Mark Boedges’s painting
A First Place award can make an artist feel good, and it looks good on a resume. But it’s even better when an internationally known painter judged the competition.


If for no other reason, Mark Boedges must be feeling particularly fine right now, after acclaimed watercolorist Charles Reid pegged his oil painting “On the Farm” for First Prize at the Plein Air Vermont event, September 7 in Bennington. Reid is the author of 11 books on painting, and his pieces are in numerous public and private collections.

“Haviland’s Privilege,” by Tarryl Gabel, 2013, oil, 14 x 18 in. Bennington Center for the Arts Purchase Prize winner

Reid chose Hiu Lai Chong’s “Lincoln’s Franklin” for Second Prize, and Sandra Wakeen’s “Journey Home” for Third. The Bennington Center for the Arts Purchase Prize was won by Tarryl Gable for her piece “Haviland’s Privilege.”

Garin Baker (left) and John Caggiano paint the Paper Mill Covered Bridge from along the Walloomsac River

The Quick Draw competition was won by Stewart White. More than $6,000 in cash and prizes were awarded.

Jason Sacran tackles a nocturne in downtown Bennington. Sacran will be featured in the January 2013 issue of PleinAir magazine.


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