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Art From the Heart Art Auction
October 21, 2020 @ 12:00 am - October 26, 2020 @ 12:00 am
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona was set to hold its annual Art From the Heart art auction in the spring of 2020, but had to postpone due to COVID-19. A virtual version of the art auction is being planned for Oct. 21 to Oct. 26, 2020.
The six-day event will take place fully online and feature the work of approximately 80 local artists. The auction will kick off on Wednesday, Oct. 21, t with a video welcome and toast. Elizabeth Shabaker, Lisa Portigal and Lisa Greves are the event chairs. Registration for the event will be free of charge and begin in mid-September.
“We’re thrilled to bring the community a robust art gallery online to benefit the children served by Free Arts,” says Lisa Greves. “Art Auction is always a favorite event for our supporters. This year, we’re hoping they can relax in the comfort of their own homes with a glass of wine or cup of coffee and enjoy supporting the great work of Free Arts online.”
John Randall Nelson is the event’s featured artist. Inspired by American Outsider Art, he creates a visual folklore in his collaged paintings and sculptures with a menagerie of figures and symbols, from dancing jackrabbits and swaggering cowboys to lucky wishbones. His work is held in collections throughout the world including The Disney Corporation in Los Angeles and the Museum of American Folk Art in New York. Locally you would find his work in the collections of Sky Harbor International Airport, Wells Fargo Bank, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and many others. He is represented by notable galleries throughout the U.S., including Gebert Contemporary in Scottsdale. Other artists participating include Barbara Rogers, Frank Ybarra, Jim Waid, Craig Randich and Candice Eisenfeld.
Due to the precautions necessitated by the onset of COVID-19, Free Arts has moved nearly all programming to online platforms since mid-March. They estimate that 154 traditional activities were cancelled between March and September, resulting in 2,707 children not being serving in a traditional/in-person way. However, with creative, agile and thoughtful planning over the last 16 weeks, Free Arts has been able to serve 3,929 children and adults throughout the State of Arizona with alternative programs such as take-home art projects ,virtual theatre camp, and a single-agency version of Multicultural Arts Camp.
Funds raised during the Art From the Heart art auction will go towards programs and services so that Free Arts can continue to serve neglected, abused, homeless and foster care children in our state.