It’s Art for Land’s Sake 2017 first place winner, “Jewel of the Creek” by Genise McGregor.
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Entries sought for It’s Art for Land’s Sake exhibition and sale that benefits local land preservation


Tara Alatorre

NORTH VALLEY – The Desert Foothills Land Trust is seeking artists for the fourth annual “It’s Art for Land’s Sake” exhibit and sale, which opens on March 16.

The annual exhibit and sale will be hosted by the Sonoran Arts League in their new Center for the Arts at Cave Creek’s Stagecoach Village.  Artist entries must be received in digital format by Feb. 19, no later than 4 p.m. and will be reviewed on the aesthetic and technical skill of the artist. A portion of the sales will benefit the Desert Foothills Land Trust and Sonoran Arts League.

Above Photo: 2017 second place winner, “The Jewel in Autumn” by Susanne Nyberg.

The land trust holds the “It’s Art for Land’s Sake” exhibition and sale each year, celebrating local land conservation, and the community’s rich artistic culture. The organization is soliciting works from artists to connect people to the special places Desert Foothills Land Trust has forever protected, while cultivating an appreciation for the talent of local artists.

Above photo: 2017 third place winner, “Trail Shadows” by Rich Orbon.

This exhibit provides artists a platform to share their inspiration towards the Sonoran Desert, while increasing awareness of the DFLT’s work of conserving open space in the communities of Anthem, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale.

All artists are welcome to enter and there is a $25 entry fee for each piece entered. To qualify, each entry must be 2-D and represent the landscape, plants and/or animals distinctive to a Desert Foothills Land Trust preserve.

Above photo: A view from above the “Jewel of the Creek Preserve”, the Land Trust’s most popular preserve. (photo by Desert Foothills Land Trust staff)

The judge for the 2018 exhibit will be renowned and award-winning artist, Tim Rees, an instructor at the Scottsdale Artists’ School and at The Academy at Rees Atelier, which he owns. Rees will select the pieces to be exhibited.

The Desert Foothills Land Trust has played an integral role in protecting the natural beauty of hundreds of acres of pristine Sonoran Desert in the north foothills of Phoenix. The Land Trust has permanently protected nearly 700 acres on 24 preserves, many of which are open to the public for exploration and passive recreation.

Formed in 1991, by citizens who were concerned about the pace of development and loss of the natural open space in their communities of the northern desert foothills of the Phoenix Valley.

For more information about Desert Foothills Land Trust or for complete rules and entry forms to enter It's Art For Land's Sake, visit