For Immediate Release
Brittany Racca
(337) 365-1540
(888) 942-3742
Plein Air Awards Reception and Fine Art Sale
Plein Air
NEW IBERIA, La. --- The Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Painting Competition will host its 5th annual Awards Reception and Fine Art Sale on Fri., March 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Shadows Visitor Center (320 E. Main St.).

Judge Morgan Samuel Price, Florida based plein air artist and instructor, will announce this year’s winners and award over $6,500 in cash and prizes. All work painted throughout the week by 30 artists from around the country will be exhibited and available for purchase. Light refreshments will be provided. The reception and sale are free to attend.

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.

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, 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 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.

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

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

The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center in New Iberia, Louisiana.
For more information on parish events and tourism assets, call the bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit