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Chandler artist Laurie Fagen receives 3 awards

March 31st, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Chandler artist Laurie Fagen receives 3 awards

By SanTan Sun News

Chandler artist Laurie Fagen received three Juror’s Choice awards  in the upcoming Art for Land’s Sake online auction sponsoring the nonprofit Desert Foothills Land Trust.

Her “Ahh, Sedona” fiber art piece got third place from glass artist Laurie Nessel in the mixed media category and an honorable mention from symbolist painter A.H. Smith. Nessel also gave her third place for “Desert Vessel,” a clay sculpture entered into the sculpture and glass category.

The online exhibit will be open for public preview starting tomorrow, March 28.

The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at The Holland Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and there will be live entertainment by Jack and Maryla Tirin.

The auction will open for online bidding at noon April 1 and closes at noon April 11.

Desert Foothills Land Trust has been working in the Desert Foothills communities north of Phoenix for more than 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 register for the online auction: and click on Art for Land’s Sake icon.

Both Nessel and Smith lauded the auction entries.

“It’s heartwarming to see the outpouring of artwork donated to the Art for Land’s Sake annual fundraiser to benefit the Desert Foothills Land Trust, with many artists submitting multiple entries,” she said.

“Every artist deserves recognition for their generosity and dedication to conservation,” she continued. “Sifting through the art to highlight outstanding talent is difficult. There were many wonderful pieces and I suspect more than a few will have rousing bidding wars.”

Smith was enthusiastic as well, stating, “The quality of work, the high level of craftmanship, and the diversity of styles and subject matter are such an inspiration. There is something for everyone in this show: paintings, pastels, photography, fiber arts, 2-and 3-D mixed media pieces, sculpture, glass work, fiber art and jewelry. I found the work this year to be exceptional in its diversity and execution.

“All in all, this show is a fun mix of a variety of mediums that celebrate the desert and all of its beauty.”