Scottsdale artist among those helping Art for the Heart Auction

Scottsdale artist David Kessler, whose paintings have been exhibited internationally since 1977 and are in permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Minnesota Museum of Art and the United States Embassy, among others, is the featured artist at the 2016 Art From the Heart Auction benefiting Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona.

David Kessler

David Kessler

The event, co-chaired by Liz Shabeker, principal and chief 0perating officer at Versant Capital Management, and Lisa Andrew, community volunteer, will take place 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at Saks Fifth Avenue at Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix.

Tickets are $100 each and include a cocktail reception, appetizers, live music, hosted bar and silent auction.

Tickets can be purchased online at Proceeds benefit Free Arts therapeutic programs for children.

Mr. Kessler, born in Teaneck, N.J., earned a bachelor of fine arts from Arizona State University and a master of fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute.

His paintings have been exhibited in shows in Tokyo, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York and are represented in the corporate collections of IBM, Prudential Life Insurance, McDonald’s, AT&T, Clorox and others nationwide.

Among other artists whose works will be available are Jim Waid, John Nelson, Patti Parsons, Matt Magee and Turner Davis.

For more information, contact Robert Raygoza, Free Arts development manager, at 602-258-8100, Ext. 15 or
For more information about Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, visit

Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona heals homeless and abused children through artistic expression. Free Arts programs include elements that promote safety, self-expression and a sense of belonging.

All Free Arts programs are delivered by volunteers and artists.

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