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Art From The Heart

Auction Benefitting Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona

 text by Lindsay Hansen     photos courtesy of Free Arts of Arizona

UNO’s Dream Pony by Fred Tieken.
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona is hosting its 15th Annual Art Auction on April 7, 2018 at Saks Fifth Avenue, Biltmore Fashion Park. The event will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. and will feature a silent auction with masterful works of art from their featured artist, Fred Tieken of the Tieken Studio and Gallery AZ, and other prominent Arizona artists. The event also includes hors d’oeuvres, a signature cocktail, live D.J. and much more.
Introspection by Frank Ybarra.

“The Art from the Heart Art Auction is a wonderful celebration of the amazing talent and generosity of the Arizona arts community,” said Megan Nordquest Schwallie, co-chair. “Each year I am moved by the multitude of artists willing to give of themselves to support and raise funds for Free Arts programming benefitting some of the valley’s most vulnerable and underserved children.”

Lisa Portigal, co-chair added, “The Art from the Heart Art Auction brings together local artists and multiple supporters of Free Arts to celebrate the its mission and work. It’s a wonderful organization that real success stories are made out of.  Many of these children have come from unimaginable experiences and, without incredible work from the volunteer mentors and staff at Free Arts, their success would not be possible.”

Art From The Heart Auction, 2017.

The Art Auction is made possible by our presenting sponsor Edward Jones, honorary chairs Fred and Gail Tieken and event chairs Megan Nordquest Schwallie and Lisa Portigal. Committee members for the 2018 event include; Theresa Johnson, Luciek Mkrdichian, Linda Norquist and Wayne Rainey.

Founded in 1993, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona is a non-profit organization that uses the arts to build resilience in children who have experienced the trauma of abuse, neglect, or homelessness. Free Arts programs include creative elements that promote safety, self-expression and a sense of belonging. Free Arts programs are delivered by 900 volunteer mentors and artists who serve more than 8,000 children annually through partnerships with 43 social service child welfare agencies at 100+ sites across Maricopa County. For more information on Free Arts, visit

Left to right: Lisa Portigal, Theresa Johnson, Gail Tieken, Fred Tieken, Megan Nordquest Schwallie, Robert Raygoza, Luciek Mkrdichian and Linda Norquist.



 WHEN: April 7, 2018, 4:30 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Saks Fifth Avenue, Biltmore Fashion Park

CONTACT: Robert Raygoza at  or 602.258.8100 x15.

TICKETS: $100 per person

Preview contributing artists and their artwork here…