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Call for Artists: 16th Annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

May 11-12
Bethesda, Maryland
Presented By: Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District
140 Artists
Deadline: December 21

Application Fee: $35       Booth Fee: $450-$900

Downtown Bethesda, MD, a lively urban area renowned for restaurants, shopping, galleries and theaters. Bethesda, a state-designated Arts & Entertainment District, is located adjacent to Washington, D.C. and is one of the most renowned and affluent communities in the metropolitan area.
Artist amenities include breakfast and lunch for participating artists and 24-hour security. Volunteers will distribute beverages and booth sit. All booth locations are accessible by vehicle for set-up and tear down. All original fine art and fine craft is eligible, including ceramics, clothing/fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood and other. A jury will select award winners from on-site evaluation.
Artists must be 18 years or older. Artist must be present throughout the festival. Artists may apply in more than one category; however they may sell work only in the category in which they have been accepted. Reproductions of original work are permitted, but must be displayed in browse bins ONLY. No framed reproductions allowed. All work must be created by the artist. No mass-produced, commercially manufactured work or work manufactured from kits or molds are eligible. No light weight pop-up tents will be permitted.

Every booth has a corner at no additional charge.

New this yearThe 2017 "Bethesda Fine Arts Festival" was ranked #69 on "Sunshine Artist's Top 100 Best Fine Arts Festivals in the USA."
Applications are reviewed by Festival Director, Catriona Fraser, Head of Marketing for the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Stephanie Coppula, and a member of the Bethesda Urban Partnership marketing team. 
Award Winners from the previous year's event are pre-juried and invited to participate. A panel of 3 invited jurors will select the award winners from on-site evaluations during the event

More Information:
Contact: Catriona Fraser, 254-0586

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Comment by Connie Mettler on December 14, 2018 at 2:34pm

I don't think Robin ran this one, Larry. I believe she was involved with the Bethesda show in the fall.

Comment by Connie Mettler on December 14, 2018 at 2:31pm

Good catch, Barry. Yep, that is Joe. He's at Arts, Beats & Eats in Michigan. He has probably done more shows than just about anyone in this business. Totally professional. I'd set up next to him any day. We also had a Majestic and also the Imperial, a 90 lb pop up that I think was made by KD. But they were so heavy they discontinued making them. No one would buy them. We had two and easily found a buyer when we retired from the business.

Comment by Barry Bernstein on December 14, 2018 at 9:54am

That's Joe Cyberski. That's the Majestic pop up tent, which he has had for a long time. It's the high end version that is made from steel. He's had that tent for many, many years. The old ones, probably made in the US, are a lot better made than the newer crappy ones. I'm more in fear of someones $200 EZ-Up flying across the way and damaging my work and my tent, which happened once.

Comment by Len Jagoda on December 13, 2018 at 8:45pm

I noticed that the application states that "light weight pop up tents are not permitted" - (good by E-Z UP) but the image shown above (jeweler) appears to have one.  Is that image from the Bethesda show or some other show?  

Comment by Larry Sohn on December 7, 2018 at 11:59pm

Is this the show Robin used to run?

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