A Sunday morning gathering of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. We hope these gatherings, through understanding and knowledge of the world around us, will ignite change for the common good and provide a sense of community. FREE and OPEN to the public.
Jan Denton has worked extensively with the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. She supports the Native Plant Society of New Mexico, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and the Santa Fe Garden Club and serves on the board of the American Society of Botanical Artists, and is an active member the Oil Painters of America.
Jan Denton, Conservation Chair of the Santa Fe Garden Club, will address the commitments that the Santa Fe Garden Club has made in our local community through conservation volunteer activities, advocacy, and grant making. Ms. Denton will also speak on how the Santa Fe club is represented nationally at the annual conference in Washington DC where they are briefed on current conservation legislation which needs the Santa Fe club’s support or opposition, including visits to our NM Members of Congress and our US Senators. The Garden Club supports New Mexico Wilderness.
Jan Denton has a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. She co-produced Botanical Treasures of Lewis & Clark, an exhibit of original works displayed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from May 19 through July 9, 2006. Five of her paintings were included in this bicentennial celebration, which featured contributions by 25 artists.
From 2001 to 2007 Ms. Denton exhibited her work each November in the studio of Carol Press, a weaver on Capitol Hill, as part of a popular gathering under the rubric of A Brush with the Loom. In recent years, following her move from Washington to Santa Fe, she has been invited to show her work in a number of other venues, among them the Greenberg Fine Arts gallery on Canyon Road. Ms. Denton has produced a number of paintings for commission, and is equally adept with oil and watercolor. Her style is realistic, with primary emphasis on botanical subjects and still-life arrangements.
Before she became a full-time artist, Ms. Denton devoted her talents to political affairs, administration, and lobbying. She began her career in state government in California shortly after she earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from California State University, Sacramento. Among other things, she headed the state’s influential Department of Conservation during the first administration of Governor Jerry Brown. After she moved to the Nation’s Capital in 1989, she helped establish the California Institute for Public Policy Research. She then took a position with Chambers Associates, where she represented California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction and served as Executive Director of the American Arts Alliance, a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving the National Endowment for the Arts and increasing federal support for cultural programs.
Ms. Denton serves on the board of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), and is an active member ofArtTable, Inc.and the Oil Painters of America. She conducts tours at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and supports the work of such organizations as the Native Plant Society of New Mexico, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and the Santa Fe Garden Club.
Zeinah Benhalim was born and raised in Cairo Eygpt of Palestinian origin. Her first language is Arabic and
she grew up in a practicing Muslim household.
Benhalim manages and own Tribes coffeehouse and lived and raised six children with her husband in Santa Fe for the last 28 years
Given this opportunity she would like to connect to her community and answer questions about current events and Islam so "We The People can change policies that are based on on fear and misconceptions".
Rehana Archuletta-Hadid was raised on Abiquiu in The Muslim Community. She is the owner and chef of Kebab Caravan here in Santa Fe with her husband. Hadid has been participating in the events about Muslim Women because right now she feels "it is very important that the community gets the answers they need about Islam because the media is giving them the wrong idea about what it is".
"I feel it is important also for our community to stick together as humans and be kind to one another in this day and age because the world is experiencing a lot of turmoil and violence and I think if we understand each other better as human beings we can make a difference at least in our community.
Judith Fein organized the first conversation at The Forum at The University of Art and Design . She stated that the "purpose of organizing the event is to help people connect in a way that is rooted in a deeper understanding and appreciation of one another". Fein helped organize this presentation for JourneySantaFe and we are most grateful to her.
Host & Moderator: Alan WebberAlan Webber, Former Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate
On his own words, Joe writes, "I was born in PA and have lived in NM since the early 70's. I began at the University of New Mexico at KUNM-FM and the Daily Lobo. Later, I was news director for KRZY-KRST radio. In 1979 I joined the D.C. staff of GOP NM Rep. Manuel Lujan as communications director. I returned to radio in Santa Fe and later became assignment editor at KRQE-TV in ABQ. I went into PR in '86. Since '88 I have anchored election coverage for KANW 89.1 FM. My PR work is now for private clients. I started my nonpartisan blog in 2003. I don't endorse candidates and am a lifelong registered Independent. Having a reporting background, I strive for accuracy and fairness. I use anonymous sources to bring you insights on events that otherwise would go uncovered. However, I rely mainly on sources I personally know and who have lengthy experience. For major news stories I break, I use public sources and seek a personal interview. The blog is read widely and is quoted in the Capitol Hill newspaper "Roll Call," the Los Angeles Times, Politico and numerous others. I live in ABQ and when not working, I enjoy reading, golf, walking, cooking and listening to XM Radio".
Host & Moderator: Alan Webber, Former Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate
Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe - 25) is a second term State Senator. He spent four years as a Representative in the State House from 2004 through 2008 replacing Max Coll who retired from the seat.
Peter’s New Mexico roots go back several generations on both sides of his family. His maternal grandfather, John Gaw Meem, was one of New Mexico’s preeminent architects and first came to New Mexico in 1920 to recover from Tuberculosis. His paternal grandfather was a math teacher and camp counselor at the Los Alamos Ranch School before World War II. Peter’s late father John Wirth, a historian, took great pride in the fact that he was born in Dawson, New Mexico, now a ghost town.
When he is not working at the Legislature, Peter is a lawyer in Santa Fe. He graduated from Stanford University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Spanish and then went to law school at the University of New Mexico where he obtained a Juris Doctorate in 1990. Peter was a law clerk for the Honorable Oliver Seth, a Federal Judge with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. His current civil law practice emphasizes mediation and alternative dispute resolution.