Two art shows over Labor Day Weekend showcased the work of Montgomery County residents and other area artists in a variety of media.
The Town of Kensington and the Montgomery Art Association partnered to host the annual “Paint the Town” show at the Kensington Armory. Entrants submitted paintings in four categories: Kensington (a painting of some aspect of Kensington); Landscape; Portrait, People and Animals; and Still Life.
On Saturday, the organizers also held a plein air (meaning “painting outdoors”) competition, in which participants had to complete a painting of some area of Kensington by 3 p.m. Susan Gordon, a local artist, entered the competition for the first time this year and created a painting of the train tracks which pass through Kensington.
“I thought this was sort of representational of the town,” Gordon said. “You have the old tracks and the newer buildings.”
Carol Leo, a Kensington resident, painted a watercolor rendering of a house on her street.
“The Victorian architecture in this town is beautiful,” Leo said. “it’s always a challenge to get the right perspective to capture the shapes of the houses. There so many jutting areas and places that go up and down. But I like a challenge, and I like to paint outdoors. You’re forced to be free and fast when you paint outdoors.”
Leo also won an honorable mention in the Portrait, People and Animals category for her painting “Mr. And Mrs.,” a rendering of a pair of ducks.
Jennifer Beaudet, a longtime patron of the show who entered her work for the first time this year, won first place in two categories. The first was the Bertha Clum Award in the Kensington Category for her painting “Kensington Station,” a depiction of the Kensington Train Station, which was first built in 1891 and now services MARC trains.
The award’s namesake, Bertha Clum, was a lifelong Kensington resident and artist who was instrumental in founding the art show in the mid-1980s.
Beaudet also won first place in the Landscape category for her painting “Montgomery County Fair,” which featured the midway of the Agricultural Fair held annually at the County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.
“I’ve dabbled in painting before, but I didn’t really dust off my easel and complete a painting until January of this year,” Beaudet said. “I’m thrilled to have won. The Montgomery Art Association is a wonderful organization.”
The 48th Annual Glen Echo Park Labor Day Art Show displayed artwork from over 200 mid-Atlantic artists in the historic Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park.
“I think the architecture of the Spanish Ballroom is amazing,” said Helen Fellows, who entered the show for the second time this year. “It’s a really neat park, and the show is a wonderful opportunity for non-professionals to show their work.”
Fellows entered “Shed,” her watercolor painting of a house that she completed on a retreat in Colorado earlier this year.
Russ Mardon, a first-time entrant, submitted “Sunset Surf,” his painting of a fisherman in Nantucket.
“I’ve taken up painting relatively recently, just within the last year or so,” said Mardon, who has taken art lessons at Glen Echo Park. “I mostly use my own photographs as models, and so this is based on the memory of a place that’s very meaningful to me, and it’s a thrill to try and capture that feeling for someone else. I’ve really enjoyed the show. There are so many great artists here.”