Wooden bench next to iron fence overlooking tree-lined Santa Fe Canyon Preserve.
Santa Fe Canyon Preserve Along the interpretive trail at Santa Fe Canyon Preserve © Alan Eckert Photography


New Mexico Earth Day Event

Preserving Santa Fe Canyon Through Art

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Join TNC in New Mexico and Patina Gallery to celebrate Earth Day with an environmental and creative collaboration called Preserving the Canyon.

On Friday, April 22nd, Kay Khan—an exceptional hand embroidery artist represented at Patina Galley—will  present an exclusive design with a deep range of colors to reverence the natural world. Influenced by the flowers at TNC's Santa Fe Canyon Preserve, Khan’s one-of-a-kind piece will be filled with gifts from some of Santa Fe’s favorite local businesses and available for purchase to benefit trail improvements and enhancements at the popular natural space.

Khan—who’s from Virginia and now lives in Santa Fe—utilizes different sewing techniques to weave together a mosaic of vivid colors and intricate details. Moved by pattern, structure, color and composition, her aspiration is to express a narrative that conveys what she sees and feels through her work.

Khan’s work has been shared in numerous publications around the world and is in the permanent collection of the de Young Museum in San Francisco, CA, Museum of Art and Design in New York, and the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, NM, as well as other notable institutions.

Funds raised by the sale of the usable textile pack will go toward renovations at the 20-year-old preserve. What started as a PNM land donation, the preserve has turned into a 575-acre oasis with wildflowers, birds, willows, deer and beaver.

Earth Day

Funds raised by the sale of the usable textile pack will go toward renovations at Santa Fe Canyon Preserve.

Black backpack with colorful nature designs on one side.
Closeup of colorful red flower stitched on backpack.
Small hummingbird sits in nest in tree.
Small black and yellow hooded warbler perched on branch in tree.
Santa Fe Canyon Preserve wooden sign on iron fence in front of mountainous terrain.

“With 30,000 annual visitors to the preserve, it became clear we needed to make improvements to this place and ensure its accessibly to remain a world-class natural area,” said Terry Sullivan, TNC’s state director for New Mexico.

In addition to new interpretive and multi-lingual signage, the chapter will build an ADA-compliant trail, a bird blind and an educational gathering space.

Thanks to all the Santa Fe businesses for participating in this special Earth Day collaboration:

  • Cafecito
  • Chiaroscuro Gallery
  • Four Seasons
  • Goler Shoes
  • Jean Cocteau Cinema
  • Museum of New Mexico Foundation
  • Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
  • Ohori's Coffee
  • Opuntia
  • Positive Energy Solar
  • Santa Fe Botanical Gardens
  • Second Street Brewery
  • Site Santa Fe
  • Ski Santa Fe | Sandia Peak
  • Violet Crown
  • Wild Life | Santa Fe Dry Goods

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