Plaquemine Bank announces 29th annual Art Alert winners

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All who were selected for awards at the 29th Annual Art Alert Art Show hosted by Plaquemine Bank and Trust Company, and who were present at the reception posed with Stephen Panepinto. Also included were jurors Jane Flowers and Judi Betts, along with the International Acadian Festival Queen “Miss Evangeline” Cori Elizabeth Granier and Miss Iberville, the Sugar Cane Queen, McKenzie LeBlanc from White Castle.

Plaquemine Bank hosted the 29th annual "Art Alert" Art Show on Wednesday, April 20 which was open to all natives and current residents of Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes.  

Total entries submitted for display this year totaled 120, with a limit of one entry per artist in all categories, except adults 18 and up and professionals who were allowed two entries each. 

At 4 p.m. in the Plaquemine Bank lobby, a community-wide reception was held to recognize all participating artists.  Stephen Panepinto, Chairman, President and CEO of Plaquemine Bank, hosted the reception and introduced the Art Alert art show jurors, Jane Flowers and Judi Betts.  

Flowers paints in oil at Studio 9170 in Baton Rouge and most recently received first place in the National River Road Show held in December 2015 and was selected by Tosca Arts Magazine as 2015 Louisiana Artist of the Year.  For more information visit her website at

Betts has attained an international reputation for her transparent watercolor

paintings and has won many awards throughout her career.  After 25 years of full

membership, Betts was invited to do a demonstration in New York for their exhibit.  

As the judges explained their selections, they displayed prize ribbons on each piece

Those who earned ribbons, also earned cash prizes.

Entry categories included: 10 and under, 10-13 years old, young adults 14-18 years old, non-professional ages 18 and up, and professional. 

Toni Carlin took home first place honors in the Children Under 10 category with her work entitled “The Last Dance on the Titanic.”  Second place went to Beaux Meadows’ “Louisiana Target” and third place was awarded to Ainsley Pleasant’s “My Wish.”  Honorable mention was awarded to Claire Bergeron for her piece named “Getting My Feet Wet.”

First place in the Children 10 – 13 Years category was awarded to Morgan LeBlanc for  “Sugar Free”, while Tresvin Patin’s untitled alligator and Caleb Weber’s “Two Seats” received second and third places, respectively.   Honorable mention was awarded to Alexandra Delapotilla’s “Surrounded by Color.”

In the Young Adults 14 to 18 Years of Age Category, first place went to Daryana Fernandez’s “Silent Hunter.”  Thu Nguyen’s “An Evening Ring” won second place.  The third place winner was Shaterra Martin’s “Lost & Found.”  Reagan Pusch’s “Paths in Space” abstract  earned honorable mention.

Steve Martin’s “Ghostmill – The Road to Catherine” took home first place honors in the Non-Professional Adults 18+ category.  Second place went to Gloria Genusa’s “Waiting for Bunny” and third place was awarded to Kynlie Fremin for her “The Forgotten Friend.”  Honorable mention was awarded to Nicole Johnson’s “Hidden Beauty.”

In the Professional category, Douglas Stafford’s “October Moon” received first place honors.  Second place was awarded to “Color of the Fall” by Bing Zheng and third place honors were awarded to Randy LaPrarie’s “Red Hunter” done in Crayola crayon.  “A New Beginning” by Richard Walls III received Honorable Mention. 

Bank employees selected “Bankers Choice Awards” with one prize per category.  Hunter Babin received the Bankers Choice Award for his colorful zebra piece entitled, “Sunset on the Savannah” in the Children Under 10 Years category.  For Children 10 – 13 Years, bankers selected Ashton Devillier’s “Heisenberg” portrait.  Bankers Choice for Young Adults 14 – 18 Years was awarded to Jantzen Fremin’s “Maine Summer” while Nicole Johnson’s “Hidden Beauty” won Bankers Choice for the non-professional adult category.  In the professional division, Bing Zheng’s “Color of the Fall” earned the Bankers Choice award.