July 23, 2024


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Bethesda Fine Arts Festival this weekend!


Get energized for art, enjoyment, foodstuff & much more at the annual Bethesda Fine Arts Pageant on Saturday, May possibly 14 (10am – 6pm) & Sunday, May 15 (10am – 5pm)! Stroll Norfolk & Auburn Avenues to see 100+ artist booths, listen to good music & get pleasure from food, wine & beer for the best weekend in downtown Bethesda.

All totally free and also plenty of free of charge parking!

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You can see the Bethesda Good Arts Competition 2022 artists listed here.

You know what is coming next – my awards for leading artists in the demonstrate.  As a fantastic juror, I can use my knowledgeable eye from the thumbnails and web page 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 present are exceptional — I’ve penned a good deal about Joseph Craig English from Washington Grove, MD (Booth #84) – in this exhibit John Pernell and Michael Nemnich are also pretty very good.

For Mixed Media, my prime pick was Sandra Sedmak Engel, whose sensual function is a satisfaction each to the eye and the eros that outside reveals commonly check out to get rid of.

There are a great deal of proficient photographers in the clearly show. See them all listed here. James Richmond from Titusville, Florida (Booth #76) went to Cuba and has the mandatory images of previous 1950s cars and trucks in Havana, as I understand that the Cuban dictatorship will not allow travellers (and photographers specifically) to depart from the jailed island unless evidence is introduced at the airport that photos of the vintage automobiles have been taken.  

Pet peeve aside, Richmond has an extraordinary eye for capturing the grace that is human sort, all the way from Portuguese card players in Old Europe to lovely indigenous females in Panama, to Cuban farmers in the brutalized Castro Brothers’ Personnel Paradise.

It is a amazing photograph, capturing the essence of the Cuban guajiro, his historic Basque bloodlines nevertheless rather cleansing running through his veins as evidenced by the telltale ear lobe, a broad smile for the American vacationer on his thin lips, and a hand-rolled Habano in his mouth, the envy of each smoker millionaire all around the planet.

Cuban farmer by James Richmond

“Cuban Farmer” by James Richmond

In the category of sculpture, Tanya Tyree caught my notice as her sculptures wrestle in between proficient efficiency and a bit of whimsy. What is very clear is a straight and exceptional vision currently being shipped by the (I suspect) pretty robust and skilled arms of this artist.

And the Campello pick for Greatest in Present?

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

Parachutes by Cassie Taggart
Parachutes by Cassie Taggart

Although any one can promptly see that Taggart’s function take a look at surrealism, what she has brilliantly completed is to supply a new 21st century version of surrealism, where by her expert painting skills marry it with fantasy, and the fantastical (which is various) as properly as a nutritious dose of narrative storytelling.  

It is “otherworldly” artwork deeply anchored in facts which life concealed in our ancestral brain.  This is do the job which the moment you get it and hold it in your residence, will dominate every little thing else which you have hung on individuals partitions.

Go outside the house and see some artwork this weekend, talks to artists and artisans, try to eat some terrible-for-you food stuff and hear to some out of doors audio.


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