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Cat Fraser and Carol Trawick presented Barry Nemett, from Stevenson, MD, with the $10,000 Bethesda Painting Award on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The $2,000 second prize was awarded to Christine Gray, of Alexandria, VA and third prize of $1,000 was given to Hedieh Ilchi of Rockville, MD.

This is the ninth year of the Bethesda Painting Awards, an annual juried competition produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District to honor regional painters. The exhibition features the work of eight finalists and is up at Gallery B in Bethesda through June 29.

Jurors for the 2013 Bethesda Painting Awards were Christine Neil, Tim Doud, and Duane Keiser.

IMG_4172works by Christine Gray, Hedieh Ilchi, and Dennis Farber

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Bill Schmidt, above and below

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Sticky Triangle by Christine Gray, detail below

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works by Cara Ober

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Christine Gray

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Hedieh Ilchi

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Dennis Farber

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Erin Raedeke, above and below

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Mother’s Milk by Erin Raedeke

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Joan Belmar, in foreground

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Joan Belmar, details below

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work by Barry Nemett

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Carol Trawick gives a speech

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Hedieh Ilchi receiving her trophy for third prize

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Christine Gray receives her trophy for second prize