Jurors select the Land Trust’s top art awards |






Creek Trailoil by Peggy Orbon


The top art prices for the upcoming “Art for Land’s Sake” online auction to benefit Desert Foothills Land Trust have been announced. Winners include first place to Peggy Orbon for her Creek Trail oil painting and first place in the photography category to Rosa Sidy for desert dew.

“It’s heartwarming to see the outpouring of artwork…and every artist deserves to be recognized for their generosity and dedication to conservation,” says glass artist and jury member Laurie Nessel. “I suspect more than one will have rousing bidding wars, including the effortless gestural verisimilitude of the serene Creek Trail by Peggy Orbon. The tiny but powerful landscape, infused with light, cactus shadows by Casey Cheuvront, and the imposing and impressionistic yucca soaptree by Beverly Carlson-Bradshaw Sasquatch also attract attention. Other canvases not included in the awards category were no less compelling and should not be overlooked. »

Symbolist painter and juror AH Smith says it is always a pleasure to work as a juror for the Land Trust.

“The quality of the work, the high level of craftsmanship and the diversity of styles and subjects are such an inspiration,” he notes. “I found this year’s work exceptional in its diversity and execution. the pastel of Beverly Carlson-Bradshaw, Holding At immediately engages the viewer and draws us into a wonderfully colorful composition. Tamsin Wolff’s small mixed-media sculptures are a delight and provide an interesting counterpoint to Patti Pierce’s large freestanding totems. Photography by Patrick O’Brien, Lunch Timeoffers a view of the desert that many of us never see.”







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Hang onpastel Beverly Carlson Bradshaw


It awarded first place to Carlson-Bradshaw for his pastel, first and second place to two of Pierce’s sculptures, and first place to Tamsin Wolff for her mixed-media work, Brushwing Quail Nest.

A full list of winners can be found on the Land Trust’s website, www.dflt.org. The online exhibition will be previewed to the public from Monday, March 28.


Free reception on March 31

An opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 at the Holland Center, 34250 N. 60th Street, Scottsdale. Wine and light appetizers will be served, and there will be live music by pianists Jack and Maryla Tiran. The auction will open for online bidding at noon on Friday, April 1 and close at noon on Monday, April 11.

To register for the online auction, visit www.dflt.org and click on the Art for Land’s Sake icon.

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