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By: Brittany Racca

Shadows-on-the-Teche invites the public to come witness artists in action and purchase fine art during its Paint Acadiana plein air (outdoors painting) juried competition to be held March 11 - 17, 2017 in New Iberia.

All 29 artists will paint pictures outside in various Acadiana locations from March 11 to March 16 when they will submit their two best to be judged by artist and instructor Erik Koeppel from Jackson, N.H.

On March 17, the Shadows will host a free paint-out on the plantation's grounds from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. open to all artists of any age and spectators (317 E. Main St.).
Works produced at the paint-out will be judged by Koeppel and exhibited at the Shadows Visitor Center (320 E. Main St.).

The public can also buy art at the silent auction and attend the free opening reception for the exhibition of the works submitted by the artists starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Shadows Visitor Center.
Competition winners will be announced and prizes awarded at 7 p.m.

Artists Participating:

In alphabetical order, the 2017 competing artists are:

  • Suzie Baker
  • Ben Bensen
  • Catherine Boyer
  • Joanne Brandt
  • Susan Clark
  • Ron Cutrera
  • Tony Cutrera
  • Kathy Daigle
  • Darnelle Delcambre
  • Claude Ellender
  • Catherine Hillis
  • Cathy LaChance
  • Nan Landry
  • Harold Letz
  • Betty Liles
  • Tamara Lindsay
  • Renee Mitchell
  • Mary Monk
  • Kevin Quattlebaum
  • Craig Reynolds
  • Phil Sandusky
  • Andrea Schellman
  • Fred Shannon
  • Linda Shannon
  • Ann Sutton
  • Peg Usner
  • Gwen Voorhies
  • Marcia Willman
  • Jeromy Young

They are coming to New Iberia from Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, Utah, California and Canada.

Profits raised from this event are intended to provide art education for adults and children and encourage an interest in and an appreciation for the visual arts.

For more information, clike here or contact Pat Kahle at (337) 369-6446 or e-mail.

About Plein Air:
The phrase "plein air" describes a style of art created in the open air, a process much different from producing canvases in the studio. Artists must deal with shifting angles and tones of light as well as adverse weather conditions.
Weeks Hall, the last owner of the Shadows, was an artist who engaged in many styles of art including plein air.
The Shadows-on-the-Teche plein air competition begun in 2015 to continue the tradition of art at the Shadows and in the community.