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Lighthouse ArtCenter 6th Annual Plein Air Festival Features 35 Award Winning National Artists. Public Invited To Demos, Exhibit, Sale March 9 – 17

Over 130 artists from around the country vied to be a participant in the 6th Annual Plein Air Festival this year.  With only 35 positions available to be filled, the Lighthouse ArtCenter is thrilled to have the very best of the best attend the week-long event being held from March 9 – 17, 2019.  Participants compete for over $15,000 in cash and prizes. Check out the Teen Paint Out (March 9), the Kids Paint Out (March 9), Quick Draw Paint Out (March 10), Paint Out with Juried Artists (March 11- 15), Demos (March 11-15), Wet Paintings on Display and For Sale ( March 11- 14), Meet & Greet the Artists (March 13), VIP Collectors Cocktail Party and Sale (March 15), Display Of Artwork (March 16), Final chance to see and purchase paintings (March 16).  The Rickie Report shares the details of these events and some photos from last year’s event.  Some events require registration!





Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101

Gallery Hours:    M-F 10 am – 4 pm      Sat 10 am – 2 pm





Lighthouse ArtCenter

6th Annual Plein Air Festival

Features 35 Award-winning National Artists



Kathleen Denis Demo on the Beach 2018  Photo courtesy of Craig Houdeshell




The Lighthouse ArtCenter is thrilled to have the very best of the best that will attend the week-long event being held from March 9 – 17, 2019. Participants compete for over $15,000 in cash and prizes.  The Festival incorporates five days of outdoor painting in various locations throughout Palm Beach and Martin Counties, during which locals, visitors and art collectors can watch and interact with these world-renowned national artists, view the art at the gallery or online through the ArtCenter’s website and have the opportunity to purchase these original wet paintings.




The 2018 Grand Prize winner Jeff Markowsky will be the judge for this year’s event. Each artist selects their best two paintings for the judging, which are not available for sale until after the judging is complete. The award ceremony takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. the VIP Collectors Party begins. The guests at the party will have the first chance to purchase the award-winning works, as well as all of the works selected for judging. 




“Painting “en plein air” is simply painting outdoors,” said Jennifer Chaparro, Director of Communications of the ArtCenter. “The wet paintings are created from what the artist is looking at, and the paintings resonate with people because it reminds them of their favorite spots. It’s a snapshot of our area and a visual record of the history of this region.”










Kids Paint Out Day 2018 with Jane O’Neill




Saturday, March 9 Teen Paint Out 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art, Tequesta, Florida. Free for teens, registration is required. This is an incredible opportunity for young students to have a one-on-one learning experience with Master Plein Air painters Jeff Markowsky and Ralph Papa. Limited to 20 students.



Saturday, March 9 Kids’ Paint Out** Constitution Park, Tequesta, Florida. 1:00 – 3:00 pm, free for kids ages 5-13. Registration required. 



Sunday, March 10 Quick Draw Paint Out** 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Flagler Park, Stuart, Florida. The public is invited to participate in the Quick Draw Paint Out alongside our juried artists. This is a judged event with the first place winner receiving $500 in cash and their artwork featured on Plein Air Magazine – a total value of $750.  Jeff Markowsky will be the judge for the Quick Draw Paint Out.

  • Registration is required for artists ($30 for ArtCenter members, $40 for nonmembers).  Register at, by phone at 561-746-3101 or register the morning of the event.
  • Painting from 9 a.m.- 11a.m. 
  • Award ceremony at noon
  • Sales of paintings from 12 noon to 2 p.m. 


Nancy Tankersley Demo 2018.   Photo Courtesy of Craig Houdeshell




Monday to Friday, March 11-15 Festival Paint Out with Juried Artists** Multiple Locations throughout Martin and Palm Beach County.



Demos by artists on site each day, Monday – Thursday** 

Monday: Riverbend Park, Jupiter – Jeff Markowsky, 4-6 p.m. 

Tuesday: Coral Cove Park, Tequesta – Jane Hunt, 10 a.m.-12.noon 

Wednesday: Port Salerno Marina, Craig Reynolds, 4-6 p.m. 

Thursday: Sailfish Marina, Riviera Beach, Michele Byrne, 4-6 p.m. 

Check website for locations and times



Wet Paintings on display and for sale at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery**:
Monday – Tuesday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 7:30 pm 


Selling Art , 2018. Photo Courtesy of Jenn Huttula




Wednesday, March 13 Artist Meet & Greet**Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 5:30 – 7:30pm. Free to the public, paintings for sale and light refreshments. 

Friday, March 15 VIP Collectors Party & Sale Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 5 – 9 p.m. 

VIP guests will have the first look and chance to purchase the award-winning paintings. Enjoy mingling with the artists, refreshments from local restaurants and a wine bar.

  • VIP tickets are $125 per person (5 – 9 p.m.), and can be applied toward a purchase of one painting during the party.
  • General admission tickets are $25 per person (6:30 – 9 p.m.), and can be applied toward a purchase of one painting during the party.


Manon Sander Painting 2018  Photo Courtesy of Craig Houdeshell


Saturday, March 16 Wet Paintings on display and for sale**Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 



Saturday, March 16 Battle of the Brushes 1 – 3 p.m. Three of the juried artists will go brush to brush painting from the same photo. The results are fascinating and the paintings will be for sale.



Sunday, March 17 Wet Paintings on display and for sale** Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Last chance to view and purchase the Plein Air paintings!

** Open to the public

For all of the details and more information about the artists go to or call 561-746-3101.

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c(3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton, son of the founders of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. In the last 55 years it has grown to include a gallery, school of art, gift shop, and art supply store. Supported by memberships, sponsors, and grants the ArtCenter now serves over 20,000 guests, 2,500 students, 45 faculty members, 500 summer ArtCampers and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit underserved and disabled residents in the community.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Florida  33469 (561) 746-3201. Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store, 395 Seabrook Road, Tequesta, Florida 33469 (561)748-8737.  Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.







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