OCHO Art & Event Space is an experiment. We take a seriously playful approach at OCHO, recognizing potential, incubating creative practices and strengthening of relationships in the community . Located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Questa, New Mexico along the Enchanted Circle, OCHO hosts working artists, rotating exhibitions, artists in residence, classes, workshops, films, talks, yoga, dances, music events, and pioneering adult learning experiences called PlayLabs.
OCHO offers a rich mix of "Living Arts"
- Gallery & Visual Arts
- Herbal & Culinary Arts
- Sound Sanctuary & Healing Arts
- Permaculture & Environmental Arts
- Contemplative Arts
- Language Arts
- Music & Theater Arts
- Dance & Movement Arts
In keeping with the diverse population and eclectic interests of the village of Questa and its surrounding communities, OCHO boasts a collection of functions and hosts a variety of activities: fine art exhibitions, yoga, education, film screenings, music events, creativity and art classes, community celebrations, delicious meals and not least, studio and office space. From kids' kites to cutting edge artist videos, to one-person-shows, we can only count on more, well… surprises!
For the generation of gringos that missed mandatory Spanish, our name, Ocho, means "eight" and is pronounced “Ohh- cho.” This lovely onomatopoeia was drawn from our street address, #8 State Hwy 38, with a conveniently graphic nod to the Hispanic legacy of the town. Other apt “8” associations: the Eightfold Path; dry 80 degree loveliness in the summers, the 80-mile Enchanted Circle road trip, the infinity symbol if you flip the number "8" on its side....!
June 2012, Taos news article about OCHO - Ocho: A Place for the Questa Community
History of Ocho
OCHO dreamed itself alive, snaring Kelly Morris, and later, Min Jae Hong, into developing and refurbishing the good bones into a studio gallery, but their expanded vision allows for the inclusion and celebration of community.
Following the establishment of the foundation by Kelly and Min Jae, with much hammer help from James Garcia, Claire Coté and her organization, LEAP, is the first creativity pioneer to make OCHO a work-home.
Reaching further back in time, the recent history of the building dressed for business as the local Union Hall, a boxing facility, and a sewing shop. Locals continue to reveal older incarnations.
The interior renovation was completed in June 2012. Photos below show some before and after samples,