Artist Chandler Laurie Fagen Receives 3 Awards

By SanTan Sun News

Artist Chandler Laurie Fagen Received Three Jury’s Choice Awards in the upcoming Art for Land’s Sake online auction sponsoring the non-profit organization Desert Foothills Land Trust.

His fiber art “Ahh, Sedona” earned third place from glass artist Laurie Nessel in the mixed media category and an honorable mention from symbolist painter AH Smith. Nessel also awarded him third place for “Desert Vessel”, a clay sculpture that entered the sculpture and glass category.

The online exhibition will be previewed to the public starting tomorrow, March 28.

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

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

Desert Foothills Land Trust has worked in Desert Foothills communities north of Phoenix for more than 30 years to connect people to nature and to protect and manage sensitive Sonoran Desert lands and species.

The Land Trust has permanently protected nearly 1,000 acres of valuable conservation land. Many reserves are open to the public for exploration and light recreation.

The Land Trust also offers guided tours, volunteer opportunities and educational programs to raise awareness of the importance of land protection for the survival of the Sonoran Desert and for the enjoyment of future generations.

To register for the online auction: and click on the Art for Land’s Sake icon.

Both Nessel and Smith hailed the auction entries.

“It is heartwarming to see the outpouring of artwork donated to the annual Art for Land’s Sake 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 showcase exceptional talent is difficult. There were many wonderful pieces and I suspect more than a few will have exciting bidding wars.

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

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

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