Desert Foothills Land Trust seeks entries for annual art exhibition, sale

2015 first-place winner from Jewel of the Creek Preserve, by artist Charlotte Moore.

2015 first-place winner from Jewel of the Creek Preserve, by artist Charlotte Moore.

Desert Foothills Land Trust announces a call for entries for its 2016 “It’s Art for Land’s Sake” exhibition and sale.

The juried exhibit and sale is intended to increase awareness of the Land Trust’s work and to inspire land and wildlife conservation through traditional and representational art works.

It is also meant to promote local artists and artwork inspired by local conserved lands.

The 2016 show juror will be renowned artist Charles H. Pabst, who will select the artworks to be included in the exhibit and sale. All art must depict a specific Desert Foothills Land Trust conservation property, and must reflect the Land Trust’s conservation mission.

2015 entry from Galloway Wash Preserve, by artist Virginia Brooks.

2015 entry from Galloway Wash Preserve, by artist Virginia Brooks.

Works depicting plants or animals are acceptable if they are found on a Land Trust property.

Desert Foothills Land Trust preserves serve as wonderful conservation and recreational resources – as well as for inspiration for artists. A map and information about preserves that are open to the public is available on the Land Trust website at

Additionally, the Land Trust is hosting guided tours and plein air painting sessions. Visit the Land Trust website for information about the guided activities. Pre‐registration is required but both activities are free.

Selected pieces will be exhibited at Desert Foothills Library beginning March 8, 2016. The sale will open with an exclusive reception for artists and Land Trust patrons on March 11, and the sale will be open to the public March 12. The exhibition and sale will conclude March 12.

In 2015, nearly half the exhibited artworks were sold, benefitting both the artists and the Land Trust. Desert Foothills Land Trust receives 25 percent of the sale price to support its land conservation mission.

The deadline for entries is 4 p.m. Feb 24. Entry fee is $20 per submitted piece, which will also support the Land Trust’s land conservation work.

Visit for the complete rules and entry form.

Desert Foothills Land Trust works with landowners, communities and partners to protect important natural areas in the Arizona communities of Carefree, Cave Creek,
North Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Anthem, Desert Hills and New River.

The Land Trust has permanently protected more than 680 acres on 23 preserves, many of which are open to the public for exploration and passive recreation.

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