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Jump into the Todos Santos Art Scene at Studio N.E. Hayles

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Whether you live in Todos Santos or are just passing through on vacation, the beautiful landscapes and warm light are sure to inspire your creative side. With spectacular surroundings - the crashing surf, green mountains, unique sunsets - it is no wonder that Todos is an artist haven, home to more than 31 artists. While you should definitely tour through the many art galleries in town, one of the best ways to experience the Todos art scene is to jump right in and create your own masterpiece. Try your hand at a Paper Tile Mosaic Art class taught by well known Todos Santos artist, Nanette Hayles.  

Paper Tile Mosaic Sample

In her Paper Tile Mosaic Art Class, students will learn to create a mosiac with paper tiles. Using high-end slick quality paper from magazines such as Architectural Digest, Vogue and Vanity Fair, your designs will come to life, one piece of paper at a time. With a "hands on", step by step approach, Nanette will lead you through the entire process. This course is great for everyone - beginning and advanced artists alike (and even for novices who wouldn't even deign to call themselves "artists").  

Student Hard at Work

The class takes place in Nanette's beautiful home/studio/garden setting. The relaxed atmosphere her home offers makes the creative process comfortable, fun and productive. During the class, you'll have ample opportunity to get to know Nanette, learn about her life as an artist and ask questions about what life is like as an artist in Todos Santos.

Whether you participate in a full day class (9am to 5pm), or a half day class (10am to 2pm), one of the highlights of your experience will be the delicious lunch that Nanette personally prepares for you. Our guests rave about her cooking!

Beautiful & Healthy Lunch

After a day spent watching your artistic vision come to life through paper tile mosaic, you'll be sure to have a deeper understanding about the magnetism of Todos Santos and why so many artists have made it their home. You can arrange the class through Villa Santa Cruz, or contact Nanette directly at

N.E. Hayles in Studio

More Details:

-  Pricing: $1,200 pesos for all day session; $700 pesos for half day session (both with lunch).
-  Classes include materials except magazines, please bring four.
-  Minimum 2 participants, Maximum 8 participants.
-  Visit the N.E. Hayles website at

More Information about N.E. Hayles:

Artist N.E. Hayles has lived in Todos Santos, Mexico since 1990 and has exhibited works in the United States, Japan and Mexico for over 25 years. With degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara and U.C. Berkeley in social sciences and education, she is a self taught artist and a master of the paper tile mosaic. Her art has been on display in the Galería de Todos Santos for a number of years and is currently displayed in her own gallery in Todos Santos.

Known for her unique paper tile mosaics, her pieces range from small to large format. They are available as commissions, originals, Nash Limited Edition Iris Prints, Epson Archival Prints, posters and postcards and cover such varied art themes as portraits, angels, florals, landscapes, seascapes, abstracts, architectural interiors and exteriors. In addition to working in paper tile mosaics, N.E. Hayles also works in oils, ceramics, venetian tiles and one of a kind furniture.

Todos Santos Artist Studio Tour

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Our pueblo of Todos Santos, a bohemian artist community, was in true form on Sunday, February 12 when over 30 local artists opened their studio doors and welcomed in the public for the 3rd Annual Artists’ Open Studio Tour.  From Villa Santa Cruz, Todos Santos Hotel, we headed into town and started the tour at the neighborhood café, Cafelix, to receive our self-guided tour map and official red wristband.  We also browsed Cafelix’s Visions Gallery which had on display one work from each artist on the Studio Tour.  As novice art enthusiasts (notice the emphasis!), we set out on the tour, looking forward to chatting with the artists and learning about their craft.

We headed up the main drag and stopped in at the Galeria de Todos Santos to visit with artists Michael Cope and Erick Ochoa.  Their studio, an outdoor garden space draped in weather-resistant tarps, let in natural sunlight and a soft breeze while beautifully exhibiting their large oil works.  (They also have an Asian inspired restaurant, Michael's at the Gallery, on Friday & Saturday nights).

We then stopped at Diane Knight’s Purple Door Studio and enjoyed her work – lovely paintings inspired by life in Mexico.

At Tori Sepulveda’s studio, we were hypnotized by her paintings of strong women and horses. 

Next door, we visited with Nanette Hayles and ogled her vibrant mosaics and discussed her emotionally charged pieces that depict the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy.

Jill Logan’s lovely garden studio displayed her colorful and sensual landscapes, broken tile murals and bold abstracts.

As we headed back towards La Pastora Beach to Villa Santa Cruz, we stopped at the Studio of Gloria Santoyo Ruenitz.  She explained how she combines encaustic,  found objects and photography into her works.

Our last stop was to see Jan Marie Sessler, whose serene abstracts featuring ocean colors and found materials were calming.

We were proud to have supported the artist community of Todos Santos during the Studio Tour.  We are continually impressed by the ingenuity and beauty in the works they create.  Our sincere thanks to the artists for sharing your spaces with us!