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FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mary Warren, Director of Community Engagement, Desert Foothills Land Trust, [email protected], 480.488.6131 x201

Calling for Art Inspired by Nature

(North Valley Communities, AZ) Desert Foothills Land Trust invites artists to submit entries for Art for Land’s Sake 2022 – Inspired by Nature. This is the Land Trust’s 8th annual art exhibit promoting the beauty of our natural world through traditional and representational artworks. The event is intended to celebrate the lands permanently protected by the Land Trust, to promote their mission to protect wildlife and conserve sensitive lands for the survival of the Sonoran Desert, and to endorse the importance of a human connection to nature.

This year the exhibit and auction will be online in conjunction with an in-person opening reception on March 31 at The Holland Center, the Foothills Community Foundation community center located at 34250 N 60th St, Bldg. B, Scottsdale, AZ 85266. The reception will feature a preview display of selected art from the exhibit and an opportunity for guests to purchase some of the art prior to the opening of online bidding. “After opting to move the exhibit completely online last year to avoid cancelling our 2021 event, we are so pleased to be able to offer an opportunity to experience some of the art in-person this year.” Vicki Preston, CEO/President of Desert Foothills Land Trust explains. “This hybrid event will help us reestablish that personal connection to nature through art.”

Entries are being accepted now through the submission deadline on March 4, 2022. Eligible art can be 2D or 3D including, but not limited to, all media such as digital art, photography, paintings, sculpture, fiber art and jewelry, with a minimum value of $150 each. Submitted art will be reviewed on the aesthetic and technical skill of the artists in depicting the theme of the online exhibit – inspired by nature. Jurors Laurie Nessel and A.H. Smith will select best in show in multiple categories. Jury selections will be featured in the online exhibit. The online exhibit will be open for public preview starting March 28, and the auction will open for bidding on April 1 and run through April 11. To learn more about the jurors, the exhibit and auction, or how to submit artwork, visit the Art for Land’s Sake 2022 website page at:


Desert Foothills Land Trust has been working in the Desert Foothills communities north of Phoenix for over 30 years to connect people to nature and protect and steward sensitive lands and species of the Sonoran Desert. The Land Trust has permanently protected nearly 1,000 acres of valuable conservation lands. Many of the preserves are open to the public for exploration and light recreation. The Land Trust also offers guided tours, volunteer opportunities and educational programs to build awareness about the importance of land protection for the survival of the Sonoran Desert and for future generations to enjoy. To learn more about their work visit


  • March 4, 2022, 4:00 pm – deadline for entries
  • March 28, 2022 – exhibit opens for public preview
  • March 31, 2022, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – opening reception at The Holland Center
  • April 1, 2022, 12 noon – auction opens for bidding
  • April 11, 2022, 12 noon – bidding closes


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