Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Jason Newsted Brings His Art And Music To Benefit Lighthouse ArtCenter School Of Art. Reception And Concerts Open To Public

Known as the bassist for the heavy metal band, Metallica, Jason Newsted is bringing his talent as an artist and musician to the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta.  When Jason learned that the ArtCenter needed to purchase the School of Art building after 21 years of leasing, he wanted to be involved to make it happen.  As artists and art lovers, Jason and his wife Nicole, sprang into action to support the “Raising The Roof” capital campaign.  Jason will be painting one of his iconic murals on the School of Art building. Nicole and Jason will present a week-long exhibition of their work at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, and Jason Newsted and the Chophouse Band will offer two benefit concerts at the Gallery.  The Rickie Report shares the dates, details, and some sneak peeks.  Let’s all raise the roof!  Tickets are $10. and limited so make your reservations!






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

Jason and Nicole Newsted










Monday, March 4

5:30 – 8:30 pm

Catering and beverages for the reception provided by Eric Pettersen of Evo Italian Restaurant and Tequesta Brewing Company

Tickets are $10.00



The Lighthouse ArtCenter and Chophouse Records

Present Two concerts by:

Jason Newsted and the Chophouse Band

Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, 2019

 6 – 10 pm

At the ArtCenter Gallery

Concert tickets are $10.00 and all proceeds will benefit the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s campaign to purchase the school



Call  to reserve tickets:  (561) 746-3101



“This is such a fantastic opportunity for the ArtCenter,” said executive director Nancy Politsch. “We are so grateful that Jason and Nicole have embraced the ArtCenter and the Tequesta art community, and are giving so generously of their time and talents to make our School of Art building purchase a reality. We invite the public to stop by the school in March to see Jason’s fabulous mural. ”




Jason Newsted’s “ROCKSTAR”, 2006. Acrylic & ink on canvas. 




In 2004, Newsted suffered a shoulder injury after trying to catch a falling bass amp head during a recording session. After surgery he turned to painting during his lengthy recovery period as a way to get “what was inside, out.” Painting continued to be a passion after his recovery and he had his first art gallery show opening on May 5, 2010 in San Francisco, California.




After a lifetime of playing loud and earth shaking music, Jason has shifted to the other end of the spectrum, rediscovering himself and playing acoustic guitar with the Chophouse Band. The band’s repertoire includes folk cover songs from legendary acts of the likes of Johnny Cash, George Jones, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Jason Isbell.



Artist, Nicole Newsted



Nicole Newsted has been pursuing an artistic life since growing up in a family of artists in upstate New York. Currently her practice includes painting, collage and wearable art. Nicole went on to study painting on scholarship to Arizona State University and her paintings are in collections across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and America.




“My work is an ongoing survey of the objects around me, both past and present. I am drawn to the cute, kitschy and the saccharine,” states Nicole. “The paintings depict maximalism in a minimalist setting. My work is pure escapism in thought and time. They’re meditations on objects made of plastic and polyester, and the artificial flavorings that in youth, incited feelings of pure joy.”



“Nicole and I love our neighborhood, we love being a part of a community like the one we have here in paradise,” said Jason. “Cherishing and preserving the local music and arts of past, present & future generations is vital for all of us…everywhere!



ART is the center of the eARTh.

SOS!! Let’s get together and Save Our School!!

Join us!! SOS!!…please donate



Opening Night Reception for The Art of RAWK Jason Newsted and brighter is better Nicole Newsted

Monday, March 4, 2019  5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469

Tickets: $10 per person, to benefit the Lighthouse ArtCenter School building

Meet artists Jason Newsted and Nicole Newsted at the opening reception for the exhibition of The Art of RAWK and brighter is better. Catering and beverages will be provided by award-winning Chef Eric Pettersen of Evo Italian Restaurant, Tequesta Brewing Company and Cheney Brothers, Inc. 

The Art of RAWK Jason Newsted and brighter is better Nicole Newsted Exhibition and Sale

Open Monday through Saturday, March 4th – 9th, 2019 

Hours Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469

Tickets: Lighthouse ArtCenter members are free and non-members are $10 per person, to benefit the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s campaign to purchase the school. 

Call (561) 746-3101 or go online at to purchase tickets.

Jason Newsted and the Chophouse Band Benefit Concerts

Friday, March 8, 2019   Doors open at 6:00pm. Concert starts at 7:30

Saturday, March 9, 2019   Doors open at 6:00pm. Concert starts at 7:30

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469

Tickets: $10.Call (561) 746-3101 or go online at to purchase tickets.






For further information about these events, classes, exhibits, or tours:

Please call (561) 746-3101 or go to

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a 501c (3) not-for-profit, was founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. In the last 54 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 am – 4 pm

Saturday 10 am – 2 pm


Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art and Art Supply Store

395 Seabrook Road Tequesta, Florida 33469


Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday 9 am – 4 pm






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