Bethesda Fine Arts Festival next Saturday


Get thrilled for artwork, amusement, food & a lot more at the yearly Bethesda Great Arts Pageant on Saturday, May possibly 14 (10am – 6pm) & Sunday, May well 15 (10am – 5pm)! Stroll Norfolk & Auburn Avenues to see 100+ artist booths, listen to good songs & delight in foods, wine & beer for the fantastic weekend in downtown Bethesda.

All no cost and also a great deal of free parking!

Details listed here.

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

You know what’s coming future – my awards for top artists in the clearly show.  As a amazing 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 present are remarkable — I have published a ton about Joseph Craig English from Washington Grove, MD (Booth #84) – in this clearly show John Pernell and Michael Nemnich are also rather fantastic.

For Mixed Media, my leading decide was Sandra Sedmak Engel, whose sensual work is a satisfaction both equally to the eye and the eros that outdoor shows ordinarily test to remove.

There are a ton of gifted photographers in the present. See them all below. James Richmond from Titusville, Florida (Booth #76) went to Cuba and has the required photographs of old 1950s vehicles in Havana, as I comprehend that the Cuban dictatorship will not let tourists (and photographers especially) to depart from the jailed island except proof is offered at the airport that images of the vintage cars have been taken.  

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

Cuban farmer by James Richmond
Cuban farmer by James Richmond

It is a amazing photograph, capturing the essence of the Cuban guajiro, his ancient Basque bloodlines nevertheless pretty cleansing managing through his veins as evidenced by the telltale ear lobe, a huge smile for the American vacationer on his skinny lips, and a hand-rolled Habano in his mouth, the envy of each smoker millionaire all-around the earth.

In the category of sculpture, Tanya Tyree caught my focus as her sculptures struggle in between talented performance and a little bit of whimsy. What is obvious is a straight and exclusive vision becoming delivered by the (I suspect) quite powerful and qualified hands of this artist.

And the Campello decide for Very best in Demonstrate?

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

Parachutes by Cassie Taggart
Parachutes by Cassie Taggart

When anybody can straight away see that Taggart’s perform examine surrealism, what she has brilliantly completed is to deliver a new 21st century variation of surrealism, where by her experienced painting talents marry it with fantasy, and the fantastical (which is unique) as perfectly as a wholesome dose of narrative storytelling.  

It is “otherworldly” artwork deeply anchored in details which lives hidden in our ancestral brain.  This is work which after you get it and dangle it in your property, will dominate all the things else which you have hung on people partitions.

Go outside the house and see some artwork this weekend, talks to artists and artisans, consume some negative-for-you food and hear to some outside music.


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