A Change in this week's schedule

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Change is good

Ekphrastic Poetry Writing Date Change

The writing portion for “The Blues Show” will take place on Thursday March 21, 2019. The Reading will still be on Friday April 5.

Pi Day Game Night

This month’s game night has a special twist- because it is Pi Day, please bring a pie (savory of sweet) to share with your fellow gamers. A special Pi activity may also be available.

Don’t be a square, come to Pi Day game night!

The Blues Show opens with a Pop-Up

Friday March 15 is an opening with something special. In addition to the amazing art on the walls by ten members of A.R.T. (Artists “Round Town) some will also have their unique artistic craft pieces available. For this one night only. Preview at 5pm, opening from 6-9.

Blues music by “Los Unusual Suspects”

A free event, donations appreciated!

A few events before the A.R.T. show opens

  • Thursday March 7 from 7-9pm “Trio Du Monde” Dance Concert with Meg York music. $10-20 sliding scale. Proceeds go to the Trans Liberation Coalition.

  • Friday March 8 from 7-9pm Nicholas Naioti and Extravision plus Tom Foe. $10-20 sliding scale.

  • Ekphrastic Poetry writing inspired by “The Blues Show’ by Artists “Round Town. All poets are welcome to come and preview the art to write poetry which will be shared at the poetry event on Friday April 5 from 6-9pm.

  • Thursday March 14- Game Night (Second Thursday) This happens to be Pi Day. So for the potluck, bring your favorite pie to share. Consider the possibilities- quiche, shepherds, peach, cherry, coconut. What’s your favorite?

  • Friday March 15 is the opening for The Blues Show. This is a special opening which includes a pop-up show of the fine crafts of these artists. Pop-up and art show starts at 6pm. Special blues music by Los Unusual Subjects at 7pm.

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Something for Everyone at Tortuga this week

More info about these happenings under the ‘Events’ tab.

  • Wednesday February 20 @ 6:30pm- Open mic Poetry with Holly Wilson. by donation

  • Thursday February 21 from 10am to noon- Makers Time for all creatives. free event

  • Friday February 22 @ 7pm- Blue Mesa readings of works in progress. free event

  • Saturday February 23 @7:30pm- Community Barn Dance hosted by the Virginia Creepers. $5

  • Sunday February 24 from noon to 2pm- Watercolor Brush Calligraphy with Darling Clementine. $55 including materials

  • Monday February 25@ 6pm. Clothing swap and potluck. free event


Poetry & a new book launch this week

Wednesday January 16 is the first of Holly Wilson’s open mic poetry nights for the new year. Starts at 6:30pm. Mugs will be open for drinks and treats.

Saturday January 19 is Deb Coy’s launch of her new book, "Missing Persons: Reflections on Dementia". It is a compilation of poetry, prose, and art dealing with dementia. The wonderful contributions in this volume makes it extraordinary.
Join us in the celebration! Contributors will read and there will be goodies, a silent auction and books!

Also, Makers Time continues every Thursday from 10 am until noon. Mugs is open and it’s a time of creating and sharing.

See you here!

Coming up this week...

Los Separados- a benefit to assist those who were unjustly separated from their parents at our southern border, will happen at Tortuga this Saturday January 12 from 5-9pm. Art for sale by South Valley Academy students. All proceeds go to help those in need. Co-sponsored by theNew Mexico Immigrant Center.

Come to this one-day event and support!

Thursday January 10

Mugs @ Tortuga open 8-12 (also Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Makers Time 10am-12noon

Game Night 6-9pm

Mugs @ Tortuga Update:


Mugs @ Tortuga: a Tea & Coffee Spot is now open 4 days a week. Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday you will find Sarah Cummings, Master Barista at Mugs ready to serve up your favorite beverage.

Coffee & Tea @ Tortuga

Beginning this Friday, the Tortuga Coffee & Tea Shop will be open from 7am-10am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sarah Cummings is at the helm with a bright smile, warm welcome and hot drinks.

Come on by!


Coffee & Tea @ Tortuga

Open hours Friday, Saturday & Sunday 7-10am

Sarah Cummings, Bean Slinger has this to say:

Hi! I am Sarah, and I am going to be slinging beans this weekend at Tortuga's Creative Arts Fair! 

We will have gourmet coffee, Jill's delicious chai tea, cocoa, espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and more! 

Come enjoy a tasty coffee beverage, a pastry or bagel with a shmear, or a handmade breakfast burrito. 

Slinging beans for the Creative Arts Fair!

Arts Fair is ready and includes a coffee shop!

There is a full roster of artists and creatives for the Friends of Tortuga Creative Arts Fair 2018.

We are excited to announce that Sarah Cummings has agreed to run the kitchen space as a coffee shop for the days of the fair.

Opening night is Thursday November 29.

Shopping hours:

Thursday November 29 6-9pm.

Friday November 30 from 11am to 8pm.

Saturday December 1 from 10am until 6pm.

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Friends of Tortuga Creative Arts Fair

Calling for Artists for "Friends of Tortuga Creative Arts Fair"

Come join the fun!

Our annual Friends of Tortuga Creative Arts Fair is planned for Thursday November 29 through Saturday December 1. Set up for artists will be from noon until 5 pm, with shopping beginning at 6pm.

We will have a coffee/tea shop running in the kitchen area and various activities in the main part of the gallery.

There are still a few slots left for artists to participate, so if you are a creative, please click on the “Creative Arts 2018” tab on this website.

Closing Celebration for 64 Hexagrams by Denise Weaver Ross

Special Bonus during this Saturday’s closing event: All 64 of the 8 x 8” hexagram prints that are on display on the west wall are on sale for only $25 each! These are printed on hardboard and ready to display. Also, this is the last chance to see all 64 Hexagram original paintings in one place.

The evening starts at 6pm and there will be a reading of art inspired poems starting at 8pm.

Please stop by!


Blake Whyte in concert this Thursday

Traveling from New York, Blake Whyte is in Albuquerque with his wife who is performing with Wicked at Albuquerque’s Popejoy Hall. His upbeat tunes explore the challenges we all face in life.

Music of Blake Whyte

A dynamic actor, songwriter, and vocalist with supreme soul. Unpredictable, yet fluid, and freely authentic. Blake creates experiences that reawaken our strong bonds to the earth and humanity. He is a Broadway actor, singer/songwriter, and brand new father, who brings humor, improvisation, and great storytelling to his live shows. He has starred in the shows 'Wicked' and 'Mamma Mia!' on Broadway.

You don’t want to miss this one.

Thursday 7pm


While the Mural goes up outside, Denise Weaver Ross' Hexagram show goes up inside.

The first 64 hexagrams of the I Ching are represented visually in Denise Weaver Ross’ paintings. This month long show opens this Friday at 6pm.

For a sneak peek, plan to come to hear the sounds of singer/songwriter Tim Stokes from Australia. He begins his US tour at Tortuga on Thursday October 4 starting at 7pm. $10 cover.

Tim Stokes' music can open your heart, expand your mind and get your body grooving with songs that branch the bridges between ages, generations and walks of life. He shares songs sewn with hope, love and light, reminding us the “cracks are there for the light to shine in.” 



Mural update

The muralists, Denise Weaver Ross and Roe LiBretto are adding more paint each day. Joel Davis has been working in his studio to prepare the tile for the mosaic on the east door.

You can find them here M-F between 2-6pm to have a look at the progress.

We continue to accept contributions through Go Fund Me or in person at the gallery.

Click on the mural tab for more info about sponsoring a portion of the mural. Thanks!

Bosque Mural @ Tortuga- happening Now!!

Wall prep for the mural began last week: the stucco was patched and repaired by Gilbert Chavez who has worked with muralist Denise Weaver Ross in the past.

The primer coat will be applied on Monday by the primer team headed by Jay Spang.

Meanwhile, Denise and Roe and a group of volunteers have been cutting the stencils to prepare them for application onto the building. It is an impressive process and all are welcome to view the work in progress. Stencil cutting will continue next Thursday and Friday (September 20 and 21) between 1 and 5pm.

Fundraising is ongoing- we are about halfway to our goal and this last portion is needed to rent a lift to get the artists up to those hard to reach places and of course to buy materials and pay the artists. All are invited to sponsor an animal or plant for the mural. Sponsors will receive of print of that animal or plant and have their name on the plaque after the mural is complete.

Come to Tortuga to fill out a sponsor sheet or use this link: Bosque Mural.

Thank you!!