It’s that time of year again. The Glendale Art Preview Party is back for another year. Guests can sip on some wine, mingle, and of course, view various artwork entries in the Glendale Arts Council’s Annual Juried Fine Arts Competition. The annual event is 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Fruit Packing House Gallery at Sahuaro Ranch Park, 59th Avenue and Mountain View Road.
Art viewers can expect to see all types of art, except photography. Janet Wandrey, exhibition chairwomen of Glendale Art Council, said an avid art lover can expect to see everything: oils, acrylics, watercolors, sculptural pieces, mixed media, pastels, and ink and pencil drawings.
The exhibit is open to all artists in Arizona over the age of 18.
“We even get artwork from Flagstaff and Tucson,” Wandrey said. “Artists love the show because it is held in the Fruit Packing Gallery at Sahuaro Ranch Park.”
With all the talented art on display, it is no surprise the Glendale Arts Council has sponsored the competition for more than 40 years.
Last year, the show sold 32 pieces of art, totaling $22,955. The least expensive piece sold in 2012 was $300, with the most expensive being $1,800. This year’s exhibit will once again showcase a large selection of art to potential purchasers. Purchases made during the event will benefit the Glendale Arts Council Arts Incentive Fund for arts enrichment programs and scholarships for students in Glendale. Twenty percent of all art purchases are tax-deductible.
“We exhibit all the art that is entered for a couple of days and then the pieces of art that have not been judged into the final show are picked up by the artists,” Wandrey said. “For two days, Feb. 2 and 3, all art is hung floor to ceiling, so there is an opportunity for artwork to sell.
“Often about 300 pieces are hung and the judge usually selects about half of them for the final show. After the first weekend of Feb. 2 and 3, the official show will begin on the following Wednesday; in this case, Feb. 6.”
Wandrey said the final show is Feb. 24, and an artist’s reception will be in the late afternoon that same day.
This year’s Juried Fine Art Show will be judged by Sue Hunter, an accomplished artist in oils, pastels, and watercolors. Hunter is very active in other art organizations.
Hunter said, “I am very honored to be asked to judge the show. Arizona has many great artists, so I am excited about the entries.”
For more information about Hunter, visit http://suehunter.fineartstudioonline.com.
Tickets for the Feb. 1 party are $25 per person (checks payable to Glendale Arts Council). Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door of the party. For more information, call 602-371-9008, or contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 428, Glendale, AZ 85311-0428.
The exhibit of the Juried Fine Arts competition will be on display through Feb. 24. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
For information about local arts, community art events, and Glendale Arts Commission, visit www.glendaleaz.com/arts.