“Arrived: Florida Artists Emerged” Opens At Lighthouse ArtCenter Includes Five Internationally Acclaimed Artists Who Call Florida Their Home

Lighthouse Art Center‘s once in a lifetime exhibition, “Arrived: Florida Artists Emerged” features the original artwork of five Florida artists of international acclaim who bring awareness to the cultural, historic and environmental issues we all share.  The Public is invited to the Exhibit Reception on Thursday, February 15 to meet the artists.   The Exhibit is available January 25 – February 24th. Their combined accolades include installations at both the North and South Poles, and in the hands of people on all seven continents. There has never been a more diverse nor more passionate group of multi-media artists shown together in Florida. Most of these collectible works will be available for purchase. The artists include Xavier Cortada, Mary GrandPre, Sarah Crooks, Margaret Ross Tolbertand Cheryl Maeder.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. 


Lighthouse ArtCenter
373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469
www.LighthouseArts.org    (561) 746-3101










Exhibition Reception:


February 15, 2018


5:30 – 7:30 pm


No charge for members, nonmembers $10

General Admission:
Monday – Friday 10 – 4   Saturday 10 – 2

First Saturday of the month is free and open to the public

No charge for members, nonmembers $5


Detail of artwork by Xavier Cortada


Xavier Cortada (Miami, Florida): Thought provoking and powerful, Cortada’s bold and brilliant use of color emphasizes climate change, extinctions, and his participatory art projects have involved citizens all over the world.


Sarah Crooks Detail of Artwork


Sarah Crooks (Jacksonville, Florida): As an eco-feminist, Sarah Crooks creates multi-disciplinary installations that blend environmental science with expressive art.


Detail of “From here” by Mary GrandPre


Mary GrandPre (Sarasota, Florida): Illustrator of the American editions of the Hary Potter Novels, GrandPre’s fine art features the intuitive application of texture and color that balance abstraction and realism to create a new world, one that suggests the familiar, but leaves the door open.


“Judith Submerged” by Cheryl Maeder


Cheryl Maeder (West Palm Beach, Florida): Maeder’s fusion of unexpected perspectives and vivid colors create a dreamy tranquility in and around the water. The ethereal hazes in her exotic work leaves the viewer with a gentle lasting sense of wonder.


Detail of artwork by Margarett Ross Tolbert



Margaret Ross Tolbert (Gainesville, Florida): The sensuous experience of Florida’s freshwater springs is translated through Margaret Tolbert and the large scale paintings she uses a mop to create. Her work quickens the imagination and inspires stewardship for these sparkling gems that are disappearing as a result of population growth.







The Lighthouse ArtCenter is a 501c(3), that was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. In the last 53 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 outreach to underserved and disabled residents in the community.

Lighthouse ArtCenter
373 Tequesta Drive  Tequesta, Florida 33469



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Armory Art Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Public Reception

The public is invited to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Armory Art Center on Monday, November 21st!  Join in a cocktail party atmosphere with a short program, a special Arts Festival poster unveiling, and champagne toast. This is a Free Open to the public event.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some historic photos. The Armory Art Center is one of the jewels in the cultural crown of Palm Beach County – let’s celebrate! 





1700 Parker Avenue   West Palm Beach, FL 33401





30th Anniversary of the Armory Art Center Celebration

Monday, November 21, 2016

6:00-8:00 pm

East Gallery  

Free and Open To The Public






Armory Art Deco Building circa 1987




About the Armory:

Housed in a historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 20 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries.



Our Mission and Vision:

The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be the leading visual arts education and exhibition center of the Palm Beaches


Our History:

When the Norton Museum closed its art school in 1986, a dedicated group of artists, art teachers, and community activists formed the Armory Art Center to ensure the continuation of practical art instruction in Palm Beach County. In seeking a new home for the art school, they looked to the neglected Armory building constructed in 1939 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in an Art Deco style and designed by William Manley King. The building was a National Guard Armory from 1939 to 1982. By the late 1980s, after a period of multiple community uses including high school dances, the building was scheduled for demolition when the art activists and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council came together to convince the City of West Palm Beach to spare the building from demolition and allow it to be transformed into an art center.



The Armory Art Center was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization on November 21, 1986, after the art group renovated the abandoned Art Deco structure into a vibrant space for art classes and art exhibitions. The center opened its doors to the public in July 1987 as a result of generous contributions from its many supporters, most notably Robert and Mary Montgomery and the Historic Preservation and Cultural Facilities Grants of the State of Florida. In 1992 the Armory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Over the past three decades the Armory has taught art classes to thousands of emerging artists of all ages and cultures, exhibited art in hundreds of shows, given workshops taught by national and international visiting master artists, provided summer art camp for thousands of young people, and given over 47 artists-in-residence from around the United States and abroad the opportunity to hone their craft while teaching classes. The Armory looks to a long future of enhancing artistic life in the Palm Beaches.




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