As we approach Earth Day (April 22), The Nature Conservancy, Patina Gallery and the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market invite the public to a “Picnic for Earth” exhibition celebrating our planet, the bounty it provides and the people who help preserve it. Ivan Barnett, owner of Patina Gallery, curated the exhibit which features 15 celebrated artists from New Mexico. Each artist, inspired by nature and New Mexico’s landscapes, created an original work of art from a picnic basket provided by The Nature Conservancy. The “Picnic for Earth” exhibition runs from April 5 – 26 at Patina Gallery, 131 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe.
“Nature does so much for us,” says Terry Sullivan, the Conservancy’s state director. “Nature cleans our air, filters our water and provides a place for us to play. As we celebrate Earth Day, this partnership offers us an opportunity to raise awareness about the many ways the Conservancy protects important lands and waters that benefit people and nature.”
Patina Gallery, established in 1999, features soul-stirring works in designer jewelry, wood, clay, fiber and sculpture. Allison and Ivan love nature and draw inspiration from it. The organic is essential to their aesthetic and many of the materials used by artists they represent at Patina are natural.
“This exhibit is a creative crossroads between art, food and nature,” says Ivan Barnett. “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 gathered materials 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. “My inspiration came from all the time I spent at the Conservancy’s Cascade Head Preserve in Oregon as a child. That’s where I developed my appreciation for nature.”
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.”
In addition to Archer’s picnic basket, visitors can view her photogravure – etchings made from photographs – all inspired by our magnificent Earth. She is represented by the Verve Gallery, which along with Patina Gallery will donate a portion of the sale of her photographs to The Nature Conservancy and the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market.
Additionally, proceeds from a private auction of the “Picnic for Earth” baskets will be shared by both nonprofit organizations. “This is a natural partnership,” says Bob Ross, president of the board for the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute. “The Farmers’ Market provides a venue to sell goods grown and made by local farmers and producers while the Conservancy works to protect the land and water they rely on. Our missions are aligned.”
To learn more about the exhibition and the artists involved, visit nature.org/newmexico.
Featured works by:
Maude Andrade, Patina Gallery
Laurie Archer, Verve Gallery
Kevin Box, Selby Fleetwood Gallery
Jan Brooks and Lane Coulter
Matthew Chase-Daniel, Axle Art
Geoffrey Gorman, Jane Sauer Gallery
Melinda K. Hall, Meyer East Gallery
Yuki Murata, Victoria Price Gallery
Peter Ogilvie, William Siegel Gallery
Chris Richter, Chariscuro Gallery
Gail Rieke and Sialia Rieke
Holly Roberts, Zane Bennett Gallery
The Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute: In order to create a sustainable food system in northern New Mexico, our work illuminates possibilities and establishes relationships to build new pathways to support the SF Farmers Market and the agricultural producers of northern New Mexico. We empower people to access locally produced food, enable agricultural producers to sustain and improve their businesses and livelihoods, while giving the community opportunities to contribute.
Patina Gallery: Considered one of the most beautiful galleries in Santa Fe, Patina represents more than 100 American and European artists working in the media of clay, wood, fiber and studio jewelry. Now in its 14th year, Patina is an international destination for connoisseurs of soul-stirring contemporary design
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico