‘Name that Sculpture’ competition at Taste of Bethesda

Public art sculptures blend art and architecture.  They must connect the viewer to the piece and deliver a visual story to an exclusive piece of artwork.

Mark Kramer, a native Washingtonian, is both a sculptor and a professional architect. Kramer’s welded steel and bronze sculptures can be found in public spaces and private collections throughout the DC Metropolitan area. One of Mark’s most recognizable pieces, his 25 ft. steel sculpture, on East West Highway (across from the Round House theatre) ‘Lyrical Lady’ — has been a gateway piece to Bethesda for several decades.

Kramer believes that the key to creating public art is a harmony between the building design and the unique piece of artwork. In the spirit of supporting public art and our community’s connection to public art, we are launching a public ‘Name the Sculpture’ contest to establish a new name for a new sculpture installation by Mark Kramer on Old Georgetown Road in downtown Bethesda.

The Name the Sculpture Contest

During the renowned Taste of Bethesda festival in downtown Bethesda the weekend of October 5-6, be part of this exciting process. Propose a name for the new sculpture located on Old Georgetown Road and Glenbrook Road. In addition to the winner’s name being selected as the official title for the sculpture, you will also receive a special gift from the artist.

Come to the Taste of Bethesda and submit your name selection directly at the Bethesda Urban Partnership‘s booth and table, or email your selection directly to mark@kramerarchitects.com.


Video tours of Mark’s Gallery B bronze show

A short video tour of Mark Kramer’s new bronze show at the Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Gallery B in Bethesda, Maryland. Filmed by Emma Patti for Bethesda Magazine, as originally featured in the September-October 2011 issue of Bethesda Magazine.

An Interview by Todd C. Wiggins with Architect and Artist, Mark Kramer, at the Opening of Gallery B in Bethesda, Maryland.

Press for “Retrospective of Figurative Bronzes”

Mark Kramer’s current show, “A Retrospective of Figurative Bronzes,” at the Gallery B in Bethesda has received a wave of local media attention. Check out some of the recent articles:

Written in the stars: Gallery B opens with Zodiac and French sculptures
By Topher Forhecz, Gazette.net, Arts Section

Shuttered gallery space to reopen in October
By Louis Jacobsen, Washington CityPaper, ArtsDesk

Bethesda’s newest gallery joins Art Walk
By Erin Donaghue, Patch.com, Bethesda Arts

Bethesda Urban Partnership announces the October opening of Gallery B
By Karen Watkins, Bethesda Magazine, Shop Talk

Bethesda Urban Partnership “Gallery B” Show opens Oct. 15


Presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership
Sept. 16, 2011 (BETHESDA, MD) – The Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District introduce Mark Kramer, local sculptor/architect at Gallery B, their exciting new community gallery space in Bethesda, Maryland from October 12, 2011 through November 5, 2011. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12pm – 6pm, and a public opening reception will be held in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk on Friday, October 14 from 6-9pm.

As a sculptor and architect in the Metropolitan area for over 25 years, Mark Kramer will show, A Retrospective of Figurative Bronzes, which are a series of new and prior Bronze Bas Relief sculptures. Kramer will be the first artist to exhibit work at the space from October 12 through November 5, 2011. His latest works are Parisian themes that depict interpretations of French cultural landmarks at locales throughout the French landscape. The French pieces are complemented by the Zodiac Series, a collection of dramatic visual scenes inspired by the symbolism of astrological signs.

Kramer uses the special technique of lost wax bronze casting method. Sculptors today do not typically utilize this technique. This is a chance to see contemporary sculptures through the process created from a classical medium. His pieces infuse character, personality and story with the craft of clay sculpture and bronze casting.

Mark Kramer is a native from Bethesda, Maryland. He has worked extensively on private collections, in addition to creating several public commissioned works, such as “Lyrical Lady,” a landmark sculpture located in the downtown Bethesda business district.

An opening reception will be held on October 15 from 5:00 – 8:00PM. A portion of all proceeds generated by the opening will be donated to the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.

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