No Hours this Friday

Tortuga will be closed on Friday July 27 and will open on Saturday July 28 to prepare for Baile with Lone Piñon and Bayou Seco.

Potluck at 6pm

Music and dance at 7pm.

$10 cover


Raffle Winners Update

There has been a change in the raffle winners.  Fred Houdek of the Sierra Club has graciously allowed his winning number to be returned to the basket allowing another lucky individual to receive art by the mural artists. Thank you Fred!

Henrietta Duran is the winner of Roe Libretto's "Birthing the Joyful Self".

Liza Wolff is the winner of "How to Survive the Space-Time Continuum" by Denise Weaver Ross

Lucas Chavez is the winner of Joel Davis' amazing sculpture, "Self Portrait".

Congratulations to all!

Support for the mural continues with the Go Fund Me campaign.

You can sponsor an animal and contribute to the mural project at Tortuga Gallery as well.

Raffle Winners Announced!

We had a great turnout at Tortuga for today's Artful Saturday.

The drawing for the art raffle happened at about 4:45 and here are the winners:

Lucas Chavez was the winner of Roe Libretto's "Birthing the Joyful Self.

Fred Houdek was the winner of "How to Survive the Space-Time Continuum" by Denise Weaver Ross

Liza Wolff is the winner of Joel Davis' amazing sculpture, "Self Portrait"

Thank you to all who purchased tickets in support of the Bosque Mural.  

Mural Fest Raffle Tickets available now!

Plans for the mural are coming together. The mock up is on display in the gallery, the mural artists have put together a show of their work, each artist has donated a piece for the Mural Raffle and tickets are on sale now!

Buy tickets here or come to Tortuga to purchase one in person!

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The American Badger is one of many plants and animals available to sponsor for Tortuga's mural project.

Mural Fest Update

Check out the update of the mural- we changed the turtle from a red eared slider to a Western Painted Turtle because we discovered that the Red-eared slider is an invasive species. Wanting to have an accurate depiction of the plants and animals on the Tortuga Bosque Mural is important to all of us at Tortuga.  We are excited to work with Sierra Club's Bosque Action Team and make this mural a reality! 

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"Re-Birth A Show of the Rainbow Artists" continues

Tortuga is open on Thursday and Friday from 1-5pm until the closing of the Re-Birth show on Friday June 1 from 6-8pm.

These 24 artists have shared thier creativity with Tortuga this month:

Angela Storch, Anna-Lena Toledo, Barbara Endicott, Carol Adamec, Caroline LeBlanc, Deborah Welch, Eliza Schmid, Ginger Quinn, Grace Collins, Hilary Heyl, Ilona Halderman, Jackie Hertel, Janice Wentworth, Janine Wilson, Joan Fenicle, Leslie R Kryder, Marian Berg, Martha Heard, Mary DuBois, Nova Denise, Sondra Diepen, Sue Pine & Suzanne Visor.

If you haven't taken the time to come and see, now is your chance.

Time for Makers continues...

Second and Fourth Thursdays from 10am until noon or so, Tortuga is open for all creatives to bring a project to work on, share space and be inspired by each other. This week, some have chosen to work on 'Altered Books'.   Should be a fun time!

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More chances to see Re-Birth featuring the Rainbow Artists

Friday May 11- Tortuga is closed for a workshop so there will be no regular hours. Keep reading.....


May happenings!

Tortuga is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 1-5pm EXCEPT - on Friday May 11 there will be a full day workshop happening.  

We are also open during events and by appointment.

May 10 is a fun day- from 10am until noon Tortuga is a gathering space for makers: bring your knitting, weaving, collage, painting, any work in progress and come to inspire and be inspired.

Also on May 10 in the evening- Game Night!! My favorite. I am hankering to play a round of Dominion. Please join the fun!!  

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.