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.

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

Fun Events this week with "The Good Life: Extended Nature" on view

Tuesday August 7 Tuesday @7pm Poetry Playhouse presents "Survival". Reading and refreshments, books available for sale.

Thursday August 9 @ 10am- 12 noon- Makers Time. All creatives are welcome to bring a project to work on and share space with others

August 9 @ 6pm- Game Night

Friday August 10 @ 7pm- Storytelling: Joe Hays, Kathy Sax and Steven Pla tell stories of the Great Outdoors. $10

Saturday August 11 from 10am to 5pm watch the creation of "Electric Desert".

Saturday August 11 5:30pm- 9:00pm- Dance party in the Electric Desert. $5


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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