NEW IBERIA, La. - The Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Painting Competition is kicking off this year’s event with a Quick Draw on Sat., March 13 at 3 p.m. in downtown New Iberia.
Together, artists and spectators will be immersed in the creative process as artists race against the clock to complete a painting en plein air in only two hours. Smell the wet paint and watch the paintings come to life right before your eyes!
Prizes will be awarded, and all artwork will be available for sale off the easel. The competition is open to artists high school age and older. Artists wishing to participate must register and pay a $10 entry fee. Registration forms can be picked up at the Shadows Visitor Center (320 E. Main St.) or downloaded online here.
Plein Air Schedule:
The Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Painting Competition will take place March 13-19, 2021. 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, paint out, awards reception and fine art sale, and quick draw competition. All activities and events are free to attend and participate unless otherwise noted.
Sat., March 13 at 3 p.m.: Quick Draw competition in downtown New Iberia where artists will have two hours to complete a painting.
Tues., March 16 at 1 p.m.: Kenn Backhaus will lead a Plein Air Painting Demonstration at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.
Wed., March 17 at 7:30 p.m.: Kenn Backhaus will lead a Plein Air Painting Talk at the Shadows Visitor Center.
Thurs., March 18 at 2 p.m.: Kenn Backhaus will lead a Plein Air Painting Demonstration near the Shadows in downtown New Iberia.
Fri., March 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in a Paint Out in Downtown New Iberia. Works produced at the Paint Out will be judged, awarded ribbons, and available for sale. Free to participate, but registration is required.
Fri., March 19 at 6:30 p.m.: Shadows Plein Air culminates in an Awards Ceremony & Fine Art Sale at the Shadows Visitor Center. Awards announced at 7 p.m. All paintings completed during the week will be available for sale throughout the week at the Shadows Visitor Center and online.