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!

Choose from Four Events leading up to the day of Gratitude

Check out these events in more detail on the Events tab:

Friday November 17 @ 7pm: "Surprise" Book Launch of poems by Jesse Ehrenberg. Music, refreshments and books for sale. (free event)

Saturday November 18 from 1-4pm: Artful Saturday Open studio featuring the artists from "Earth Now: A Fiber Show of Hope". There will be a special visit from the art studio known as SMASH studio/Schucker Bus.  Demos, hands on and conversations with the artists. (free event)

Sunday November 19 @ 6pm: Diane Patterson in Love as Revolution including Drunken Buddha. Suggested donation $8-20

Tuesday November 21 @ 7pm Muses on the Road with SJ Tucker. The Pixie Pirate is joined by truth goddess Lynda Millard, groove tamer Rhonda Jean, blues priestess Renee Janski & hippie warrior Ginger Doss. You choose your price from $10-20.

Creative Arts Fair is almost here!

The 2017 fair is currently full. You may submit an application if you would like to be on the waiting list.

With the beauty on view currently in the Earth Now show, I need to remind myself that the fifth annual Friends of Tortuga Creative Arts Fair is just around the corner. 

If you are a creative and would like to join us for this show, there is still time.  There are 4 slots left as of November 8, so make your plan today.

To sign up go to the "Creative Arts Fair 2017" tab on this page.


Earth Now: A Fiber Show of Hope

November 3 starts the long awaited fiber show at Tortuga. Eighteen artists have responded to the prompt:

Are you Hopeful?   Can humans work together in these troubled times?  Do you have a visual plan?   how can we turn problems into opportunities?

Come check out the show opening Friday November 3 at 6pm.

Open on Wednesdays and Fridays in November from 1-5pm except during Thanksgiving week.


Ascension plus Saturday's Celebration for Los Tres Fantásticos

The Tortuga community is a source of encouragement and collaboration and this weekend all are welcome to join together on Friday evening for a unique experience "Ascension: Gongs and Poetry" with Stan Renfro and Ron Kalinoski. The event will begin at 7pm. A $10 donation is requested.


Ahhh, autumn!

Simply the best with harvest, blue skies, crisp air and cozy evenings. In New Mexico, we experience the best of light, air and sights.



Los Tres Fantasticos



Saturday evening, we will celebrate the October show, "Los Tres Fantásticos, More than Meets the Eye." These three artists, Santiago Perez, Joshua Franco and Derrick Montez will be attending.



Little Beast will join Daddy Long Loin to entertain and delight.



Costumes welcome, light refreshments.








Los Tres Fantásticos: More than Meets the Eye

The works of three fantastic artists is on display at Tortuga during the month of October, 2017. 

 Joshua Franco, Derrick Montez and Santiago Perez —revive the concept of the original Los Fantasticos (2009) by returning to surrealistic hijinks, realistic magicalism, and painterly
invention in this new iteration of the Fantasticos.

A beautiful display of huge, large and small works, standing painted-sculpture, full of color, humor, Pop and tradition, thoughtful invention, and elaborately painted with eye-dazzling effects.

Opening is Friday October 6 at 6pm. Music and light refreshments.

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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