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The Arts

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The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is accepting submissions for The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards. The 4th annual juried art competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to four selected artists. Deadline for slide submission is Monday, April 10, and up to 15 artists will be invited to display their work from Sept. 5-Sept. 29, in downtown Bethesda at Creative Partners Gallery, located at 4600 East-West Highway.

The first place winner will be awarded $10,000; second place will be honored with $2,000 and third place will be awarded $1,000. A “young” artist whose birth date is after April 10, 1976 will also be awarded $1,000.

Each artist must submit five slides, application and a non-refundable entry fee of $25. For a complete submission form, please visit www.bethesda.org or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc., c/o The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Montgomery College is currently hosting an exhibit of contemporary pottery to showcase the talents of ten top potters in the United States today. “East Meets West” will be on display through April 7 at the College’s Rockville Campus Art Gallery. Organized by Art Professor Kevin Hluch, the exhibit brings together the varied viewpoints and technical and aesthetic approaches of distinguished ceramic artists working on the West and East Coasts of the United States. Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Paul Peck Art Building. Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 6–8 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact the Art Gallery at 301-279-5115 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/artrockville.

The Fraser Gallery announces the selection and opening of the IV Annual Bethesda International Photography Competition, juried this year by Catriona Fraser through April 11. Ms. Fraser selected photographers and work from nearly 1,000 entries submitted worldwide. The exhibition opens on Friday, March 10, with an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. for all selected photographers as part of the Bethesda Art Walk. The Fraser Gallery is located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue (Suite E) in Bethesda. The opening is free and open to the public.

The Maryland Humanities Council will host “Portraits of Life: Holocaust Survivors of Montgomery County,” Montgomery College’s photography exhibit exploring the human experience of survival and hope, at the Council’s new headquarters at 108 West Centre Street in the Mount Vernon Cultural district from now through April 13.

The exhibit, supported by the Council’s Dr. Hiltgunt Margret Zassenhaus Memorial Fund and on loan from the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College, combines survivors’ stories with black and white portrait panels. “Portraits of Life” will be open to the public on Thursday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. through April 13. In addition, special group tours of the exhibit, led by local Holocaust survivors, can be arranged by contacting Council Program Officer Jean Wortman at 410-685-4187. The Council will also offer a series of public programs related to the exhibition. For more information, visit the Council’s Web site at www.mdhc.org.

Venetian Masquerade, photographs by Maurice Asseo is on exhibit at Creative Partners Gallery from March 7 through April 8. These are a selection of photographs taken by Asseo in 2002 of Mardi Gras celebrants in Venice. The artist will host a reception with refreshments on Friday, March 10 from 6-9 p.m. Asseo will also present his complete multi-media slide show at the Gallery on Wednesday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Tory Cowles’ show “Catch Me If You Can” will be on display at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th St., NW Washington D.C. through April 9. The gallery is open Wednesday to Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 12-5 p.m. Call 202-347-2787 or visit www.touchstonegallery.com.

Art Exhibit Opening 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Garden of Memories is an exhibit featuring the art of Paula Wachsstock. Call Jodi Kurtis at 301-348-3814.

The Washington Studio School, 4505 Stanford Street, Chevy Chase, presents its 20th Anniversary Gala exhibit of founding members and current faculty April 3-29. The Gala reception will be Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. Call 301-718-7210 or visit www.washingtonstudioschool.org.

During the month of April, the G Street Doll Club will be exhibiting an exciting variety of handmade cloth dolls at the Friendship Heights Community Center in Chevy Chase. The G Street Doll Club, which meets at G Street Fabrics in Rockville, recently donated eleven handmade dolls, each costumed in red, to the American Heart Association for auction at their annual fundraising gala.

The Posh Pooch's Art Fund-raiser to Benefit Noah's Wish, featuring animal artwork by Karen Derrico — voted one of the "best pet artists," by Washingtonian Magazine — will run for three months from March 6. The opening reception will be on March 9 from 5-7 p.m. Some 25 percent of the proceeds from art on exhibit, and commissioned pet paintings will benefit Noah's Wish — an organization dedicated to rescuing animals in disasters. The Posh Pooch is located at 8009 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda call 301-652-1199 or www.theposhpooch.com.

Glenview Mansion Art Gallery at Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, present three artists. Work by Carol Lopatin, William J. Moore and Micael Sastre works will be on display from April 2 – May 2. A reception will be from 1-4 p.m. on April 2. Call 240-314-8682 or 240-314-8660.

The Creative Partners Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway (entrance on Waverly Street) Bethesda, presents "Dream Tea," Whimsical Porcelain Sculpture by Laura Peery And New Work by Gallery Members from April 11, through May 6. Free admission. Artists Reception: Friday April 14, 6-9 p.m. Artist's Demonstration and Tea on April 29 from 3-5 p.m. Galley hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12 to 6 p.m. creativepartnersart.com or 301-951-9441.

"Sex, Friendship and the Revolution," a Posthumous Exhibit of Clay and Bronze Sculpture by Ella Tulin and New Work by Gallery Members, will be on display at Creative Partners Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda, from May 9 through June 3. The Artist reception will be Friday May 12 from 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12-6 p.m. Call 301-951-9441.

Free exhibits of emerging artist work and art sales at the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery. May 6 and 7 feature Carol Marburger, May 13 and 14 feature Carol Greenwald, May 20 and 21 feature the annual Montgomery High School Show, May 27 and 28 feature Haley and Courtney Bohen. The Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery is on the 3rd floor of the arcade building. Every Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. Call 301-371-5593 or visit www.yellowbarnstudio.com.