Story posted February 09, 2010
The awards honor the best art made in New England and top exhibitions organized in the region. The winners, picked by critics and more than 1,880 voters from across the region, were announced Feb. 8, 2010.
Wethli's work, which won in both the critic's choice and people's choice categories for painting, had been exhibited in a solo show at Brunswick's Icon Gallery September5-October 3, 2009. Many of the colorfully graphic works were painted on wooden panels salvaged from Bowdoin buildings undergoing renovation. (Read story.)
"It's a terrific honor," said Wethli, "and it speaks well that there were so many Maine artists and Maine art venues among the nominees." Other awardees included Maine printmaker Anna Hepler (who taught at Bowdoin from 2004-2009), who won for her solo show at Montserrat College of Art.
Icon Gallery owner Duane Paluska described Wethli as "one of the best artists in New England, if not the country, both for the variety of things he can do, for the technical mastery, and for the insight and thoughtfulness of his work. It's a boost to the reputation of the gallery to have artists like Mark here."
View a full list of 2009 New England Art Award recipients.