Bethesda Fine Arts Festival next Saturday


Get excited for art, entertainment, meals & far more at the yearly Bethesda Good Arts Festival on Saturday, Could 14 (10am – 6pm) & Sunday, May possibly 15 (10am – 5pm)! Stroll Norfolk & Auburn Avenues to see 100+ artist booths, hear to fantastic tunes & delight in meals, wine & beer for the great weekend in downtown Bethesda.

All cost-free and also a good deal of absolutely free parking!

Facts here.

You can see the Bethesda Fantastic Arts Pageant 2022 artists right here.

You know what is actually coming following – my awards for prime artists in the exhibit.  As a brilliant juror, I can use my seasoned eye from the thumbnails and web-site visits to award the Campello awards.

For the painters I liked  Zhiyi Li (from Enfield, CT) in Booth #66, and Thomas Williams (from Chicago, IL) in Booth #78.  

All a few printmakers in the display are excellent — I have published a lot about Joseph Craig English from Washington Grove, MD (Booth #84) – in this exhibit John Pernell and Michael Nemnich are also fairly excellent.

For Mixed Media, my top rated decide on was Sandra Sedmak Engel, whose sensual get the job done is a pleasure both of those to the eye and the eros that out of doors shows ordinarily consider to eradicate.

There are a good deal of gifted photographers in the present. See them all below. James Richmond from Titusville, Florida (Booth #76) went to Cuba and has the necessary photographs of outdated 1950s autos in Havana, as I recognize that the Cuban dictatorship will not make it possible for travellers (and photographers especially) to depart from the jailed island unless evidence is introduced at the airport that images of the classic automobiles have been taken.  

Pet peeve apart, Richmond has an fantastic eye for capturing the grace that is human kind, all the way from Portuguese card players in Old Europe to attractive indigenous females in Panama, to Cuban farmers in the brutalized Castro Brothers’ Staff Paradise.

Cuban farmer by James Richmond
Cuban farmer by James Richmond

It is a excellent photograph, capturing the essence of the Cuban guajiro, his ancient Basque bloodlines continue to quite cleaning functioning by way of his veins as evidenced by the telltale ear lobe, a vast smile for the American tourist on his slender lips, and a hand-rolled Habano in his mouth, the envy of each smoker millionaire close to the world.

In the category of sculpture, Tanya Tyree caught my notice as her sculptures battle amongst gifted efficiency and a bit of whimsy. What is distinct is a straight and distinctive vision being delivered by the (I suspect) really powerful and competent fingers of this artist.

And the Campello decide on for Greatest in Clearly show?

It goes to painter Cassie Taggart from Rehoboth, DE in Booth #51.

Parachutes by Cassie Taggart
Parachutes by Cassie Taggart

Even though any one can quickly see that Taggart’s get the job done discover surrealism, what she has brilliantly accomplished is to supply a new 21st century variation of surrealism, in which her skilled painting abilities marry it with fantasy, and the fantastical (which is unique) as perfectly as a nutritious dose of narrative storytelling.  

It is “otherworldly” artwork deeply anchored in knowledge which life concealed in our ancestral brain.  This is get the job done which at the time you invest in it and hang it in your dwelling, will dominate all the things else which you have hung on those people partitions.

Go exterior and see some artwork this weekend, talks to artists and artisans, take in some terrible-for-you meals and pay attention to some outdoor tunes.



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