58th Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition – by Bette and Ed Sharpe


58and Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition – by Bette and Ed Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

58and Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition Returns

Glendale Arts Council 58and The annual juried fine arts competition is back after skipping last year due to COVID, to its usual home, the Fruit Packing Shed Gallery at Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 59andStreet.

From Council Member Bart Turner, Barrel District, “We had a wonderful result for our art preview party last night. We are very excited to be able to perform the show again this year after being unable to do so last year due to COVID. Our gallery in the Fruit Packing House at Sahuaro Ranch Park is a wonderful venue for the show and, combined with a walk through the historic park, makes for a very nice outing. Councilmember served as President of the Glendale Arts Council.

Glendale Arts Council Board Member Jessica Koory explained the background to Glendale’s juried show. “The very first art exhibition in the city of Glendale was held in 1961 as the Northwest Valley Art Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Glendale Women’s Club, the Glendale Junior Women’s Club and a group of interested artists. An annual show was well-received and became a long-awaited tradition.As the number of performers participating in the show increased, it was necessary to form a group of volunteers to focus on producing the annual event. The Glendale Arts Council was formed on April 13, 1972.

The aim of the Glendale Arts Council was to give local artists a venue to showcase their art and expose the general community to diverse talented artists, as well as providing grants and scholarships to non-profit arts groups. As such, the Arts Incentive Program has become a proud focal point of our organization by providing needed funding to groups with a presence to benefit the City of Glendale. As the show grew, it was moved to the Fruit Packing Shed at Sahuaro Ranch Park in the 1990s where it continues to be held annually. And this year we had 256 applications, 136 artists, and then a jury was selected for the show.

The show is free and open to the public, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The exhibition runs until Saturday, January 30, 2022. Works entered in the exhibition competition are available for purchase at prices set by the artist. Twenty-five percent of all purchases go to the Glendale Arts Incentive Fund for future awards/contributions to arts education in the community.

Barbara Dahlstedt judged this year’s show. Dahlstedt received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arizona State University, majoring in graphic design. From there she worked in advertising and was a freelance illustrator before receiving her teaching certificate from Chapman University. Ms. Dahlstedt began her teaching career at Apollo High School and, as a teacher, found it important to become proficient with different media.

Barbara is a Signature Member of the Color Pencil Society of America and the American Women Artists. She has received several awards in a variety of mediums, published in art magazines and was the featured artist for International Artists magazine, Strokes of Genius. Last year, she achieved another major achievement when she became a member of the International Guild of Realism.

For more information on Barbara Dahlstedt, please visit her website at https://dahlstedtart.com/. You will be impressed with his work, which carries a wow factor.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7049.

“AZ Aspen with Golden Canopy,” by artist Beverly Shindler, received second place in the acrylic category. This work is no longer for sale. Shindler is retired from the Dysart Public School District and pursues her love of painting landscapes, still lifes, and abstracts.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7056.

Dr. Kathleen Keppinger Award, “The Great Unwashed”, by Henry Bosak. The acrylic work received the top honor of the exhibition. Glass, water, mirrored surfaces, and water (still or moving) are difficult subjects to capture, let alone achieve realistic images like those in this work.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7055.

Not everything in the show was two-dimensional. Recycled artist Linda Stahl’s work, Recycled Cycle, is made up of tangible elements. A fun piece that received first place in the sculpture category. If this piece caught your eye, it also caught someone else’s. He sold out.


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