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Shadows Plein Air 2019

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By: Brittany Racca

The Shadows-on-the-Teche received a record number 73 applicants from 19 states for the Shadows Plein Air Art Competition, now in its fifth year.

The phrase "plein air" describes art created in the open air, a process much different than producing canvases in the studio. Artists must deal with shifting angles and tones of light as well as adverse weather conditions. Visitors are invited to travel around the seven-parish area and watch artists paint en plein air.

Applications were submitted from across the United States, from California to New York and Minnesota to Florida. Thirty artists have been selected from the talented pool of applicants for this year’s competition scheduled for March 9 - 16, 2019.


Participating Artists:

Richard Abraham Suzie Baker Amy Collins
Linda Dellandre Jon Eenigenburg Claude Ellender
Fran Ellisor Jane Flanders David Gary
Susan Greaves Kim Hall Dawn Koetting
Fran Mangino Sydney McGraw Mary Monk
Debbie Myers Tim Oliver Lawrence Rudolech
Phil Sandusky Lauren Sansaricq Mary O. Smith
Richard Sneary Gregory Summers Sherri Thomas
Andrew Waller Ann Warner Chris Willey
Jeff Williams Stephen Wysocki Jordan Zoscak


All 30 artists will come to New Iberia to the Shadows Visitor Center on March 9, to have their blank canvases marked with the official Shadows Plein Air dated stamp before heading out into town and the surrounding six parishes to paint. Artists can paint as many pictures as they wish from Saturday, March 9, to Thursday, March 14, when they will submit their two best paintings to be judged by Florida based plein air artist and instructor Morgan Samuel Price.

Artists’ work painted throughout the week will be exhibited and available for sale at the Shadows Visitor Center. On Friday, March 15, competition winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a reception and fine arts sale, which are free and open to the public.

Other festivities planned during competition week are an art talk, painting demonstration, paint out, and quick draw competition.

  • Tues., March 12, Price will provide a free public program on plein air at the Hilliard University Art Museum at 2:30 p.m.
  • Wed., March 13, Price will provide a free public program on plein air painting at the Shadows Visitor Center at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thurs., March 14, Price will lead a painting demonstration at 2 p.m. in the Shadows gardens.
  • Fri., March 15, all interested artists are invited to participate in a Paint Out in the Shadows Gardens and downtown New Iberia from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. They encourage artists of all ages and skill levels to come take part in this free activity. Works produced at the Paint Out will be judged and awarded ribbons.
  • Sat., March 16, the competition will culminate with a Quick Draw competition in the morning. Competitors will have two hours to complete a painting in downtown New Iberia. Works will be judged, awarded ribbons and prizes, and available for sale off the easel. Participation in the Quick Draw is open to all artists for a fee of $10.


More Information:

Please contact the Shadows at (337) 369-6446, website or Any funds raised from this event provide funding for art education.


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