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July 30, 2013

Burlington Artist Mark Boedges Wins Plein Air Painting Competition

P502sAnyone who's been to his Battery Street gallery knows Mark Boedges is an excellent landscape painter, and one who has dedicated himself to the exacting artistic tradition of en plein air painting.

This past weekend, that was confirmed anew when Boedges took home top honors in the Door County Plein Air Festival in Wisconsin, for his work "Niagara Escarpment" (right).

Boedges also won the Artists' Choice Award for another painting, "Sturgeon Shipyard," which features, um, ships in a yard.

Both paintings are oil on canvas, 14 by 20 inches. Not surprisingly, both also sold.

Personally, I'm enamored with "Downtown Bethel," Boedges' 12-by-18-inch oil rendering of the now-calm river scene (pictured below right) that was a roaring, destructive force during Tropical Storm Irene two years ago. And that one, according to the painter's website, is still for sale. Hmmm.

Anyway, this exhibition adds another couple notches to the artist's belt. Guess this sitting outdoors and painting for hours on end thing can pay off.

In December 2011, Megan James wrote a profile of the Mark Boedges Gallery for Seven Days. You can read it here.

Congratulations to Boedges, and many happy repeats.



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