Discover why artists love our “High quality Buyers” with “great buying energy”
October 9-10, 2021
Apply to Participate
$50 application fee.
The Festival attracts high income attendees come from the Washington, DC Metro Area, and the surrounding suburbs of Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Upper Northwest. The three mile radius around the Festival has an average household income of $196,910, making it one of the nation’s most affluent and educated art marketplaces.
The event is promoted through a targeted and integrated marketing plan, which includes a comprehensive social media and internet campaign, magazine and newspaper advertising, postcards and posters, and radio promotion. Our public relation firm works with the local chamber of commerce and urban district to engage the community, and reach out to new audiences.
Engaging, answering questions and sharing my unique work with many show attendees.
Great interaction with knowledgeable buyers.
Quality, high-end buyers.
Great buying energy this year!
The incredible amount of buyers.
Enjoyed the engaging crowd. And the great weather.
Speaking with lots of engaged customers about my art.
How the abundant attendees loved my product and didn’t flinch at price points!
Please apply under one (or more) of the 16 Artistic Disciplines. Roll over each icon for more information.
PLEASE READ ABOUT OUR COMMITMENT AND COVID-19 PLANS
The 2021 Bethesda Arts Festival offers a lot of promise. October 9-10 should coincide with a broad and enthusiastic “re-opening”, and we expect demand for our outdoor Festival — and your art work — to be at all-time high. We are working with local governments and health departments to create a safe environment while also preserving the aesthetic, energy and ambiance of the Festival.
Operational decisions will be made in the months leading up to the Festival. We ask for your patience, trust and partnership, which we hope we have earned over the years, as we make decisions in the best interest of all.
In the unlikely event that the Festival has to be cancelled, we assure you that:
- Prior jury selection (on or before July 15, 2021), all applications fees paid will be refunded
- After jury selection (after July 15, 2021), booth fees and tent rental fees paid will be refunded
2019 Award Winners
We are happy to share our 2019 Award Winners. Click on their images for more information.
Sculptural jewelry made of carved glass, hand-constructed sterling, & gemstones.
Original artworks on prepared primed panel. The drawings are created with graphite pencil and graphite powder. A variety of tools are used including erasers, sandpaper razor blade and fiberglass brushes.
Richard Wilson Fine Arts & Graphics Inc.
I sketch w/ hard pastels on primed board or paper. Includes layers of sand mixed w/ gesso to add texture, then layered w/ over 50 color combos of pastel. I create narrative works that are nostalgic
Bashar Jarjour and Roula Jarjour
Vessels are wheel thrown. Most of them are hand carved. Glazed with brush. Fired in gas kiln with reduction.
JD Dennison LLC
I use negatives of images and mirror them across different axes to create beautiful patterns out of natural materials.
Soft pastels, blended with fingers, layered on archival paper surfaces.
batik by amit
Los Angeles, CA
Fiber - Decorative
Original batiks on Egyptian cotton hot wax and dyes process. The wax act as resist on the fabric and is applied with care.The artist goal is to challenge the difficult technique with fine details.
Maritza Silk Design
College Park, MD
Fiber - Wearable
Hand painted silk using various techniques including salt, batik, aerofalten and various silks including habotai, charmeuse, and others.
Hand blown glass vessels from the furnace that are made using ancient Venetian techniques.
Midnight Oil Studio & Workshop
Jonathan Metzger and Allison Metzger
Des Moines, IA
Graphics & Printmaking
Limited edition Serigraph images hand-printed on archival paper. Hand-cut rubylith stencils. Textures are created using India ink and grease crayons.
Sheko Kirby & Sarkis Chouljian and Sarkis Chouljian
Conceptually driven yet technically complex, we hand carve in traditional cire perdue and hand fabricate full movement connections using old world approaches and unique stone setting techniques.
Reclaimed sheet metal from old desks and shelves are spliced together and formed over hand-bent tubular steel frameworks.
Jupi's Art & Consulting
Mixed Media 2D
The art of paper cutting is artist self creation and her own style blended with tradition style of the paper cutting art from around the world.
Steel & Grain
Mixed Media 3D
I design and create custom furniture pieces using locally sourced wood combined with the strong elegant lines of steel, using both classic and modern tools to achieve the highest level of refinement.
I paint in oil on canvas.
Christos J. Palios
Photographs are captured in natural light, printed w/archival pigment & floated behind Museum Glass. Frame designs are solid wood, custom-joined & hand-assembled.
Turtlepoint Driftwood LLC
Chesapeake Beach, MD
Driftwood from the Chesapeake watershed is assembled to form a multitude of creatures from the natural and mythical worlds. Sculptures demonstrate life while focusing on the beauty of the wood.
P.A. Kessler Studio
Patricia (Pam) Kessler
Hilton Head Island, SC
As a botanical artist, I work on a 300lb Hot Press paper. My medium is transparent watercolor
Ana Barragan LLC
Ana Maria Barragan and Ana Barragan
Handmade wooden sunglasses, work with tropical and recycled layers of wood.Painted & engraved, each one is a unique piece, 100% organic protected with natural waxes.
Discover the 2019 Artists
New for 2019
You gotta start somewhere! We know that collecting art can be daunting — so many styles and disciplines, in every price point. Introducing “stARTer gallery” — a separate cluster of tents located on Bethesda Lane, featuring local and emerging artists showcasing their works to first-time and novice art collectors. To assist with the process, student art curators are on-hand to ensure your connections with the artists are personal and meaningful.
Volunteer as an Art Ambassador
New for 2019
We invite you to participate with us as an Art Ambassador — volunteers who assist with patron services, relieving artists, and creating a fun and hospitable environment for all to enjoy! The only skill needed is a big smile and the willingness to help out.
The official festival program will be inserted into the Sunday, October 6 Washington Post, and is available at stores throughout Bethesda Row — and, of course, will be available on-site from our Art Ambassadors. Click on the image above to download a PDF version today, and start planning your visit!
LOCATED IN ThE hEART OF BEThESDA,
GETTING hERE IS EASY.
The show is two blocks from the Bethesda Metro Station (Red Line). At the top of the escalator, turn left through the bus terminal to Woodmont Avenue. Turn left on Woodmont and walk into the festival.
The public garage in the middle of the festival is accessible from Bethesda Avenue via Arlington Road, and other lots near the event are also open. Please do not park in private lots, or the lots of other businesses.
The Capital Crescent Trail crosses the show at the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Bethesda Avenue. There is plenty of bike parking throughout the show. Please do not block sidewalks or walkways.
Each October, more than 35.000 people gather to witness Bethesda Row’s transformation into an outdoor art gallery featuring 190 of the finest artists. Come take part and support the local community!
Marketing for Bethesda Row Arts Festival will be comprehensive, and includes internet, magazine, newspaper, postcards, posters, street banners, television, transit, and radio. Marketing is targeted to individuals with high disposable income and interest in fine arts. Upon sponsorship confirmation, your organization will be featured on the Bethesda Row Arts Festival website and on all festival promotional material.