27th Annual Plaquemine Bank Art Alert Art Show winners announced

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Plaquemine Bank and Trust Company Chairman, President and CEO Stephen Panepinto, stands with judges and winners present at the 27th Annual Art Alert Art Show. From left, Stephen Panepinto, Ruth Williams, Gloria Genusa, Mary Parker, Jeanita Tortorich, Randy LaPrairie, Cassidy Blank, Judge Jody Kaiser, Trea McQuiston, Judge Janet Anderson, Crickett Willis and Jonah Doss. Front row, Colton Canella and Chloe Markins.

PLAQUEMINE - The Plaquemine Bank and Trust Company hosted the  27th annual "Art Alert" Art Show open to all natives and current residents of Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes on Thursday, April 10. 

Total entries submitted for display totaled 119, with a limit of one entry per artist in all categories except adults 18 and older.

A community-wide reception was held to in the bank lobby at 4 p.m. to recognize all participating artists.

Chairman of the Board and President and Chief Executive Officer of Plaquemine Bank Stephen Panepinto emceed the reception. 

He thanked bank employees Amanda Stanley, Tammy Folse, Amy Salvadras, Jessica Stribling, Dot Zamri and Desiree Babin who planned and organized the event and also thanked John Seneca and Trey Verret for setting up.

Panepinto also recognized Jan Herrington with Positive Results Advertising, the bank’s marketing firm. 

Next, he introduced the Art Alert art show judges Janet Anderson and Jodi Kaiser.

Anderson is a native of Baton Rouge who enjoys painting in watercolor, oil and acrylic and may be viewed online at the Louisiana Art and Artists Guild member website.

Kaiser studied Studio Art at Louisiana Tech University and finished at Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge with a Bachelors’ of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.  Her work has been shown at Mid-City Art Hops, Perkins Road Merchants District Art Events and Louisiana Public Broadcasting Art Auction. 

Randy LaPrairie’s “Teal Season” took home first place honors in the Professional category. Second place went to Joan Landry’s untitled courtyard and third place was awarded to Julie Kraft’s “End of Season.”  Honorable mention was awarded to Ruth Williams’ “Fleur De Butterfly.”

First place in the 18 years and older category was awarded to Trea McQuiston for “Beverly & Sam” a beautiful otter, while Henry Schwartz’s untitled soldier and horse earned second place. Gloria Genusa’s “Sugar Daddy” and Jeanita Tortorich’s “Still Life” received third place and honorable mention, respectively. 

In the 14-18 year-old group, first place went to Cassidy Blank for her “El Royal Viente (The Royal Pour).” Brian Jenkins’ “Retired in Plaquemine” won second place followed by Thu Nguyen’s “Lightning Bugs” and Sophie Maggio’s “Under the Bed.”

In the 10-13 age category, “Glow in the Dark,” a dove done in charcoal by Madison Cook earned first place honors. “Pink Towel” by Jonah Doss received second place followed by Shaterra Martin for “Hide and Seek,” a raccoon and Brooks Whittington’s “Sweet Tooth.”

In the under 10 category, Beaux Meadow’s “Follow the Leader” received first place honors followed by “Back Brusly Oak” by Colton Canella in second, Caleb Webre’s “Toy Blocks” and Gage Blanchard’s “Frost Top.”

“Bankers’ Choice” awards were presented for the first time ever to Mary Parker in the professional division for “Look Emmy One Day,” Cricket Willis’ “Bubbles” for 18 and older, Nguyen and Cook in the 14-18 and 10-13 categories and Chloe Markins for “Three Little Owls” in 10 and under.