River Road Show

51st Annual

River Road Show

A National Juried Art Competition


August 3 – September 30, 2021
Louisiana State Archives Gallery
Baton Rouge, LA

Awards Ceremony



Entry Deadline

Thursday, May 13, 2021

front view of Louisiana State Archives building

exhibited at the
Louisiana State Archives Gallery
3851 Essen Lane Baton Rouge, LA
Open Mon – Fri, 8 am – 4:30 pm
Gallery is free and open to the public

Juror of Selection & Awards
Soon Y Warren, NWS, AWS

Soon Y. Warren is a full-time artist and teacher. She has an Associate degree in commercial art from Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia.

Soon Y. is a signature member of; National Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Southern Watercolor Artist, Texas Watercolor Society, Purple Sage Brush, Honor Society of Watercolor USA, Rocky Mountain Watermedia and Society of Watercolor Artists, and she has received many awards for her work.

Soon has authored two watercolor painting technique books; “Vibrant Flowers in Watercolor” and “Painting Vibrant Watercolor: Discover the Magic of Light, Color and Contrast”. She has also produced several instructional videos and has been featured in articles in Artist’s Magazine, Strokes of Genius, Watercolor Artist magazine, and several of the Splash book series.

Soon conducts workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada.

To view Soon’s work, visit her website at www.soonwarren.com.

2019 Exhibition

In the last exhibition, 121 artists entered 337 works of art in the 50th Annual National River Road Show. Twenty-nine of these artists are from outside the state of Louisiana. The juror, William Schneider, selected 70 paintings, produced by 64 artists from 13 states, that were exhibited in the show at the Louisiana State Archives Gallery in Baton Rouge August 3 – September 19, 2019. Schneider also judged the show and awarded prizes to 11 artists.



Keith Morris (Baton Rouge, LA)

Tranquility and Peace (Oil)

Judge’s comment: “Best of Show. Completely reads of atmosphere in the receding landscape woods. Values on the trees that are the center of interest don’t get too dark. Looks like it was started from life as a plein air study.”

painting by Keith Morris titled Tranquility and Peace

Judi Betts (Baton Rouge, LA)

Ninety Degrees (Watercolor)

Judge’s comment: “The painting shows the heat. The color choices in the shadows give a sense of a warm haze modifying the light. (If she showed the typical warm light/cool shadows palette, it would have destroyed the effect.) Just enough detail.”

painting by Judi Betts titled Ninety Degrees

Carol Peebles (New Orleans, LA)

Kellie Drawn From Life (Charcoal)

Judge’s comment: “Excellent drawing. Good value control throughout, including the background. Good sense of texture and variety of edges.”

painting by Carol Peebles titled Kellie Drawn From Life

  • Sydney McGraw (Baton Rouge, LA) , Rare (Gouache)
  • Emily Efferson (Baton Rouge, LA) , Hot and Spicy (Watercolor)
  • Cheryl Caro (Geismar, LA) , Intense Moment (Colored Pencil)
  • Cheri Fry (Denham Springs, LA) , Festival Shopping (Watercolor)


  • Betty Efferson (Baton Rouge, LA) , Walk Through the Woods (Pastel)
  • Anne Faust (Baton Rouge, LA) , Lacassine Pool (Serigraph)
  • Jo Ann Adams (New Orleans, LA) , Bliss (Watercolor)
  • Jacqueline Langlinais (Abbeville, LA) , Aliyah (Oil)