NEW IBERIA, La. --- The Shadows-on-the-Teche invites artists of all ages and skill levels to the 5th annual Paint Out to be held on Fri., March 15 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Participants will be able to paint in the gardens of the Shadows and along downtown Main Street. Starting at 1 p.m., artists will bring their artwork to the Sliman Theatre (129 E. Main St., New Iberia) where Morgan Samuel Price, Florida based plein air artist and judge for this year’s juried competition, will present awards for the Paint Out.
The annual Paint Out is attended by not only local artists, but also high school art students. For these students, the Paint Out is an opportunity to learn more about painting en plein air and observe experienced plein air artists at work.
This year, with generous support from the James Devin Moncus Family Foundation, the Shadows will be able to provide art supplies, transportation, and supplies to participate in Morgan Samuel Price’s Plein Air Workshop. Funding from the Moncus Family Foundation will allow the Shadows to provide more students with the chance to learn about painting in the open air, thus fulfilling the site’s core mission of education.
Participation in the Paint Out is free, but registration is required. All participants are to check-in at the Shadows Visitor Center (317 E. Main St., New Iberia) prior to painting in order to complete a registration form and have their canvas stamped with the official Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air stamp.
2019 Plein Air Competition:
The Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Painting Competition will take place March 9 - 16. Visitors are invited to travel around the seven-parish area and watch artists paint en plein air. Other festivities planned during competition week are an art talk, painting demonstration, awards reception and fine art sale, and quick draw competition.
- 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. near the Shadows.
- Fri., March 15, award winners will be announced, and all artwork completed over the week will be available for sale.
- 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.
About the Shadows-on-the-Teche:
The Shadows-on-the-Teche, a site of the
National Trust for Historic Preservation
, opened to the public in 1961 with the mission to preserve the buildings, landscape, collections, and historical integrity of the site; to research and interpret through education programs a 19th century southern Louisiana plantation economy and community and their evolution; and to encourage an appreciation of and interest in historic preservation. The National Trust, which owns and operates the Shadows, is a private, non-profit organization. The Shadows does not receive funding from federal, state, parish, or city government. The site supports itself through admissions, special programs and events, and donations to the Friends of the Shadows. For more information, visit