Art show judges announced

Plaquemine Bank and Trust Company will host the 32nd consecutive Annual Art Alert Art Show on Wednesday, April 3 and has issued its "Calling for Artists."

The Art Alert Art Show is open to all natives and residents of Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes. The art show is open to children under 10 years of age, children 10-13 years of age, young adults 14-18 years of age, and adults over 18 (including both professional and non-professional artists). Each artist in the adult category may enter a maximum of two pieces which have not been previously entered in this contest, in any two dimensional format.

Artists under 18 years of age may enter one piece which has not been previously entered in this contest. First, second, and third-place prizes of $100, $50, and $30 dollars, respectively will be awarded in each category. Those receiving honorable mentions will be awarded $15 dollars. A "Bankers Choice" category will also earn $15-dollar prizes.

"It never ceases to amaze me the amount of talent we have in Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes," Stephen Panepinto, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Plaquemine Bank said. "Each year our employees and I look forward to seeing the work our area artists will enter. For the thirty-second consecutive year, we are proud to continue this tradition which appreciates the arts and recognizes the talent in our area. And we are pleased to announce that our show judges will be Randell Harris and Carol Creel."

Art entries may be delivered to Plaquemine Bank from March 18-April 2. Plaquemine Bank will host a reception in the lobby to recognize all participating artists. This reception will be open to the public, and the celebration will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3.

Show judge Randell Henry decided to pursue art and become a painter while in the sixth grade. He earned his B.A. in Fine Arts from Southern University in 1976 and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from LSU in 1982. Today, Henry is Associate Professor of Art and Curator of the Southern University Visual Arts Gallery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Henry was recognized in November 2009 by Peter Falk, one of the country's leading experts on American Art after Falk discovered his collages at a Connecticut art dealer where he acquired twelve of the works and showed them in an exhibition at Summer House Art Gallery in downtown, Madison, Connecticut.

Works by Henry have been shown in exhibitions in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Chicago, Houston, Miami, SCOPE in New York City, Dallas, Art Copenhagen in Denmark, The Makeshift Museum in Los Angeles, Ghana, and Liberia. In May, 2015 a large painting by Henry was included in the exhibition, "60 Americans" at Elga Wimmer Gallery on West 26th Street in New York City. Lead New York Times Art Critic Roberta Smith chose it as her favorite work in the show.

Next, Henry made a collage for the exhibition, "Inspired" that was held in 2016 at Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans. This exhibition highlights well known artists across the U.S. who were inspired by famous masters of African American Art, with works shown side by side in the gallery. He also created a collage for the 2018 Tricentennial Exhibition at the gallery in an exhibition that celebrated the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans.

The African American Museum of Dallas held a 30-year retrospective of works by Henry in a nearly-one-year exhibition that closed in March, 2018. With decades of accomplishments and accolades, Henry’s 2019 exhibitions include:

---Randell Henry/Romare Bearden---Southern University Museum of Art---February 8 April 30, 2019.

---Synergy---One Person Exhibition---Nicholls State University---February 11---March 1, 2019.

Henry has once before served as a judge for this Art Alert art show and in February, 2018 provided a one-person exhibition for the Iberville Parish Library during Black History Month.

Moving on, Carol Creel is an artist, a photographer, and a teacher. The New Orleans native began painting watercolors in 1980 and later broadened her horizons to oil. Her skills have been cultivated through academic training, natural talent, and ingenuity. She attended the University of New Orleans, Louisiana State University, and Baton Rouge Academy of Fine Arts.

Her education led her to an interest in photography, which plays a major role in Carol's creativity. She takes many photographs of her subjects to capture the right setting, light, and mood for her paintings. Just as the camera freezes a moment in time, so do her colorful works of animals, flowers, and people.

Carol's work also brought her to teaching, and she instructs watercolor technique to beginner and advanced students. She also conducts workshops on many facets of painting.

Carol's work has been exhibited across the United States and Europe. She is a member of the Baton Rouge Art League, the New Orleans Art Association, the Louisiana Watercolor Society and, most recently, the International Guild of Realism. You can see her work by appointment at her studio and through Amsterdam Whitney gallery in New York. Locally, her work can be seen at Acadian Gallery on Drusilla Lane in Baton Rouge, La. and Le Boulevard Marketplace on Veterans Boulevard, in Metairie, La.

Plaquemine Bank and Trust Company is a full-service community bank established in 1968. For additional information, please visit www.plaqbank.com.

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