Bethesda Fine Arts Festival this weekend!

Get thrilled for artwork, amusement, food items & far more at the once-a-year Bethesda Good Arts Festival on Saturday, May 14 (10am – 6pm) & Sunday, May possibly 15 (10am – 5pm)! Stroll Norfolk & Auburn Avenues to see 100+ artist booths, hear to good music & appreciate foods, wine & beer for the perfect weekend in downtown Bethesda.

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

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You can see the Bethesda Wonderful Arts Festival 2022 artists right here.

You know what is coming following – my awards for top rated artists in the present.  As a amazing juror, I can use my experienced 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 3 printmakers in the clearly show are exceptional — I’ve prepared a whole lot about Joseph Craig English from Washington Grove, MD (Booth #84) – in this show John Pernell and Michael Nemnich are also rather superior.

For Mixed Media, my top pick was Sandra Sedmak Engel, whose sensual operate is a pleasure the two to the eye and the eros that outdoor demonstrates commonly attempt to reduce.

There are a good deal of proficient photographers in the show. See them all listed here. James Richmond from Titusville, Florida (Booth #76) went to Cuba and has the required pics of previous 1950s autos in Havana, as I fully grasp that the Cuban dictatorship will not allow for holidaymakers (and photographers in particular) to depart from the jailed island unless proof is presented at the airport that images of the vintage cars have been taken.  

Pet peeve aside, Richmond has an excellent eye for capturing the grace that is human type, all the way from Portuguese card gamers in Old Europe to stunning indigenous ladies 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 ancient Basque bloodlines nonetheless pretty cleansing operating by his veins as evidenced by the telltale ear lobe, a wide smile for the American vacationer on his slender lips, and a hand-rolled Habano in his mouth, the envy of every smoker millionaire close to the world.

Cuban farmer by James Richmond

“Cuban Farmer” by James Richmond

In the class of sculpture, Tanya Tyree caught my attention as her sculptures struggle in between gifted performance and a little bit of whimsy. What is very clear is a straight and exclusive eyesight becoming delivered by the (I suspect) pretty potent and competent fingers of this artist.

And the Campello choose for Best in Display?

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

Parachutes by Cassie Taggart
Parachutes by Cassie Taggart

When any person can quickly see that Taggart’s function discover surrealism, what she has brilliantly carried out is to supply a new 21st century variation of surrealism, where by her qualified painting abilities marry it with fantasy, and the fantastical (which is distinctive) as perfectly as a nutritious dose of narrative storytelling.  

It is “otherworldly” artwork deeply anchored in info which lives concealed in our ancestral mind.  This is get the job done which after you invest in it and hold it in your home, will dominate almost everything else which you have hung on people partitions.

Go exterior and see some artwork this weekend, talks to artists and artisans, eat some negative-for-you food and hear to some outdoor audio.