New Mexico, U.S.

Art&Soul in New Mexico, U.S.

Hot Springs Artist Retreat, Winter/Spring 2020

We at Art&Soul offer a variety of artistic opportunities for individuals, small groups (fewer than 5 participants), and one larger group artist retreat (10+ participants) all year long for those who are seeking time and space to create in the calm, quiet desert.

Our retreat site is located in the heart of the Hot Springs District in the eclectic and historic town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico in the Southwest region of the United States.  T or C (as the locals call this town) is situated along the beautiful Rio Grande surrounded by incredible natural Hot Springs. Each participant is housed in one’s (or couples, partners) own private Suite with open access to private Hot Mineral Baths, a secluded Courtyard, shared studio space…and clear skies where you can breathe, slow down, and focus.

We are in the southern part of the state, approximately a 2 hour drive south from Albuquerque, NM and also about the same distance northwest from El Paso, TX. Both cities have large, international airports.  Artists are required to provide their own transportation–to, during, and from–the retreat site.  There is so much to see and experience in the beautiful southwest, and this is not possible without one’s own vehicle.  Most of our artists bring their own cars, others rent one for the duration.    There are several car rental agencies in both Albuquerque and El Paso.

During the Winter and Spring, from January to May, we offer individual and small group/partner retreats.  One exception is during the month of February, when we offer a larger group experience (10-12 artist participants) in a somewhat more “structured” residency program for a full month. 

Hot Springs Artist Retreat: 

  • January-May 2020 for individuals and small groups. Self-directed, with some planned events. 2 or 4 week stays.  No February dates.
  • February 2020 “A Conversation with the Landscape” for 10-12 people with planned events, group show, excursions included in schedule. 1 Full Month stay.

Primarily, our artists use this time away from their day-to-day lives to work on their own project(s), choosing to join in with others as time and energy allows.  Although each participant has their own individual suite and access to private hot mineral baths, there are many opportunities to connect with others, as our retreat site is situated in the heart of the Hot Springs district–balancing quiet, contemplative time away from our busy lives with social time in the many gathering places close by…as well as in our shared studio.  Throughout the year, we provide creative time without a lot of interruption, limiting the number of our participants so that each artists can focus and create during this special time in the desert.

There is, however, one month during the year when we accept a larger group of applicants (approximately 10 artists are accepted into this month’s program).  During the month of February (Feb 1-29, 2020) we gather often for social and creative get-togethers, participate in a group exhibition, share meals once in awhile, and have a fun and engaging Art Share where we get the chance to learn about each other’s art, inspiration and methods in a very positive and supportive atmosphere.  Sometimes we feel the need to spend time alone with our art, and other times we enjoy the camaraderie of other artists with whom we may connect.  February with Art&Soul is a time for both! 

SPECIAL MONTH-LONG GROUP ARTIST RESIDENCY:  FEBRUARY 1-29, 2020 

“A Conversation with the Landscape”

The theme for FEBRUARY is “A Conversation with the Landscape” and consistent with it, we generally plan one or two excursions each week of the residency.  It is our intention to introduce our visiting artists to as broad a spectrum of landscape as possible and will visit local communities, historical and heritage sites, etc. These day trips are unstructured and casual, our only goal is to share the pleasure of moving through these different landscapes together. There are many unique sites in the surrounding area and although we try to include a few in our program, we encourage Artists to explore the area on their own and we are more than happy to share our knowledge of interesting locations for your own artistic adventures during your stay.

In February, we begin each week with a morning gathering in the shared studio. Light snacks and an exchange of news, information, and perhaps an exchange of artistic intentions for the coming week will be the focus. The week will end in the same way on Friday, where the week’s work can be shared. Participation in these sessions is entirely voluntary and artists are under no obligation to “produce” or attend, however it is a wonderful chance to gather, and we encourage artists to spend some of their time with other members of the program.

There are no restrictions regarding the type of work produced during the residency, however the shared studio space is primarily set up for 2 dimensional artwork, with some additional areas for sculpture/3D work . The Retreat has been designed to allow participants to share a common experience with a small group of fellow artists (1-10 participants), that encourages the exchange of ideas, while allowing the major focus to be private time for individual work and introspection.

THE LOCATION

The retreat site-located at Pelican Spas-is a perfect place to enjoy this magical and creative time in a beautiful desert setting! It is centrally located in the charmingly rustic and artistic town of Truth or Consequences, NM, situated right in the middle of the historic Hot Springs District.  Pelican Spas provides a soothing and creative atmosphere with an incredible collection of art, decorating each Suite and common areas.  There are private tub rooms, an outdoor courtyard, gathering room with kitchen area, and a lovely yoga/wellness studio.  T or C hosts many cafes and restaurants, a great brewery, movie theatre, shops and galleries…all walking distance from our retreat site.

The shared studio is very close to the Pelican, next door to a nice cafe and across the street from a breakfast and lunch bistro.  The Studio is in a great location, with easy parking, tables, chairs, easels, etc along with bathroom, washing station and kitchenette.  In the evening after a long day of creating art, it’s nice to stroll down the street to the Brewery along the way to listen to live music on the walk back “home”!  Many of our artists choose to use the shared studio, as it also provides an opportunity to showcase some finished pieces and works-in-progress to others during the public access hours (we keep these to a minimum as we don’t want to interrupt the flow, or disrupt other artists while they’re working).  Others choose to work off-site in various “plein-aire” locations, which are plentiful!  There is also space–depending on what one needs–to create in and around one’s own suite for some solitude.  We try hard to accommodate as best we can to provide time and space to make art!

PRIVATE INDOOR MINERAL BATHS

Come soak in the healing waters! Enjoy our crystal clear, sulfur free natural hot mineral baths with some of the highest mineral contents available in the world. There are four tubs that fit one-two people and one larger tub that fits approximately four-six people. Soaking is unlimited and runs on a first come first serve basis. All tubs are air conditioned for comfort even in the heat. Read more about our natural hot springs here:

https://www.sierracountynewmexico.info/attractions/truth-or-consequences-hot-springs

PRIVATE SUITES

Each Suite has 1 King or Queen sized bed and some with a sofa bed as well. Shower, sink and toilet in bathroom.  All have medium-size fridge, range, microwave, and coffee maker. The living room in each suite has HDTV with Direct TV and comfortable couch. Air conditioner, heater, WIFI internet. Each Suite has been furnished and decorated with a colorful and artistic flair…each unique and wonderful!  Access to shared dining and lounge areas for meeting up with others, and washer/dryer.  There is room to draw, write, work on computer, etc in each suite and around the facility, as long as things are cleaned up and not left in common areas. Unlimited use of onsite private mineral baths and parking. Weekly cleaning and linen/towel exchange is included in cost.  Artists provide their own food.  Pet friendly. The Art Studio is off-site, a few minutes from the Pelican.

EXCURSIONS

There are some absolutely incredible sights to see in and around the area.  There are great locations and viewpoints just minutes away along the river, at the lake, and on the mountain and desert trails.  Other wonderful places, which are further away (half hour to 2-3 hour scenic drives) that we recommend visiting are:  Bosque del Apache, Gila Cliff Dwellings, the “ghost towns” of Monticello, Hillsboro, and Winston, Las Cruces and Old Mesilla, White Sands, Hatch (chile capital of the world!) the Very Large Arrey, and Salinas Mission Pueblos.  They are all incredible!  Of course, there are the rich and historic cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe north of here…not forgetting magnificent “Old” Mexico, our southern neighbor, just beyond the border about an hour and a half away for those who might wish to “add on” some extra days to explore further afield.  There’s so much to see and experience in this richly diverse region!

History of T or C and SURROUNDING AREA

Truth or Consequences’ long history has unfolded around its hot springs.  For millennia, humans have gathered around the hot mineral water percolating up in the Rio Grande’s sandy marshlands where downtown T or C now stands.  The Ancients of pre-history built pit homes and pueblo-like dwellings and farmed the surrounding area.  They gathered around the hot springs for socializing and healing.  Much more recently, the Apache roamed the region using the hot springs for gathering and healing.

In 1598, Juan de Oñate and his troops moved northward through New Mexico, followed by Spanish settlers.  They built homes and villages, farming the canyons in the area.  In the 1800s, the Apache were driven out, and more white settlers arrived and developed ranching and mining activities.  In T or C, the first bathhouse was built in 1882 by cowboys from the John Cross Ranch.  More bathhouses followed. Construction of the Elephant Butte Dam (1911-1916) brought hundreds of workers to the area.  Upon completion of the dam, many settled by the hot springs, floating their small cabins down the Rio Grande from the dam site.  Many of these cabins can still be seen in the Hot Springs Historic District.   The town, known as Hot Springs, thrived and grew into a well-known resort and healing center, drawing thousands of visitors.  The downtown area was filled with motels, bathhouses, clinics, bars and stores.

On March 31, 1950, the town’s citizens voted 1294 to 295 to change its name from Hot Springs to Truth or Consequences.  Ralph Edwards, producer of the popular radio game show of the same name, had issued a challenge for a U.S. town to change its name in celebration of his show’s 10th anniversary.  Many answered his call, but he was inspired by the town’s focus on recreation and healing.  On April 1 (April Fool’s Day!), 1950, Ralph Edwards came to T or C to lead the first Fiesta celebration.  He returned each year for 50 years, demonstrating his love and dedication to the town and its citizens.

COST:

HOT SPRINGS ARTIST RETREATS (1-5 applicants accepted for 2 or 4 week sessions): 

$1,200 per 4 week stay. Excluding the month of February (includes Art Hop*)

$800 per 2 week stay. No February dates. (weeks 1 & 2 include Art Hop*)

$750 per 2 week stay. No February dates. (weeks 3 & 4 do NOT include Art Hop*)

 

SPECIAL MONTH-LONG ARTIST RESIDENCY “A Conversation with the Landscape”

$1,275 for the full month. February 1-29, 2020 (includes Art Hop*)

*ART HOP is a downtown Gallery Night, occurring on the SECOND SATURDAY of each month.  Artists who stay for the full month or those who attend for weeks 1 & 2 are invited to participate.  For those attending weeks 3 & 4, there will still be opportunities to display one’s work in the gallery section of our downtown studio, even though Art Hop opening night will be missed.  Our studio/gallery is always available for artists to show some of their work during their stay (as space allows). More information available once accepted into program.

To participate in one of Art&Soul’s residency program, all artists, emerging and established alike–including writers and other “creatives”–are invited to complete the application process.

To apply, please click on the link below to the online application form.

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