Next up at Tortuga: Stories, art workshop and dance!

Friday April 13 7-9pm "Land, Light & Life" storytelling $10

Friday April 20 Acrylic Workshop with current artist Kay Marcotte 1-5pm.

Saturday April 21 11-12 Mauny Muray's magic show for ages 4-15 $5

Saturday April 21 Lone Piñon returns with traditional New Mexico music and dance. Potluck at 6pm, music at 7pm. Suggested donation $10-15. 

Thursday: Time for Makers, Game Night plus "In Clear Light" continues

Thursday morning April 12 from 10-12am, Tortuga is open to anyone who wants to share space with other creatives.  Bring a project that you want to work on and share ideas and inspiration. Bring a snack if you like.  

That same day starting at 6pm is our monthly Game Night.  Bring a snack and a friend and a playful spirit. 

The current show, "In Clear Light" is on view until the end of the month. Regular hours are Thursday and Friday from 1-5pm.

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This Weekend at Tortuga: Sound Healing, Poetry, Music, Singing

Sound Healing- Friday March 30 @ 7pm $10

Walls Anthology Reading Saturday March 31 @ 2pm Hosted by Jules Poetry Playhouse

Songs from the Rez fundraiser and CD release including Meredith Wilder, Kristina Jacobsen, Chucki Begay. Saturday March 31 @ 7pm $15

Vocal ecstasy  Sunday April 1 @ 6:30-8:30pm   Devotional voice improv & circle singing hosted by Io Berg


Creating Community with student art

Students from South Valley Academy share their photography along with work from nine Lew Wallace fifth graders.  Available for view Thursday and Friday from 1-5pm through the end of the month.  

Upcoming events (for more details choose the Events tab):

       Sound Healing with Tammy & Anthony Chino Friday March 30 @ 7pm. $10

      "The Wall" poetry Reading and book launch sponsored by Jules Poetry Playhouse. Saturday March 31 @ 2pm.

       "Songs from the Rez" with Meredith Wilder,  Kristina Jacobson and Chucki Begay. Saturday March 31 @ 7pm $15.

Shown here: "Corner of the Sky" series by Lluvia Regalado.


Creating Community & Soup is Love continues through the weekend

If you haven't shopped the bowls from the "Soup is Love" project yet, come soon. The bowls are being snatched up quickly.  Vicky Bolen's project to benefit OffCenter started with over 600 bowls. There are about 250 left and shopping continues at Tortuga Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 16, 17 and 18 from 1-5pm.

Creating Community, an exhibit of student work from South Valley Academy and Lew Wallace Elementary will have the opening reception on Sunday March 18 from 2-5pm.  Come see the works of these visionary young people.  


Thursday March 15: Bowls, Hands, SMASH Bus and Games!

As the new student art show, "Building Community" is being prepared, Tortuga is the place to be. On Thursday. Vicky Bolen will bring bowls from her "Soup is Love" project and they will be available for sale starting at 1pm.

The "Hands" exhibit is on display and takes more than one look in order to see everything.

Shelley will have the SMASH Bus (aka portable art studio) in front of Tortuga to help all to create their own papier mache bowl. (1-5pm)

Things don't stop there- starting at 6pm, we remain open for game night which includes a potluck. Why not bring some soup to share and purchase a bowl made by community members?

Proceeds of all sales go to OffCenter for the Arts.



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Good friend and singer/songwriter will be joining us from Denver to fill our hearts with song.

Friday March 2 starting at 6pm.

Don't miss this one!

Saturday February 24 starting with a potluck at 6:30pm- Lone Piñon will be at Tortuga with Traditional New Mexico music and dance.  This is an all ages, all fun event. Bring a dish to share, your dancing shoes and a sweet donation, you won't regret it!

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"Going to the Mountaintop" with Sandia Mountain Art Show

Tortuga is open on Thursday and Friday from 1-5pm and during these events:

Friday February 16 from 7-9pm.  The art on the walls provides the perfect backdrop for the storytelling event "Going to the Mountaintop" with tellers adventurer/traveler Rick Berg, Argentine and bilingual storyteller, Matilde Machiavello, and returning Burqueno and lover of the personal narrative, Nash Jones.  They share their own tales of mastering majestic and challenging altitudes.   Suitable for ages 13 and up.    Suggested Donation- $5-15

Third Thursday is Game Night.  Bring a friend and a snack. We have plenty of games or bring one that you want to share.  by donation





Sandia Mountain Show includes poetry + music open mic

The Sandia Mountain Show features the works of 33 local artists sowing their creativity inspired by the Sandia Mountains.  On opening night, all poets and singer/songwriters are invited to share their words as well.  

The opening is Friday February 2 starting at 6pm.  Come join us for this fun, inspiring evening.

Tortuga Opens with new hours for the Sandia Mountain Art Show

Responses to the Sandia Mountain Art show are pouring in.  Full details about sending in submissions are in the menu of this page titled "Sandia Mountain Art Show".

The deadline for submissions is January 15. All artists will be notified as to which pieces are selected by January 18. 

Beginning in February, Tortuga will have open hours on Thursdays and Fridays from 1-5pm.  The gallery is also open during events and by calling 505-948-8840.

The first Game Night of 2018 is Thursday January 18 starting at 6pm.  

The Call for art for the Sandia Mountain show continues...

All artists are encouraged to submit work for the Sandia Mountain show in February.  Go to the Sandias Art Show link for more info.

Next week we will be hosting a book launch for Eleanor Stewart's book, "Stories, Experiences and Epiphanies".  Wednesday evening January 10 at 6pm.

Third Thursday is always game night. Show up at 6pm for games and chuckles.

Come join us at any event this month- we'll have a fire going!


Call for Art while Tortuga Hibernates

The gallery will not be open for the rest of December and the beginning of January 2018. The coffee shop renovation continues during this time.



The call for art for February has begun.  The theme for the 2018 February show is the Sandia Mountains.  Please consider submitting art in any medium that is created about or inspired by our unique Sandia mountains.  Photos, paintings, drawings, fiber art, poetry, stories, sculpture- the sky's the limit!  Go to the Sandia Art tab for more details.

Have fun creating and we will see you in the new year!