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Find art and more at the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

While in Bethesda, Md., on Saturday for some shopping and margarita-sangria swirls, I found out there was an art fair going on nearby. Like any smartphone user in 2013, I pulled out my iPhone and searched Google for “Bethesda art fair.” Thanks to my smartphone, I was able to find out that there indeed was an art fair — the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival — and mapped a route to it.

About a half-mile walk from Bethesda Row, the art fair was located along Del Ray, Auburn and Norfolk avenues in the Woodmont Triangle.

Booths from 130 artists lined the streets as festival goers strolled along, stopping to check out particularly eye-catching pieces. Artwork included photography, painting, printmaking, mixed media works, woodwork, sculpture, clothing and textiles, ceramics and glass pieces, jewelry and furniture. There were stunning black-and-white wildlife photos by Rich Killion and uniquely-geometric, luxurious rings by Harry Roa, of Sarasota, Fla. Local artists included Courtney Gillen, of Silver Spring, Md., who makes very wearable and pretty seaglass jewelry, and multi-talented artist Joseph Craig English, of Washington Grove, Md., whose prints showcased such local scenes as Baltimore Orioles games, Georgetown streets and the U.S. Capitol.

Maryland printmaker's works showcase local scenes from around the state and Washington, D.C.

Maryland printmaker’s works showcase local scenes from around the state and Washington, D.C.

The festival also featured live entertainment and booths from Bethesda restaurants. Admission to the annual art fair is free, and free parking is available at a nearby garage.

Another Bethesda art fair takes place Oct. 19-20. The Bethesda Row Arts Festival will feature 190 artists in a wide variety of mediums with works ranging from $45 to $60,000. If I’m in the Washington, D.C., area that weekend, maybe I’ll see you there!

Wish you were here,

Erin

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