JB, Judy Boles Pena
John represents the fourth generation of the long-standing Barker family in Santa Fe. He attended the University of New Mexico before spending the next twenty years in New York City where his education in art led him to assist New York artsists – Rudi Stern, Paul Jenkins, and Larry Poons. He later took a position in the art department of Discover Magazine and also worked for the Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles before returning to his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1995, to assist in the daily administrations of the family business.
John's true calling and passion is his love of art and it remains very much a part of his daily focus. John paints abstract portraits of people he knows, all having a story behind them. He paints with gusto; the work is engaging; the colors electrically bold; the style uniquely original. The Santa Fean Magazine, April/ May issue 2016, in a profile article titled "John Barker – not just real estate" had this to say about John and his art; "He began painting his subjects in a gestural, chaotic style he calls 'distractionism.' He explains: Most of today's art is from the head, but my paintings are from the heart."
Felicity had the great privilege of growing up in Santa Fe at a time when it was a haven for artistic, alternative, and counter-culture lifestyles. Many of the Living Treasures are people she knew or at the very least knew of, when she was a child. Living Treasures' founder Mary Lou Cook was a close friend of the family's and a long time inspiration to all members of our household. Felicity has always had a passion for writing which she has used professionally in marketing, advertising, and as a grant writer. She is delighted to support Margaret and Nancy in their jobs of capturing the biographies of those honored.
Board of Directors; Secretary
Ceremony Committee Chairman
Nancy grew up in Wisconsin and has lived in California, Connecticut, and Kenya. She worked in local schools as a Speech and Language Clinician. Since she moved to Santa Fe in 1980, her interests have shifted to photography projects, her personal history business, and her favorite local charities. She has been active with the Living Treasures for more than 15 years and is the main interviewer of the Treasures. Currently Nancy is is active in interviewing World War II veterans for the Library of Congress.
Marty grew up in Santa Fe from Wood Gormley Elementary School and beyond. After high school he made the big leap and found himself in Europe not knowing anything about traveling and foreign languages. He had the traveling bug and the next 4 years he would come back to Santa Fe, make money and then head off to Central and South America, Canada and others. In 1976 he decided it was time to educate his brain and attend St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland and then graduate from Santa Fe SJC. Marty went to graduate school and obtained a Masters Degree in International Management. With stints in San Francisco and New York, he returned to Santa Fe, started a food processing business and sold it in 2009. Financially independent, he lives happily in Glorieta with his buddy and companion Trudy, an American Fox Hound.
Board of Directors; Archivist
Sara, a resident of Santa Fe since 1990 and Living Treasures committee member since 2001, has worn many hats. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, there she spent many years as an office manager for two interior design firms, had her own catering business and then a restaurant, Café Ole, and as a volunteer, she also coordinated and ran the tea room at the annual Designer Showcase House, a Tulsa Philharmonic fundraising event. Keeping her connection to the food industry upon moving to Santa Fe she worked at El Nido in Tesuque for 11 enjoyable years. Life-long passions include genealogy, gardening, reading, writing, photography, baking and in general, simply enjoying the gifts living in the land of enchantment bring to her days.
JB, Judy Boles Pena,
Board of Directors; President
Born and raised in New Mexico, JB feels blessed to have grown up with the rich cultures that make our towns what they are. One of her favorite memories was frequenting Mr. Lujan's store on Galiesto St. He left a wonderful impression on her through the years.
Attending Loretto Academy as a child, JB is back making her living as a weaver and designer in a shop located in the Inn at Loretto: Handwoven Originals which was started in 1980. Many travels over the years make her appreciate home, family and belonging.
JB started with the Living Treasure committee in 1996 as the publication of the first book was beginning. Mary Lou Cook asked if she could help out and the rest is "history."
JB deeply appreciates her rich friendships, touching encounters through ceremonies, tea gatherings and partnerships with community.
Photography and Web Design
Genevieve Russell is a photographer and filmmaker who has been involved with storytelling for over fifteen years. She founded StoryPortrait Media in 2007 to help individuals, families, social organizations, and communities preserve and advocate for important cultural stories by creating video, Web, multimedia, and print productions.
She has taught photography and digital imaging at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops for the past seven years. She joined the Living Treasures Committee in 2008 and will photograph all of the new Living Treasure honorees.
Maria Montez-Skolnik, born and raised in Santa Fe, traces her heritage in the area to the mid-1600s. As a child, she spent summers in Chimayó watching her grandfather farm chile fields by day and weave blankets by kerosene light at night. Her grandparents' home, where her mother was born and raised, became the family-owned Rancho de Chimayó. Influences by her mother, a loving homemaker, and her father, a master santero artist, would teach her to treasure those in our community who live with humility and a purpose greater than themselves. Married, she is a proud mother of two sons and is a new grandmother. After thirty years of work as a speech and language pathologist in Santa Fe and San Francisco, she is now retired. She is co-founder of Voces de Santa Fe and a board member of the Maria Benitez Foundation.
Board of Directors; Treasurer
Jody has lived in Santa Fe since 1969 and been in banking for 25 of those years. She can’t imagine living anywhere else. Jody helped open the Santa Fe branches of New Mexico Bank & Trust in 2003. As a business development officer for the bank, she has helped multiple businesses and individuals find the perfect fit for their banking needs. Outside of banking hours, Jody has served on the boards of La Familia Medical Center, New Mexico Women’s Foundation, Santa Fe Living Treasures and The Buckaroo Ball. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of New Mexico and a Masters in Social Work from the State University of Iowa. Spare time is spent hiking with her husband and dogs, gardening, reading and dancing.
Nominating Committee Co-ordinator
Ginny has lived in Northern New Mexico since 1975. She is an artist and helps run the Independent Artists Gallery co-op art gallery in Santa Fe. Ginny is also an animal activist working with The Food Depot’s Food4Pets program delivering pet food to rural communities. Other interests include traveling, gardening and reading. She lives with her husband, 5 cats and 2 dogs.
Correspondence and Ceremony
Margaret Wood has been a member of the Santa Fe Living Treasures Committee for eight years. She currently writes each new treasure's introduction for the Living Treasure ceremonies and assists with leading the ceremonies. When she first moved to New Mexico in 1977, she was a companion to painter Georgia O’Keeffe. After that time, she wrote A Painter’s Kitchen, Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O’Keeffe and Remembering Miss O’Keeffe. She is currently a speech pathologist in Santa Fe, working with elderly clients.