20 @ 6:30pm- Open mic Poetry with Holly Wilson. by donation

  • Thursday February 21 from 10am to noon- Makers Time for all creatives. free event

  • Friday February 22 @ 7pm- Blue Mesa readings of works in progress. free event

  • Saturday February 23 @7:30pm- Community Barn Dance hosted by the Virginia Creepers. $5

  • Sunday February 24 from noon to 2pm- Watercolor Brush Calligraphy with Darling Clementine. $55 including materials

  • Monday February 25@ 6pm. Clothing swap and potluck. free event


Poetry & a new book launch this week

Wednesday January 16 is the first of Holly Wilson’s open mic poetry nights for the new year. Starts at 6:30pm. Mugs will be open for drinks and treats.

Saturday January 19 is Deb Coy’s launch of her new book, "Missing Persons: Reflections on Dementia". It is a compilation of poetry, prose, and art dealing with dementia. The wonderful contributions in this volume makes it extraordinary.
Join us in the celebration! Contributors will read and there will be goodies, a silent auction and books!

Also, Makers Time continues every Thursday from 10 am until noon. Mugs is open and it’s a time of creating and sharing.

See you here!

Coming up this week...

Los Separados- a benefit to assist those who were unjustly separated from their parents at our southern border, will happen at Tortuga this Saturday January 12 from 5-9pm. Art for sale by South Valley Academy students. All proceeds go to help those in need. Co-sponsored by theNew Mexico Immigrant Center.

Come to this one-day event and support!

Thursday January 10

Mugs @ Tortuga open 8-12 (also Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Makers Time 10am-12noon

Game Night 6-9pm

Mugs @ Tortuga Update:


Mugs @ Tortuga: a Tea & Coffee Spot is now open 4 days a week. Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday you will find Sarah Cummings, Master Barista at Mugs ready to serve up your favorite beverage.

Coffee & Tea @ Tortuga

Beginning this Friday, the Tortuga Coffee & Tea Shop will be open from 7am-10am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sarah Cummings is at the helm with a bright smile, warm welcome and hot drinks.

Come on by!


Coffee & Tea @ Tortuga

Open hours Friday, Saturday & Sunday 7-10am

Sarah Cummings, Bean Slinger has this to say:

Hi! I am Sarah, and I am going to be slinging beans this weekend at Tortuga's Creative Arts Fair! 

We will have gourmet coffee, Jill's delicious chai tea, cocoa, espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and more! 

Come enjoy a tasty coffee beverage, a pastry or bagel with a shmear, or a handmade breakfast burrito. 

Slinging beans for the Creative Arts Fair!

Arts Fair is ready and includes a coffee shop!

There is a full roster of artists and creatives for the Friends of Tortuga Creative Arts Fair 2018.

We are excited to announce that Sarah Cummings has agreed to run the kitchen space as a coffee shop for the days of the fair.

Opening night is Thursday November 29.

Shopping hours:

Thursday November 29 6-9pm.

Friday November 30 from 11am to 8pm.

Saturday December 1 from 10am until 6pm.

Tortuga Love_LesleyLong.jpg

Friends of Tortuga Creative Arts Fair

Calling for Artists for "Friends of Tortuga Creative Arts Fair"

Come join the fun!

Our annual Friends of Tortuga Creative Arts Fair is planned for Thursday November 29 through Saturday December 1. Set up for artists will be from noon until 5 pm, with shopping beginning at 6pm.

We will have a coffee/tea shop running in the kitchen area and various activities in the main part of the gallery.

There are still a few slots left for artists to participate, so if you are a creative, please click on the “Creative Arts 2018” tab on this website.

Closing Celebration for 64 Hexagrams by Denise Weaver Ross

Special Bonus during this Saturday’s closing event: All 64 of the 8 x 8” hexagram prints that are on display on the west wall are on sale for only $25 each! These are printed on hardboard and ready to display. Also, this is the last chance to see all 64 Hexagram original paintings in one place.

The evening starts at 6pm and there will be a reading of art inspired poems starting at 8pm.

Please stop by!


Blake Whyte in concert this Thursday

Traveling from New York, Blake Whyte is in Albuquerque with his wife who is performing with Wicked at Albuquerque’s Popejoy Hall. His upbeat tunes explore the challenges we all face in life.

Music of Blake Whyte

A dynamic actor, songwriter, and vocalist with supreme soul. Unpredictable, yet fluid, and freely authentic. Blake creates experiences that reawaken our strong bonds to the earth and humanity. He is a Broadway actor, singer/songwriter, and brand new father, who brings humor, improvisation, and great storytelling to his live shows. He has starred in the shows 'Wicked' and 'Mamma Mia!' on Broadway.

You don’t want to miss this one.

Thursday 7pm


While the Mural goes up outside, Denise Weaver Ross' Hexagram show goes up inside.

The first 64 hexagrams of the I Ching are represented visually in Denise Weaver Ross’ paintings. This month long show opens this Friday at 6pm.

For a sneak peek, plan to come to hear the sounds of singer/songwriter Tim Stokes from Australia. He begins his US tour at Tortuga on Thursday October 4 starting at 7pm. $10 cover.

Tim Stokes' music can open your heart, expand your mind and get your body grooving with songs that branch the bridges between ages, generations and walks of life. He shares songs sewn with hope, love and light, reminding us the “cracks are there for the light to shine in.”


Mural update

The muralists, Denise Weaver Ross and Roe LiBretto are adding more paint each day. Joel Davis has been working in his studio to prepare the tile for the mosaic on the east door.

You can find them here M-F between 2-6pm to have a look at the progress.

We continue to accept contributions through Go Fund Me or in person at the gallery.

Click on the mural tab for more info about sponsoring a portion of the mural. Thanks!

Bosque Mural @ Tortuga- happening Now!!

Wall prep for the mural began last week: the stucco was patched and repaired by Gilbert Chavez who has worked with muralist Denise Weaver Ross in the past.

The primer coat will be applied on Monday by the primer team headed by Jay Spang.

Meanwhile, Denise and Roe and a group of volunteers have been cutting the stencils to prepare them for application onto the building. It is an impressive process and all are welcome to view the work in progress. Stencil cutting will continue next Thursday and Friday (September 20 and 21) between 1 and 5pm.

Fundraising is ongoing- we are about halfway to our goal and this last portion is needed to rent a lift to get the artists up to those hard to reach places and of course to buy materials and pay the artists. All are invited to sponsor an animal or plant for the mural. Sponsors will receive of print of that animal or plant and have their name on the plaque after the mural is complete.

Come to Tortuga to fill out a sponsor sheet or use this link: Bosque Mural.

Thank you!!


Change the date for the "No-Plastic Potluck" and Mural updates

The date for the “No-Plastic Potluck” is now Sunday September 23 starting at 5pm.

“What is a “No-Plastic Potluck?” one may wonder. Well, as we celebrate reducing waste with “Transformations: A Show of Recycled Art”, we are aware that another way to reduce our footprint on our Earth is to work toward producing less waste and particularly less plastic waste.

While some plastic may be recycled, it is often referred to as down-cycling, since once plastic is produced, it is with us for a long time.

The challenge for this shared meal is to produce a dish and bring it using no plastic. We will share our experiences during the meal and watch a short video.

BONUS: Jude Tripp, one of the artists for Transformations is also a storyteller and will share with us:


Sit back, relax, open your ears, listen from your heart and share in the space of story as Jude Tripp takes you on a transformative journey through the telling of traditional world tales.

Having spent many years on far, far away where she was a community and English Language storyteller, Jude Tripp has returned to the US with the aim to add her contribution to storying us together, into community and into ourselves.


Bosque Mural Update

This week, while the wall is being prepped for the mural OUTSIDE, Denise will be working INSIDE to create the stencils that are needed to enlarge and transfer the mural image to the wall.

If you want to help and are good with scissors, come to Tortuga between 1 and 5pm on Thursday and Friday September 13 and 14.

Tortuga Mural Side copy.jpg

The view of the mural as it will be on the north side of Tortuga Gallery, facing Pacific Avenue.