Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Weird snow

This morning, as I was once again shoveling snow from my driveway, both my neighbor and I commented that his was the oddest, weirdest looking snow either one of us had ever seen.

It looked like fake Hollywood snow.... Like someone had taken a million pounds of white styrofoam and shredded it into little, tiny, fluffy balls.

Bethesda Painting Awards

Submissions must be received by Monday, February 21, 2014. 

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is currently accepting applications for the seventh annual Bethesda Painting Awards

Up to nine finalists will be selected to display their work in an exhibition during the month of June at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda, and the top four winners will receive $14,000 in prize monies. Best in Show will be awarded $10,000; Second Place will be honored with $2,000 and Third Place will receive $1,000. Additionally, a “Young Artist” whose birthday is after February 21, 1984 may be awarded $1,000. 

Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. 

All original 2-D paintings including oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, encaustic and mixed media will be accepted. The maximum dimensions should not exceed 60 inches in width or 84 inches in height. No reproductions. 

Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the duration of the exhibit. Each artist must submit 5 slides, application and a non-refundable fee of $25. Digital entries will be accepted on DC in JPG, GIF or PNG format. 

For a complete application, please visit www.bethesda.org, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Bethesda Painting Awards
c/o Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District
7700 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814 

Or call 301-215-6660 x117. The 2014 Bethesda Painting Awards exhibition will be held June 4-28 at Gallery B.

The 2014 competition will be juried by Carrie Patterson, Paul Ryan and Judy Southerland.

Carrie Patterson is an Associate Professor of Art at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from James Madison University and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from The University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and in Bogota, Colombia. Patterson has received a Seedling Painting Award for her work from The Leeway Foundation for the Arts and a Virginia Governor’s Fellowship to The Virginia Center for Creative Arts in 2003. Over the past 10 years, her work has been selected for exhibition by prominent painters such as Sean Scully, Bill Jensen, John Walker, Graham Nickson and Barbara Grossman.

Paul Ryan
is a Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA. He is also a painter, an art critic and the director of Hunt Gallery, the college’s art gallery. Paul has a Master of Fine Art in Painting from the Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Art in English from Principia College. Paul has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Virginia and in Ithaca, NY, and at the University of South Carolina. Paul has been a contributing editor for Art Papers Magazine since 1990. Since 1989, he has contributed to Art Papers Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, Artlies Magazine and the New Art Examiner. He is represented by Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA, and his paintings are in numerous public, corporate and private collections.

Judy Southerland
is an artist and adjunct faculty at the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, D.C. She has recently exhibited at School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, MD; the Anthenaeum, Alexandria, VA; Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA; Miami University, Middletown, OH; The Arts Club of Washington and Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C.; McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE; and College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD. Judy received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship from the D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities, and curatorial projects include Fresh Perspectives and Hillyer Art Space. Southerland received a Master of Fine Art in Painting from American University and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Auburn University. Along with teaching painting,