The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District today announced the eight finalists for the Bethesda Painting Awards, the annual competition with a $10,000 prize for Best In Show and gallery in the Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Gallery B.
The Arts & Entertainment District will announce the top prize winners at 7 p.m. on June 5, at an event to show off the paintings in Gallery B (7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E). The second place winner will earn $2,000. The third place winner and a young artist will receive $1,000 each.
Joan Belmar, of Takoma Park, Dennis Farber of Lutherville, Christine Gray, of Alexandria, Hedieh Ilchi, of Rockville, Barry Nemett, of Stevenson, Cara Ober, of Baltimore, Erin Raedeke, of Gaithersburg, and Bill Schmidt, of Baltimore, are the finalists. Gray’s and Ilchi’s paintings are displayed above.
The public opening of the gallery will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 14, in conjunction with the BUP’s monthly Bethesda Art Walk. The paintings will serve as Gallery B’s June exhibition.
Tim Doud, Associate Professor of Art at American University, painter and blogger Duane Keiser and Christine Neill, Professor of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art, judged the entries.