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NEW IBERIA, La. – The eighth annual Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Painting Competition held its Awards Ceremony and Fine Art Sale on Friday, March 18 at the Shadows Visitor Center.
Judge Mark Boedges presented the awards for this year’s winners:
Best of Show: Marc Anderson of Wauwatosa, Wis., for “Romulus & Remus”
2nd Place: Jeanette Herron of Niceville, Fla., for “Best Breakfast in Town”
3rd Place: Mary Monk of Abita Springs, La., for “That’s My Cows”
4th Place: Jeff Williams of Stillwater, Okla., for “Sundown Crawfish Pond”
Honorable Mention: Richard Sneary of Kansas City, Mo., for “Trees, Calfs, Oak”
Best Nocturnal: Crista Pisano of Nyack, N.Y., for “New Iberia Night”
Best Architectural: Tom Brown of Fairview, Texas, for “Curious George”
Best Use Water: Farley Lewis of Springfield, Mo., for “Bayou Down”
La Petite Peinture (The Little Painting): Mary O. Smith of Steinhatchee, Fla., for “Coquiel”
1st Place Paint Out—Juried Artist: Farley Lewis of Springfield, Mo., for “Red Awning”
1st Place Paint Out—General Public: Marjorie Shanks of Effie, La., for “French St. Corner”
2nd Place Paint Out—General Public: Kathy Hammond of Friendswood, Texas, for “Gulf Station”
1st Place Quick Draw-Juried Artist: Richie Vios of Austin, Texas, for “The Shadows”
2nd Place Quick Draw-Juried Artist: Spencer Meagher of Mount Vernon, Ill., for “Mossy Oak”
1st Place Quick Draw—General Public: Stacey Rhoades of Baton Rouge, La., for “’41 Caddy”
The Artist Choice Award was presented to Marc Anderson of Wauwatosa, Wis., for “50 Shades of Gray.” Artists participating in this year’s competition submitted votes for their selection of best painting.
New Iberia Mayor Freddie DeCourt presented the Mayor’s Award to Jeff Williams of Stillwater, Okla., for “Bridge Street Bridge.” The Mayor’s Award, sponsored by Wyatt and Becky Collins, celebrates the beauty, culture, and history of the city of New Iberia. Williams’ painting will hang in New Iberia’s City Hall in perpetuity.
Wendell Verrett, director of the Twin Parish Port District, presented the award for Best Delcambre Painting to Richie Vios of Austin, Texas, for “Bringing the Haul.” Vios’ painting was completed during the Paint Delcambre day, held Sunday, March 13, where the Delcambre Seafood & Farmers Market welcomed competing artists to a day of beautiful weather, painting, food, and music. For his award, Vios will be receiving local seafood shipped directly to his front door.
Cindy Herring, representing the Kiwanis Club of New Iberia, presented the Preserving History Award to Vios for “Mt. Carmel Academy.” The Preserving History Award, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of New Iberia, is meant to showcase a building or landscape that is integral to the city of New Iberia’s history.
Rep. Beau Beaullieu presented the Louisiana Natural Beauty award to Antwan Ramar of Orlando, Fla., for “Silver Bend.” Rep. Beaullieu sponsored the award which is meant to highlight Louisiana’s unique landscape.
The Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition would like to thank the supporters and sponsors who helped make this year’s event possible:
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, Plein Air Magazine, Wyatt and Becky Collins, Community First Bank, Barnel’s—The Art & Framing Gallery, Delcambre Seafood and Farmers Market, Hilliard Art Museum, Kiwanis Club of New Iberia, Rep. Beau Beaullieu, Blick Art Materials, Holbein Artist Materials, Wind River Arts, Rep. Blake Miguez, and Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.
The festival’s organizers expressed gratitude to:
Wendell Verrett and the Delcambre Seafood and Farmers Market, Kenny LeJeune & Community First Bank, Elizabeth Terrell, Becky and Wyatt Collins, Cathy Indest, Penny and Gordie White, Suzy Shea Kimball, Simone Guillory, Jady Regard and Cane River Pecan Company, Pelicans on the Bayou, and Raising Cane’s for providing food and hospitality for the artists;
Olivia Morgan and Susie Gottardi with the Hilliard Art Museum for hosting a public painting demo by Mark Boedges, this year’s judge;
Troy Hebert of Latter & Blum and Ted Viator of Viator & Associates for supplying a tent, linens and flowers;
Patsy Douglas and Taylor Trache with News 15, Taylor Toole with KATC, Sarah Culpepper with KLFY, Marti Harrell with Positively Iberia, Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, Patrice Doucet, and Jeff Boggs for assisting with promotion;
Avery Island Inc. and Rip Van Winkle Gardens for waiving entry fees for the artists;
Barbara Landry with Barnel’s—The Art & Framing Gallery for sponsoring admission to Acadian Village for the artists;
Cane River Pecan Company, Cindy Herring Real Estate, Community First Bank, Haik Minvielle & Grubbs LLP, McIlhenny Company, Musson Patout Automotive, Raising Cane’s, and The Daily Iberian for providing door prizes;
Blanchard’s Barbeque, Blick Art Materials, Cane River Pecan Company, David Art Center, Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, Konriko, and TABASCO for donating items for the artists’ ditty bags;
Mickey Delcambre for photographing the event and Cindy Herring for acquiring door prizes and donations for artist cash awards;
Beanie Bonin, Dan and Kathy Chassee, Edwin Duhe, Bridget Fleming, Jerri LeClair and Larry Hensgens, Simone Guillory, Cindy Herring, Charles Oubre, Peter Patout, Patti Reed, Jady Regard, Carrie Templeton, Elizabeth Terrell, Jerome and Michael Weber, and Liz White for opening their homes to the artists throughout the week;
Adrienne Maze and Hampton Inn for assisting with additional housing.
Any funds raised from this event provide funding for art education.
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