The idea emerged from a casual gathering of Santa Fe community members.
During the meeting, longtime friends Patina Gallery owner Ivan Barnett and The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico’s philanthropy director Jackie Hall hatched a plan to engage the local community in the Conservancy’s Picnic for the Planet Earth Day activities.
It’s not uncommon in Santa Fe for artists to decorate items in the spirit of a good cause—and this effort was no different. Three picnic baskets became the canvas and inspired local artists to think about the connection between food and nature.
On April 21st, the Conservancy is co-hosting a Picnic for the Planet at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. The one-of-a-kind picnic baskets—which will contain goodies from the Market—will be raffled off to three lucky attendees. Scoring a raffle ticket will be as easy as signing up to receive email updates from The Nature Conservancy.
We hope to see you there!
Meet the Artists
“Patina Gallery’s art involves lots of textiles and organic materials. As a result, this project was a perfect fit for our gallery and its artists. The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market is an essential part of our town and The Nature Conservancy plays an important role in the world. I was happy to connect these causes on a day dedicated to the planet.”
“I’ve watched my own child celebrate and look forward to Earth Day over the years. It’s special because it gives us a day to reflect about air, water, soil and food and to consider the stewardship required to keep it all clean and healthy. Thinking about these things helps us to be more connected with the Earth.”
“The bags that I create, make and sell are long lasting and durable. Making and using them reduces waste. This is why participating in this project was a nice fit. I am glad to support something local, sustainable and supportive of using the planet’s resources responsibly.”