Share your Passion coming up

On Sunday September 24 from 2-7pm all are invited to share your passion.  What is it that fuels you? What keeps you moving toward a goal or dream? 

Take some time to join people at Tortuga to share your passion with a talk, demonstration, video, poem, song, exercise or.... you decide.  Each presentation should be approximately 5 minutes. 

The afternoon will include a potluck, so bring your own favorite, nourishing dish. 

We are also celebrating out good friend Peter Trinh who is embarking on a new path in his journey. Donations received on this day will all go to Peter.

Consider joining this discussion- listen, hear, discuss, laugh, share.

Music coming this weekend +

On Saturday September 16, Tortuga is the lucky place to be: Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie form the heart of Bayou Seco. They have been playing the music of the Southwest including Chilegumbo - Cajun two-steps, waltzes, polkas and rancheras, chotis's, meringues and huapangos. The sound crosses cultural definitions, is multi-lingual and transcends labels. 

Bayou Seco will be receiving an award from the governor's office and Saturday we celebrate!

Cover $8-20

To stretch the weekend out just a bit, on Monday September 18, the Luke Gullickson Trio is celebrating the release of Wilderness, an album inspired by the Sabinoso Wilderness in northern New Mexico -- ringed by private land, this area is currently the only federally designated wilderness inaccessible to the public. Gullickson (guitar, Rhodes piano) will be joined by cellist Lisa Donald and violinist Donna Bacon to perform music from the album. Opening the evening is a solo set by the rambling Texas-based guitarist and musical explorer Andrew Weathers.


Thoughts on Local Treasures Reception

The Albuquerque Arts Business Association has honored artists deemed a 'Local Treasure' for the past 10 years.  This inspired event was brought about by Roy Johnson, AABA VP and owner of Sumner and Dene Gallery.  Pax and I feel so fortunate to be a part of the amazing, expansive community of artists in Albuquerque.

Jade Leyva, we are overjoyed to have your work including 2 seed murals on display at Tortuga for the month of September.  Thank you for sharing your gifts!


Chad Wilkins closes out August- Jade Leyva, Local Treasure ushers in September

We are excited to host Chad Wilkins for an uplifting evening of community, fun and liveliness.

If you have never experienced a Chad Wilkins concert, mark this date: Thursday August 31st at 7pm.  ($10-15)  After being at Tortuga, Chad and friends will travel to UnifyFest in Galisteo, NM.

September brings a taste of the creative expression of Local Treasure, Jade Leyva to Tortuga.  Her art and two of her seed murals are featured during this month that also hosts 21 artists in "Transformations: A Recycled Art Show".

Also, check out all of the events on the events tab.  So much happening this fall to bring beauty and hope to our community.


Please check out the tab of the Transformations show and consider submitting your work to join this group show centered around recycled art. Submissions are due August 15 at midnight via email to

It's gonna be a blast!

August at Tortuga

There are many events happening in August: next up is "The Harmony People" in concert on Friday evening August 11.  This duo of Anjalisa Aitken and Gary Garrett was dubbed the Harmony People because of their exquisite harmonies.  On Saturday August 12, all are invited to participate in a workshop from 2-4pm.  Cover for the concert is sliding scale $10-20 and the fee for the workshop is $25. 

Submissions for the Transformations Show has been extended to August 15.  Please consider joining this fun and creative show.  Submit 2-3 photos of your work that is 80% from recycled or re-purposed materials. Transformations, a Recycled Art Show will be on display at Tortuga from September 1-30.

CHANGE IN HOURS - During August, Tortuga will be open by appointment and during events.  The next art show will be ready for September 1st so if you need to meet with Pax or Jill to schedule an event, just give a call 505-506-0820.

Summer Collective's closing Days...

First Friday in August will mark the closing celebration for this year's Summer Collective.  Julie Brokken, Roe Libretto, Lesley Long, Mauny Muray, Eliza M Schmid, Risa Taylor, suzanne Visor, Denise Weaver Ross & Ilene Weiss will join Tortuga on Friday August 4 for a last look at the art in this space.  Kookie Jones will add his musical style to keep us hopping! 

But wait!- before that, this Sunday, there is a chance to attend an Astrology 101 class with psychotherapist and astrologer Dana Darrow.  Cost for this intro class is only $30. Sunday July 30 from 3-5pm.

Looking ahead:    Saturday August 5 Bad Mouth series New Mexico Allstars 7pm $10-20


A Full Weekend with events for all ages and tastes

The lovely SJ Tucker returns and is joined by Leslie Hudson for a glorious concert on Saturday July 15.  Show starts at 8pm.  $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

On Friday July 14 the storytelling tradition continues with Magic, Mischief and Meanderings: Tales of Rambling, Gambling, and Roughing-It with Phyllis Bergman, Mauny Muray, and Regina Ress.
This is a good event for ages 13+.
7-10 p.m. Sliding scale $5-15.

On Thursday July 13, Kim Vodicka and Josh Stevens from Tennessee will perform poetry and soundscapes.  Show begins at 9pm $5


Summer Collective Continues with June events

It is June and our apricot tree has blessed us with an abundance of fruit.  We may be one of the only galleries with fruit trees and chickens on the premises.  We have a strong connection with the cycles of the season and love to share the space with the community of art, poetry and music lovers.

Throughout the "Summer Collective" show, Tortuga will be open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1-5pm.  On Saturdays, some artists will be on hand. 

Coming up this month:

  • Game Night Thursday June 15 starting at 5:30pm
  • Concert with Hieronymous Bogs, Johnny Bell & Lady Uranium Sunday June 25 @ 7pm $10-20
  • Book Launch "Hers" sponsored by Jules Poetry Playhouse Tuesday June 27 @ 7pm

Please consider joining us for any event or come during our open hours to view the art.

Music at Tortuga in June & the Summer Collective Continues

Coming up on Friday June 2 is "Jessie & Nathan" playing their brand of folk music and heading for the Albuquerque Folk Festival on June 3.

The duo has traveled all over the world on the streets and stages sharing their unique sound. They frequent Mexico and Europe, as well as New Orleans.

A fusion of jazzy folk and blues on National Reso-Phonic guitars and accordion, with interesting interplay between female and male vocals, their trilingual performances are uplifting, fun, and with a message for people of all ages and cultures.

Cost is $8-15 (your choice).

Here's a link to their music:


Coming this week at Tortuga

This week, join us at Tortuga for some fun and entertainment.

Thursday is Game Night- starting at 5:30pm, gather and bring a game (or use one of ours) , bring a friend, bring a small donation (to help keep the place running) and enjoy yourself with an old, familiar game or try something new. 

Friday is a special storytelling event, "Time, Temptation & Treasure" featuring stories for adults performed by three highly accomplished tellers: physical teller Elaine Muray, expert in stories from the East, Steven Pla, and award-winning Sarah Malone.
Entrance Fee:$5-15 which includes light refreshments

The gallery is currently filled with the art of nine artists who comprise the Summer Collective: 

Julie Brokken
Roe LiBretto
Lesley Long
Mauny Muray
Eliza Schmid
Risa Taylor
Suzanne Visor
Denise Weaver Ross
Ilene Weiss

A visual feast to enhance all events!

Beginning with May. . .

The Summer Art Collective begins First Friday (May 5) with a look at the nine artists who will be part of Tortuga life for May, June, July and part of August.

We are featuring the works of Julie Brokken, Roe LiBretto, Lesley Long, Mauny Muray, Eliza M Schmid, Risa Taylor, Suzanne Visor, Denise Weaver Ross and Ilene Weiss. 

New Hours during the Summer Collective are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1-5 beginning Saturday May 6.  Hope to see you here!

April= Photography Show

"Vantage Point: Perspectives in Photography" is on view right now at Tortuga.  Featuring the work of four unique individuals: Jim Holbrook, Nancy JonesFrancis, Catherine Leicht and Kent Wood. 

Each person's images reflect a unique viewpoint expressed through the lens.  This show will be on view through April 29.  As always, Tortuga is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-5pm and during events and by appointment.  Call 505-506-0820 if you wish to schedule.

March- Living Artifacts, Luna Project- all winding down

As the artifacts return to Tortuga, I am amazed at how quickly this month has passed by.  It has been full of beauty and art and lessons and experiences.  now the Artifacts return for one last look, a moment of gathering and connecting, a time a place to raise the awareness of each other and life.

Please consider coming to Tortuga on Wednesday March 29.  There will be a reception with the artists and workshop participants at 6pm.  The gallery will be open starting at noon for an earlier preview. 

Living Artifacts are traveling

The Living Artifacts created by 17 women artists for Women & Creativity gathered at Tortuga to join the opening for Luna Project last Friday and are now traveling throughout the Albuquerque area.  Check for updates of locations here

Each artifact is an art playground inviting the viewer to touch, spin, write, reflect or add to the art. We hope you will purposefully wander the city to find the artifacts on their journeys.

On Wednesday March 29 all of the artifacts plus those created by the participants of the workshop will be back at Tortuga for a final night of art play.  You are invited to join the journey.

The Living Artifact Project is a sponsored event of Women & Creativity.  Check out all of the sponsored events at their website here.


Through Their Eyes: 12 Women Artists plus Living Artifacts

This Friday March 3, 2017 Tortuga is a virtual art playground.  17 Living Artifacts will be on hand for viewing and exploring.  The walls are filled with the beautiful and diverse art of the Luna Project women. 

The Living Artifact Project includes a workshop this Saturday March 4th.  If you are interested in creating your own Living Artifact, check out the tab on this page and register to experience it first hand.

February fun continues...

This Wednesday, February 22 starting at 6pm, Tortuga along with good friend Selena Bequette will be hosting a "No Plastic Potluck".  At Tortuga events, we encourage the practice of washing dishes instead of using plastic once and then throwing it away. We never have bottled water, preferring instead to drink filtered water (which is on tap in the kitchen area.)  So this will be a gathering to explore and celebrate how to live in this plastic world and make conscious choices regarding packaging.  

Special gift for all attendees.

Looking ahead-

Check out the tab, "Living Artifact Project 2017" for details about this featured event of the Women & Creativity series.