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Celebrated Artists Engage in “Picnic for Earth” Exhibition

“This exhibit is a creative crossroads between art, food and nature.”

-Ivan Barnett
"Picnic for Earth" Curator, Patina Gallery Owner

Just in time for Earth Day on April 22, New Mexico art aficionados have a unique opportunity to see where art and nature connect.

The Nature Conservancy, Patina Gallery and the Santa Fe Farmers' Market are hosting "Picnic for Earth" April 5-26, an exhibition featuring one-of-a-kind picnic baskets created by some of New Mexico's most celebrated artists.

For the exhibit, the Conservancy provided 15 artists with a handmade oak picnic basket as their "canvas" — the rest was up to them. 

The results are 15 different wildly creative and meaningful works of art that represent daring out-of-the-lunchbox-thinking. The artists embellished, decorated, chopped, covered, painted, cut, wrapped and even buried the baskets, with surprising results.

“This exhibit is a creative crossroads between art, food and nature,” says Ivan Barnett, Patina Gallery owner. “It was exciting to see the artists embrace this creative challenge. Some visited places where The Nature Conservancy works such as local preserves, farms and the mountains to find their inspiration.” 

Nancy Judd found inspiration at the Conservancy’s Santa Fe Canyon Preserve, located just a few miles from the city center. “Since I create fashion sculptures from trash, turning the basket into a garment was a natural choice for me,” says Judd. 

Artist Laurie Archer of Santa Fe found her inspiration from flowers, fruits and vegetables. “It is a delight being a part of this exhibition,” says Archer. “While working on the basket, a nursery rhyme kept running through my head. The words to ‘A-tisket, A-tasket’ serve as a clue to the surprise inside my basket."

Patina Gallery will donate proceeds from a private auction of the “Picnic for Earth” baskets to the Conservancy and the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market.   

The “Picnic for Earth” Exhibition ran from April 5-26 at Patina Gallery, 131 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe.  


Featured Artists

Maude Andrade, Patina Gallery

Laurie Archer, Verve Gallery

Joe Bova

Kevin Box, Selby Fleetwood Gallery

Jan Brooks, Lane Coulter and Amelia Coulter

Matthew Chase-Daniel, Axle Art

Devendra Contractor

Geoffrey Gorman, Jane Sauer Gallery

Melinda K. Hall, Meyer East Gallery

Nancy Judd

Yuki Murata, Victoria Price Gallery

Peter Ogilvie, William Siegel Gallery

Chris Richter, Chariscuro Gallery

Gail Rieke and Sialia Rieke

Holly Roberts, Zane Bennett Gallery        

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