NEWS Call for art to benefit desert lands

FOR RELEASE: March 11, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Warren:, 623-308-1604; Nancy Breiman:, 480-262-5698; Tamsin Wolff <>, 717-579-0595, re DFLT donated artwork

Call for art to benefit desert lands

Artists are invited to submit art through March 28 to benefit the nonprofit Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT) in the Spring 2021 Creative Connections Fine Art auction that runs April 29 to May 10. Up to three pieces of original art, numbered prints and giclees will be considered for submission in 2D and 3D mediums, and donations are accepted as well. Submission fee is $15 for up to three pieces, and artists may also donate artwork and deduct $5 from the submission fee for each donated item. Artists receive 65% of the total sale price.

This is DFLT’s 7th annual art exhibit and sale, following last year’s event which had to be shut down prematurely by the statewide Covid-19 orders. Bidding for the online auction opens at 6 a.m. April 29 and closes at 8 p.m. May 10.

“Without question, the past 12 months have brought many surprises, challenges and changes for us all,” says DFLT’s Mary Warren. “Desert Foothills Land Trust, like other nonprofits and businesses, has had to seek out creative ways to continue their work, engage the community and earn support. We’re excited to be selected as benefactor for the online auction.”

Warren says the theme of celebrating the connection between art and the land will remain the same, as more than 65 artists are expected to submit both 2D and 3D work for “Protecting the Land We Love.” Included will be representational art, contemporary art and craft, and indigenous peoples.

Nancy Breiman, founder of Creative Connections, says they are happy to support DFLT, and has set a goal to raise at least $20,000 in total sales.

“The auctions are a win-win for everyone,” she says. “As local artists, we cherish our beautiful protected lands, wildlife, and indigenous culture to both enjoy and paint. Giving back to those in need fills my soul.”

For online artwork for purchase, selections for “Jurors Choice” will be made by jurors A.H. Smith, an Arizona Artist Guild member, painter and mixed media artist who taught locally for 32 years; and Tempe glass artist and painter Laurie Nessel, a member of the Arizona Glass Alliance. The public will have a chance to vote for “People’s Choice” during the preview days through April 28.

In addition, several artists and collectors have donated a number of significant items for which DFLT will receive nearly 90% of the proceeds. They include “The Way” by acclaimed artist J.E. Knauf, valued at $3,500; a contemporary, colorful glass sculpture by Carole Perry valued at $4,500; and an oil painting of one of DFLT’s protected lands, “Galloway Wash,” by award-winning painter Michele Schuck, valued at $680, and more.

DFLT is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission for meeting the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence. Founded in 1991, DFLT focuses conservation efforts in the communities of Anthem, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale. To date they have permanently conserved 850 acres on 27 sites. DFLT’s mission is to protect these lands cherished by the community and sources of inspiration for artists. For details, go to

Creative Connections Fine Art is dedicated to fostering the artist and collector community, established by fine art artist Nancy Breiman of Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, visit or email Breiman at

For artist submission information, visit the Creative Connections Fine Art website at and click on “call for art info.”