NEW IBERIA, La. – The Shadows-on-the-Teche invites artists of all ages and skill levels to the 4th annual Paint Out on Friday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 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 where Erik Koeppel, New Hampshire based plein air artist and judge for this year’s juried competition, will present awards for the Paint Out and give a talk to all participants. An exhibit of art work from the Paint Out is planned for later this summer.
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, demonstration by landscape artist Lauren Sansaricq, and a scholarship to Erik Koeppel’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.
Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition
will take place March 10 - 16, 2018. Other festivities planned during competition week are a public program and awards reception. On Wednesday, March 14, Koeppel will provide a free public program on plein air painting at the Shadows Visitor Center.
An awards reception and silent auction, the culminating event of competition week, will take place Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Competition winners will be announced and prizes awarded. Artists’ work painted throughout the week will be on exhibit and available for purchase. The reception and fine arts sale are free to attend.
About the Shadows-on-the-Teche:
The Shadows-on-the-Teche, National Trust for Historic Preservation site, 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 Shadows is a not-for-profit organization that is responsible for its own operating budget and receives no federal, state, parish, or city funding. The site supports itself through admissions, special programs and events, and donations to the Friends of the Shadows.