Cynthia Trone is a familiar face at the Lighthouse ArtCenter and the surrounding region. She is well known for her creative environmental activism. The Rickie Report met with Cynthia, the new Director of the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s School of Art. Here, she talks about how she transitioned from paddle boards to easels and about her goals for the School of Art.
Lighthouse ArtCenter Names
Director for School of Art
The Lighthouse ArtCenter has named Cynthia Trone director of its School of Art. “New leadership means new opportunities to grow,” said Katie Deits, Executive Director of the Tequesta museum and art school, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. Cynthia joined the staff of the Lighthouse ArtCenter in April, 2013, as Executive Assistant to Katie Deits.
TRR: Please tell us about your background
I graduated from Colby College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. I’m a Jersey girl who was raised with Manhattan in her backyard. Then I spent my 20′s and early 30′s on the coast of Maine. I raised my three children in Burlington, Vt., and moved to Tequesta in 2005. I am an artist who loves photography and writing.
TRR: Your previous experiences with environmental activism include creating platforms as educational elements for all ages.
I managed Jupiter Outdoor Center and Jupiter Pointe Paddling for six years and taught thousands of people the simple pleasure of “the glide”. Before paddle boarding became popular, I was helping lead ecotours and teaching children and adults yoga on paddle boards!
I am the Operations Director of Mother Ocean and volunteer Project Lead for Expedition Florida 500, a statewide conservation effort. I grew up inspired by the sea, have a deep love of the outdoors and feel community is important. The Mother Ocean project has been a great opportunity to bring non-profits and communities together on a State level. It is exciting to be part of this movement, as Justin Riney brings awareness of the importance of our waterways to all parts of Florida!
TRR: How does that translate to the arts?
It was thrilling to be part of the recent Arts & Conservation Summit held in Vero Beach, FL this past January. What a phenomenal opportunity to show how using the arts to express and embrace nature, we can protect what we love! This is a collaboration to make the world a better place and to teach future generations!
TRR: Which brings us to your role at the Lighthouse ArtCenter
Lighthouse ArtCenter is a place that is nurturing…a safe place to try new things…to breath in the creative air and to connect with the community. The School of Art offers eight-week sessions as well as one, two, or three-day workshops. They are the perfect occasion to try a new medium without making an 8 week commitment.
The School encompasses classes and workshops for young children, teens and adults. There are day and evening offerings, where you can explore painting with acrylic, oil or watercolor. You can learn new photography techniques or create decorative/functional items with fused glass. Learn how to create your own jewelry pieces or gain skills in the newest trend such a encaustic painting ( using wax and collage techniques). We have the largest kiln facility in the area, with 10 pottery wheels and 6 kilns, so ceramics is a big interest here.
Katie Diets shares, “ Over the past year, Ms. Trone has proven her leadership abilities, first as executive assistant and now as director of the school. She also will oversee the ArtCenter’s summer camp programs. Ms. Trone is responsible for management of the Center’s marketing, community outreach, as well as donor development, grants management and fundraising.It’s something that comes naturally for her. We look forward to Cynthia guiding some of our relationships with other local organizations by integrating environmental themes in the art projects our students create.”
TRR: You have an exceptional faculty. How does an artist approach LAC to be included?
I celebrate our faculty as well as our supportive Board. Our goal is to forge connections between the community, our exhibits, receptions and classes. Interested artists should email me and send an overview of jpegs of their work. We are always recruiting. Include your: medium, availability (day, evening, weekend), length of lessons ( 8 week class or 1,2,3 day workshop), preferred ages of students (young children, youth, adult), a brief resume and some references.
Our new Session begins April 28 for 6 weeks, followed by a 10 week Summer Session starting June 9th. There are limited classes during the day in the summer due to summer camp activities from 9 am – 3 pm, but we still have evening and weekend sessions. We’re already planning our Early Fall Session which begins September 8th.
“I invite everyone to stop by the School of Art, see what we do, then enroll in a class,” Ms. Trone said. The School of Art is around the corner from the museum, at 95 Seabrook Road, Tequesta. Call (561) 748-8737
The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides visual and performing arts for the community through unique collections, engaging exhibitions and cultural programs, a dynamic School of Art and diverse outreach activities. Programs are funded in part by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners.
For information on the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, School of Art, exhibitions, programs and events, visit LighthouseArts.org or call (561) 746-3101. The Lighthouse ArtCenter is at Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Fla., one-half mile west of U.S. Highway 1. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 Monday through Friday. Admission is free on Saturday. Closed Sunday.
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