River Road Show

We have made it through hurricanes and floods but, the pandemic has brought us to this most unexpected and unwelcome decision. For the first time in 51 years, the Art Guild of Louisiana finds it necessary to make the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 River Road Show.
The good news is, we will be back in 2021 with Soon Warren as the judge! We deeply appreciate all the artists who supported the 2020 River Road Show in these trying times and we welcome everyone to join us for the 2021 River Road Show!




51st Annual

River Road Show

A National Juried Art Competition


August 3 – September 24, 2020
Louisiana State Archives Gallery
Baton Rouge, LA



Thursday, September 17, 5:00-7:00pm


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.

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

crowd of people at the River Road Show reception

2019 Exhibition

Last year 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)

Exhibiting Artists – Accepted Works

  • Jo-Ann Adams, LA     Bliss, Watercolor
  • Young Allen, LA     Spring Flower, Watercolor
  • Judith Baker, TX     Golden Roses, Watercolor
  • Theresa Beaubouef, LA     An Early Spring Blessing, Watercolor
  • Judi Betts, LA     Ninety Degrees, Watercolor
  • Monica Bishara, LA     Chasing the Blues Away, Watercolor
  • Cindy Brabec-King, CO     Happily Ever Laughter, Watercolor
  • Constance Bryan, LA     Just Waiting, Oil
  • Stacie Buhler, LA     Lily Pads, Watercolor
  • Cheryl Caro, LA     Intense Moment, Color Pencil;     Bitter Cold, Color Pencil;     I See It!, Color Pencil
  • Nanci Charpentier, LA     In The Bloomin’ Garden, Oil;     After The Bath (Self Portrait with Quincy), Oil
  • Carol Creel, LA     Persimmons, Watercolor
  • Yvette Creel, LA     Bamboo Slices, Watercolor
  • Kathy Daigle, LA     Winter in Louisiana, Oil
  • Larry Downs, LA     Natural Design, Acrylic
  • Kathleen Durdin, FL     MMMM Morning in Florence, Watercolor
  • Georgie Dussouy, LA     Bad GPS, Watercolor
  • Betty Efferson, LA     Lillys, Oil;     Walk Thru the Woods, Pastel
  • Emily Efferson, LA     Hot and Spicy, Watercolor
  • Janice Evans, LA     Early Morning, Firenze, Oil
  • Deana Evstefeeva, LA     Boudoir Secrets, Oil
  • Ellen Farrar, LA     Railroad Tracks, Oil
  • Anne Faust, LA     Lacassine Pool, Serigraph
  • Tiffany Foss, TN     Emerging Spring, Oil
  • Cheri Fry, LA     Festival Shopping, Watercolor
  • Nancy Garcia, VA     White Callas and Gold, Colored Pencil
  • David Gerard, LA     August Sun Flowers, Mixed Media
  • Barbara Hayes, LA     Oliver, Watercolor
  • Ken Heard, LA     Louisiana Swamp Rooster, Gouache
  • Len Heatherly, LA     Gulf Coast-Gold Coast-Biloxi, Oil
  • Tracy Hebert, LA     Beach Boys, Watercolor
  • Stephanie Holznecht, WI     Happy Thoughts, Mixed Media
  • Ron Hooper, LA     Book Bindery Melrose, Acrylic
  • Elayne Kuehler, LA     The Garden Chair, Oil
  • Jacqueline Langlinais, LA     Aliyah, Oil
  • Pio Lyons, LA     McCall Creek, Watercolor
  • Miguel Malagon, IL     Profile, Watercolor
  • Ralph Marino, LA     The Warm Up, Watercolor
  • Sydney McGraw, LA     Rare, Gouache
  • Joann Mobley, TX     Haley’s Treasures, Oil;     Christmas with Frankie, Oil
  • JR Monks, CO     Storm Front, Watercolor
  • Keith Morris, LA     Tranquility and Peace, Oil
  • Anne Parker, SC     Gold Vibe II, Acrylic
  • Carol Peebles, LA     Kellie Drawn from Life, Charcoal;     Yes in the Sky, Pastel
  • Andrea Phillips, LA     Roses, Teal and Toile, Oil
  • Scott Pogue, LA     Tangled Up in Blue, Acrylic
  • Tom Quaid, LA     Free, Oil
  • Wilma Roy, LA     Fornasetti Revisted, mm on Canvas on panel
  • Patricia Ryan, LA     Majestic Magnolias, Oil
  • Patrick Seufert, PA     Blue Steel, Oil
  • Arena Shawn, CA     Blue Turban – Portrait of Chris from Life, Oil
  • Danni Shobe, LA     Goat 1, Acrylic
  • Douglas Stafford, LA     Don’t Take My Sunshine Away, Oil
  • Suzanne Stewart, TX     Morning Beauty, Oil
  • Kathy Miller Stone, LA     New Orleans Parking, Transparent watercolor
  • Nancy Stutes, LA     Christine-Heart to Heart, Conte
  • R. Gregory Summers, KS     To Run with the Puma, Oil
  • Pat Wattam, LA     Knee Deep, Oil
  • Herb Willey, MS     Donna And Emma, Transparent Watercolor
  • Martha Yancey, LA     Catherine, Oil
  • James Yano, VA     Kahalu’u 1, Block Print
  • Shirley Young, LA     The Path Forward, Oil
  • Bing Zheng, LA     Country Fall, Acrylic