Photographing for Santa Fe Living Treasures , and being part of the Living Treasures committee, is a great honor for me. This year, three amazing women were nominated and selected to join the ranks of Living Treasures. They are artists and activists who have changed the lives of all of us by what they give of themselves.
Jane Petchesky is an activist and environmentalist. She appreciates all things natural and wild. In 2009, Jane donated her ranch, 262 acres amidst increasing development, to the Forest Trust, and gave her home to the NM Land Conservancy for their state headquarters. The NM Land Conservancy, with their goals of protecting open spaces, are now settled and thriving in a beautiful place surrounded by four mountain ranges. Jane and her husband Gene raised quarter-horses on the ranch, up to 24 at a time. They both played a part in the founding of the Santa Fe Rodeo. Jane continues to be an active member of the Santa Fe community, engaged in water conservation and the natural flow of rivers.
Theo Raven is “the stuff fairy tales are made of”. “Theo is an artist of the soul. A beautiful monument and fixture in Santa Fe. She is the delicate birds nests she collects, she is the willowy aspens she fights to keep alive. And her dogs say grace.” Born in Santa Fe in 1931. Theo’s mother was a German immigrant who became governess for the grandchildren of Mabel Dodge Lujan. Theo and her mother opened Doodlet’s, a downtown Santa Fe “toy” store, together in 1955.
Shirley Minett “Be open to Life”…..this is Shirley Minettâ€™s calling–through her daily artful existence she truly lives in love. A humanitarian of the highest order, with quiet wisdom and a positive outlook on life, Shirley opens her arms and heart to everyone, especially broken souls,– including the furry and feathered–anything with a heartbeat.
Join us in honoring them on Sunday, June 13th, at 2pm at the United Church of Santa Fe.