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Patina Gallery Seeks to Display Soul-Stirring Works

By Kelly Church

After recently taking a break to work on his latest exhibit pieces for In the Garden & Beyond the Sky, Ivan Barnett is back running his art gallery, Patina Gallery. Barnett owns the gallery alongside his wife Allison. Together, the couple opened their art studio that celebrates classic Santa Fe, NM jewelry and art.

"I take a very purist view of studio craft," Barnett said. "I feel a personal connection to the tradition and a personal commitment to preserving the natural world around Santa Fe. Many years ago, I came under the influences of the iconography of petroglyphs as primitive drawings and important as cultural symbols."

When opening their gallery, Barnett said they wanted to house "soul-stirring works," a mission they maintain to this day. That type of mission, according to Barnett, allows the couple to explore many different art mediums, from photography, folk art, jewelry and more.

"We love great design and we embrace objects of all kinds," Barnett said.

Apparent in the studio, Barnett houses work that he and his wife believe to be of worth, regardless of medium or size. The couple also focuses on staging. They want their gallery to encourage artistic discussion, so pieces are placed in ways that encourage visitors to talk about the art. When looking for new art to display, they look for "quality of techniques, design and character."

"Allison and I agreed in the beginning that we would always need to make choices together for the gallery," Barnett said. "This simple promise hasn't changed over the years. We choose art that we would love to add to our own collection, pieces we love and adore."

The gallery features some artists that are exclusive to Patina Gallery. These artists are represented around the world, only by Patina Gallery, and some with their own exhibits at the gallery. There is also a long list of other artists that are featured at Patina Gallery. In fact, some artists featured at the gallery are also part of the permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Art Institute Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Guests can stop by the Patina Gallery Monday through Saturday. Shoppers can also purchase pieces from the gallery online at patina-gallery.com.

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