Day: May 18, 2022

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival this weekend!

Get excited for art, entertainment, food & more at the annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, May 14 (10am – 6pm) & Sunday, May 15 (10am – 5pm)! Stroll Norfolk & Auburn Avenues to see 100+ artist booths, listen to great music & enjoy food, wine & beer for the perfect weekend in downtown Bethesda.

All free and also plenty of free parking!

Details here.

You can see the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival 2022 artists here.

You know what’s coming next – my awards for top artists in the show.  As a brilliant juror, I can use my experienced eye from the thumbnails and website 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 three printmakers in the show are exceptional — I’ve written a lot about Joseph

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Artist Spotlight: Wangechi Mutu

Top Image: “Le Noble Savage”, 2006. Ink and collage on Mylar. 233 x 137.2 cm.

Wangechi Mutu was born in June 1972 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Kenyan-born American visual artist is known for painting, sculpting, film, and performance work. She studied in Loreto Convent Msongari before joining United World College of Atlantic. She has since established her career in New York. 

Wangechi has depicted herself as a feministic artist because most of her work entails violence meted upon black women in society.  Mutu tries to show how black women in society have been subjected to serial harassment by members of society. Mutu’s work seems quite contradictory because she depicts a problematic society and at the same is hopeful that society will change how it treats women.

“Once upon a time she said, I’m not afraid and her enemies began to fear her The end”, 2013. Mixed media. Dimensions variable.

Mutu’s

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