Bethesda Fine Arts Festival next Saturday

Get enthusiastic for artwork, amusement, foods & more at the once-a-year Bethesda Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, Might 14 (10am – 6pm) & Sunday, May perhaps 15 (10am – 5pm)! Stroll Norfolk & Auburn Avenues to see 100+ artist booths, pay attention to wonderful new music & take pleasure in food items, wine & beer for the great weekend in downtown Bethesda.

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

Facts here.

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

You know what’s coming upcoming – my awards for major artists in the exhibit.  As a outstanding juror, I can use my expert 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 show are extraordinary — I’ve penned a ton about Joseph Craig English from Washington Grove, MD (Booth #84) – in this exhibit John Pernell and Michael Nemnich are also rather good.

For Mixed Media, my prime choose was Sandra Sedmak Engel, whose sensual function is a enjoyment both of those to the eye and the eros that out of doors demonstrates normally check out to eliminate.

There are a lot of gifted photographers in the demonstrate. See them all here. James Richmond from Titusville, Florida (Booth #76) went to Cuba and has the necessary shots of previous 1950s vehicles in Havana, as I realize that the Cuban dictatorship will not allow travellers (and photographers particularly) to depart from the jailed island until evidence is presented at the airport that pictures of the vintage vehicles have been taken.  

Pet peeve aside, Richmond has an fantastic eye for capturing the grace that is human variety, all the way from Portuguese card players in Aged Europe to gorgeous indigenous women of all ages in Panama, to Cuban farmers in the brutalized Castro Brothers’ Personnel Paradise.

Cuban farmer by James Richmond
Cuban farmer by James Richmond


It is a great photograph, capturing the essence of the Cuban guajiro, his historic Basque bloodlines nevertheless pretty cleansing functioning through his veins as evidenced by the telltale ear lobe, a large smile for the American vacationer on his slim lips, and a hand-rolled Habano in his mouth, the envy of each individual smoker millionaire all over the earth.

In the class of sculpture, Tanya Tyree caught my consideration as her sculptures wrestle amongst proficient performance and a bit of whimsy. What is clear is a straight and one of a kind eyesight becoming sent by the (I suspect) quite strong and experienced arms of this artist.

And the Campello decide on for Most effective 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 investigate surrealism, what she has brilliantly finished is to supply a new 21st century variation of surrealism, where by her proficient painting talents marry it with fantasy, and the fantastical (which is different) as effectively as a healthful dose of narrative storytelling.  

It is “otherworldly” artwork deeply anchored in details which life hidden in our ancestral brain.  This is work which after you obtain it and hang it in your household, will dominate all the things else which you have hung on these walls.

Go outside the house and see some artwork this weekend, talks to artists and artisans, try to eat some negative-for-you meals and hear to some outdoor tunes.