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.



First Friday News!

News for First Friday...


Eric McEuen at Tortuga


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!

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.