Plein Air art contests, demo set to benefit Shadows-on-the-Teche _lowres

Advocate file photo --Thirty artists have been chosen for the inaugural Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition from Saturday, April 11, through Saturday, April 18.

Thirty artists have been selected for the inaugural Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition, scheduled from April 11-18 at the Shadows-on-the-Teche Visitors Center.

The list includes artists from across the state, one from Minnesota and one from Ukraine (though living in New Orleans): Richard Abraham, Hilari Baranco, Ben Bensen, Denise Broussard, Chuck Broussard, Susan Clark, Ronnie Collins, Ronald Cutrera, Tony Cutrera, Darnelle Delcambre, Claude Ellender, Oksana Fogg, Bob Graham, Carol Hallock, Peggy Hesse, Ken Hopel, Kay Jeansonne, Harold Letz, Joyce Linde, Kaori Maeyama, Margaret Melancon, Renee Mitchell, Mary Monk, Louis Morales, Rock Perkins, Maria Randolph, Ann Sutton, Garth Swanson, Peg Usner and Gwen Voorhies.

Artists will meet at the Shadows Visitor Center on April 11 to have their blank canvases marked with the official Shadows Plein Air dated stamp before heading out into the town and surrounding area to paint. There is no limit on the number of works they can produce between April 11-16, when they will submit their two best to be judged by New Orleans-based plein air artist and instructor Phil Sandusky.

The works submitted for judging will be exhibited at Clementine Restaurant in New Iberia for the gala/auction on April 18, where competition winners will be announced and prizes awarded. These paintings will be sold by live and silent auction with Scott Angelle serving as guest auctioneer.

Tickets for the Plein Air Gala/Auction are $50 per person and are available at the Shadows Visitor Center.

On April 16, Sandusky will provide a public plein air painting demonstration. On April 17, interested artists of all ages can participate in a Paint Out in the Shadows Gardens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Works will be judged and awarded ribbons and be put on display at the Shadows Visitor Center.

Proceeds will benefit art classes at the Shadows-on-the-Teche in memory of its late owner, Louisiana artist Weeks Hall.

For information, call (337) 369-6446 or email