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Day 133: The Finest Fine Art Show in Maryland!

It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet. 

~Kojiro Tomita

This weekend, May 14th – May 15th, is the annual Bethesda Fine Art Festival.  Held from 10 Am – 6 PM on Saturday and 10 Am – 5 PM on Sunday, the show features art works from 140 artisans plus live entertainment including rock, jazz, reggae and more.  No event is complete without delicious food and the fine art festival is no exception!  Local restaurants will be serving as food vendors on Del Ray Ave (“food row”) with some tasty treats to enjoy while you check out the works of art.  I am keenly interested in having some of the crab cake sliders offered by Blackfinn American Saloon. 

BUP Map of Fine Art Festival 2011

The event is FREE and there is FREE parking available at parking garages in the area – the closest one is on Auburn.  You can’t beat that, however, keep in mind that parking in Bethesda on the weekend is a bear, so if you can walk, bike or bus into town, that’s a better option.  The METRO is another good choice; it’s about 6 blocks away.  While the art event will be held on Auburn and Norfolk Aves., the food vendors and live bands will be enticing you over to Del Ray Ave.  The map shows you the lay of land, courtesy of BUP.

Our fine art festival is held RAIN or SHINE which is a good thing since the weather this weekend looks more like a day in Seattle than Bethesda…drizzle, drizzle, drizzle.  With that said, all your other outdoor festivities are botched so why not stop by and enjoy the treasures to be found?  Bring your bumbershoot!  The festival artists from 25 states in our nation plus Canada are showcasing one-of-a-kind original fine ceramics, glass works, furniture, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood crafts, mixed media, clothing, jewelry and more. 

According to the Bethesda Urban Partnership website, the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival was ranked #78 on the 200 Best Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine in September 2008, making it the highest ranked fine art show in Maryland!  Of course, it could be the ONLY fine art show in Maryland for all I know!  (But I doubt that.)  I hope to check it out for myself tomorrow.      ~Amy

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