By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, June 13, 2014
Earlier this month, the winners of the annual Bethesda Painting Awards competition were announced in a ceremony at downtown Bethesda’s Gallery B, where an exhibition of work by the contest’s eight finalists is on view. Kyle Hackett walked away with the $10,000 “Best in Show” prize, making him, at 24, the youngest winner of the top prize in the regional contest’s 10--year history. (The Baltimore painter turns 25 this month ---- not a bad early birthday present.) The other winners are Philip Hinge ($2,000), Ryan Carr Johnson ($1,000) and Ali Miller ($1,000).
On Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., the four winners will be feted at a reception for the show, which also includes work by runners--up Si Jae Byun, Dan Perkins, Bill Schmidt and Kendra Wadsworth.