Donna Heslip

Donna Heslip shows her painting, Natural Rhythms, a soft pastel on sanded paper, one of the juried artworks at the Glendale Arts Council 56th annual Juried Fine Art Competition.

The Glendale Art Council’s 56th annual Juried Fine Arts Competition preview party fundraiser January 4 in the Fruit Packing Shed at Sahuaro Ranch gave the public an opportunity to donate to the arts community and purchase a unique piece of art for their home.

It also was a chance for artists to display their work and learn if their efforts were enough to gain recognition.

Nancy Baldrica, an educator and professional artist for 35 years, was this year’s judge. Baldrica earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and a Master of Arts degree from Adams State College in Colorado. She established her home in Colorado Springs in 1971 and a home in Avondale in 2011.

Baldrica’s expertise comes from being an educator and professional artist for the past 35 years. She has earned memberships in a number of watercolor societies. She was co-founder and past president of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society in Colorado Springs. Baldrica is represented by Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale.

All entries in the Glendale exhibit were professionally judged on quality, presentation and creativity of the work. Awards will be presented at a reception for all juried artists from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 27, at the Fruit Packing Shed. Artists may bring one guest.

The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week through Sunday, January 27, to provide an opportunity for artists to sell their work.