Hidden in a small valley in a historic New Mexico ghost town is solitude.

 

Spread over five acres and backed onto hundreds of acres of open desert are several of the last remaining 150-year-old adobe homes and buildings of a town time long forgot. Serving as a stagecoach stop, saloon, general store, mercantile, post office, hotel, and residences, these historic dwellings have evolved into living and working spaces for artists and creatives who seek to escape the distractions of everyday life and to focus on themselves and their craft.

“To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world. “

-Anthony Burgess

Historic Accommodations

 

You will be hosted in fully restored historic adobe buildings, where you will find yourself immersed in an authentic New Mexican habitat, while enjoying all the comfort of a fully furnished, artistically remodeled modern home.
Your host, Josh Bond, has been hosting tourists, travelers and creatives for decades, and lives on premisses. You will have all the space and quietness you need, while having someone nearby to answer to your needs, tell you stories about the rich past of the area, and help you to make the most out of your stay.

Studios and Art Spaces

 

Several studios and spaces are available, featuring different settings, rooms sizes and atmospheres. You will have the opportunity to choose between many old adobe buildings and a cargo container hybrid. Ancient and modern are in constant dialogue on the property, and you will be able to wander and pick up a space that fits your needs and your creativity.
Chairs, desks, tables and lightning are provided. Many other pieces of equipment and tools are available on demand.
As you work, you will see the light change through the day all the way to the golden hours of the evening, you will hear the whisper of the wind through the buildings and smell the fragrance of the desert after the summer’s rains. And at night, the sky will turn into an otherworldly tapestry of stars.

“To be creative you must create a space for yourself where you can be undisturbed… separate from everyday concerns.”

– John Cleese

Explore the Area

 

New Mexico is a vibrant and diverse state, alternating high desert powerful and raw landscapes with mountains forest and an abundance of wildlife. Humans have marked this land with a rich history, bringing together native, mexican and cowboys culture – as well as the modernity of a very lively artistic community.
You will have plenty of places, foods, arts and events to experience – many of them being within a short driving distance from the property, or a perfect occasion for a day trip.
Explore the Gila Mountains, marvel at White Sands National Park, enjoy the hot springs in Truth or Consequences, take a trip to Marfa, Tx, discover Santa Fe and the one of a kind Meow Wolf museum… or just follow the historic stage coach road starting from the property and admire the dramatic scenery, just a few minutes out of your door… Possibilities are endless.

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The Artist In Solitude Creative Development residency allows time, space, and solitude to artists, writers, actors and creatives who seek a retreat. A residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and for up to eight weeks. Residency fees depend on length of stay.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Cuchillo, NM?

Cuchillo, NM is located 2 hours south of Albuquerque, 3 hours from Santa Fe and 2 hours north of El Paso, Texas. 4.5 hours from Tucson. Only 15 minutes from the quirky artist town of Truth or Consequences, which is known for its healing hot springs, and only 10 minutes from New Mexico’s Largest Lake, Elephant Butte State Park. The Gila National Forest is about a 35 minute drive, and White Sands National Monument is about 2 hours. 45 Minutes to the Spaceport America.

Where is the Closest Airport?

The closest airports are Albuquerque, which is two hours driving time and El Paso, which is also two hours driving time.

Do I need a vehicle?

A vehicle is strongly recommended for convenience as it allows for mobility to explore the area. For an additional charge airport pick up and drop off is available, with scheduled trips in Truth or Consequences for groceries and supplies.

Are there other people in Cuchillo?

Although Cuchillo is considered a ghost town – it is a living ghost town with a population of about 30 residents. There are neighbors around the area – mostly retirees, families that have been here generations, and a few other artists.

What are the closest towns?

The closest towns are truth or consequences, New Mexico and elephant Butte, New Mexico. T or C, as the locals call it is approximately 12 miles and elephant Butte is approximately 9 miles away from Cuchillo.

Where is can I get groceries?

Groceries can be found in Truth or Consequences. There is a Walmart and another little local grocery store called Bullock‘s in downtown T or C.

Where is the closest restaurant?

The closest restaurants are located in elephant Butte and truth or consequences. There you can find about 15 restaurants. The restaurants range from fast food to diner, with a few higher end options.

What is the weather like in Cuchillo, NM?

Month     Temp. (min)  Temp. (max)  Temp. (avg)  Precipitation
January                28°F        57°F           41°F                0.5″
February              32°F        64°F           47°F                0.3″
March                   39°F        72°F           55°F                0.2″
April                     45°F         79°F           62°F               0.3″
May                      53°F         86°F           70°F               0.5″
June                     64°F         96°F           81°F               0.3″
July                      67°F         95°F           80°F               1.9″
August                 65°F         92°F           78°F               1.8″
September          59°F         87°F           72°F               2.1″
October              48°F          79°F           63°F               0.6″
November          37°F          67°F           51°F               0.4″
December          29°F          57°F           42°F               0.6″

Is the water okay to drink?

The water is from an huge aquifer under area and is great water to drink.

Is there Wifi or phone reception in Cuchillo?

Wi-Fi is available throughout the properties with moderate speed. Cellular service is spotty, depending on carrier – it can usually be found on different parts of the properties – or a quick walk up the hill. Cell service inside the homes or studios is unavailable due to the thickness of the Adobe walls. Your host has a landline on the property available if needed.

What is in the Accommodations?

The Old Romero Home is a fully furnished accommodation with everything you could need for a comfortable stay. It’s charms lay in the vintage decorations and original furnishings.

Can I take a walk in the Desert?

YES! The old stagecoach road runs adjacent to the properties and leads to the open desert that sits above Cuchillo Valley. The road is a few miles long and a great walk with amazing views of the Gila National Forest and the southernmost Rocky Mountains. 

What type of clothing/shoes are recommended?

The desert can be at times be a  harsh environment so it is recommended to bring a jacket of some sort and a pair of closed toe shoes. Also a hat/cap for protection from the sun.

How far are the Hot Springs and are they free?

The hot springs are located in Truth or Consequences, about 12 miles away. They are all private hot springs ranging in price from $4-$20 depending on the environment your seeking. Please ask your host for recommendations.

How much interaction with other artists and with the host is had?

It is up to the individual or group. Your host is available to make sure your stay is comfortable,  Typically creatives stay here for solitude and inspiration, so

What types of creatives choose to visit the Artist In Solitude Residency?

The environment is conducive to any creative seeking solace and solitude. Inspiration and self-reflection are found in abundance and can benefit Visual Artists, Writers, Photographers, Actors, Musicians, Designers, Print Makers, Builders, Painters, Sculptures, Mixed Media, Watercolor Artists, Screenwriters, Start-Up Teams and Developers.

Can I ship my supplies to the residency prior to arrival?

Yes, a physical address is available for shipment by UPS or FedX.

Shipment is also available through USPS, Small packages can be received at the boxes down the road, or at the Post Office located in Truth or Consequences.

Can I cook for myself?

Yes, the historic accommodations have modern facilities. There is a gas stove/oven, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and all the tools, dishes and utensils needed to facilitate cooking. 

Are laundry facilities available?

Yes. A washer and dryer are available for stays over 10 days.

How far are the mountains?

Cuchillo is centrally located between several National Wilderness’ and National Forests. The Gila National Wilderness and Gila National Forest is about 27 miles and the Apache Kid Wilderness along with the Cibola National Forest is about 20 miles away.

Where are the accommodations and art studios?

Located on the old stagecoach road in Cuchillo is a row of historic adobe homes. The Romero Home is where the Accommodations are. It is a large 3 bedroom adobe home with a kitchen and wrap around porch. The Studios are located in the neighboring Adobe homes.

Are any supplies/furnishings provided in the studios?

Studios and Spaces available range in size and furnishings depending on the needs of the creative. Desks, tables, chairs, and other furniture is available to customize the space. Tools, jars, and construction materials are all on hand if needed. Any tools the artist or creative needs for their craft will be their responsibility.

Do I get my own studio space?

Yes, studios and spaces available range in size and furnishings depending on the needs of the creative. Desks, tables, chairs, and other furniture is available to customize the space.

Do you have any work exchange program to help with costs?

Cuchillo, NM is located 2 hours south of Albuquerque, 3 hours from Santa Fe and 2 hours north of El Paso, Texas. 4.5 hours from Tucson. Only 15 minutes from the quirky artist town of Truth or Consequences, which is known for its healing hot springs, and only 10 minutes from New Mexico’s Largest Lake, Elephant Butte State Park. The Gila National Forest is about a 35 minute drive, and White Sands National Monument is about 2 hours. 45 Minutes to the Spaceport America.

How long can I stay?

Stays at the Residency range between 10 days and 6 weeks. If a longer stay is requested and the dates are available. Arrangements can be made.

Can I use a crowd-funding site to fund my stay at the residency?

Yes. It’s a great way to raise money for your stay.

Are workshops, classes or tours available?

Yes. It’s a great way to raise money for your stay.

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