4th Annual Plein Air Schedule March 8-12 Offers Many Opportunities To Art Lovers And Artists

The Lighthouse ArtCenter 4th Annual Plein Air Festival takes place March 8 through March 12. Nationally recognized, award-winning artists from around the Country will paint throughout Palm Beach County, depicting scenes from the beaches and natural Florida landscapes to the quickly disappearing old Florida homes and residential areas. Known as “Paint-Outs,” the artists will be visiting seven different outdoor areas to paint the varied landscapes and cityscapes. The Rickie Report shares the details here, as some events require reservations.





373 Tequesta Drive     Tequesta, FL 33469

(561) 746-3101      www.LighthouseArts.org




March 8 – 12, 2017

At the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469 and outdoor painting locales throughout Palm Beach County.





2017 Participating Artists:

​Stephanie Amato, GA

David Boyd Jr., GA

Carl Bretzke, MN

Michele Byrne, PA

​Eli Cedrone, FL

Kathleen Denis, FL

Bill Farnsworth, FL

Kevin Feary, NY   

Nyle Gordon, MO        

Karen Ann Hitt, FL      

Jennifer Holmes, CT       

Neal Hughes, NJ   

Charlie Hunter, VT      

​Maryanne Jacobsen, FL     

Shelby Keefe, WI     

Chris Kling, FL   

Debra Latham, TX      

Gregory Little, FL      

Andre Lucero, VA      

Tom Lynch, IL

Jeffrey Markowsky, GA      

Ted Matz, FL     

Jim McVicker, CA      

Spencer Meagher, IL  

Dan Mondloch, MN     

Kathie Odom, TN     

Joseph Palmerio, FL     

Ralph Papa, FL​  

Elise Phillips, PA      

Devin Roberts, MO     

Cynthia Rosen, VT      

Lawrence Rudolech, IN  

Manon Sander, FL      

Jason Sacran, AR     

Patrick Saunders, MO     

Robert Simone, FL  

Richard Sneary, MO     

R. Gregory Summers, KS     

Nancy Tankersley, MD     

Robin Weiss, WA

Cory Wright, FL  






Paint Out with Juried Artists
March 8 to March 11, 2017

Artists will be painting at the following locations. The public is invited to watch the painters create and will have the opportunity to buy art on the spot.


• Riverbend Park (dawn to dusk)
9060 W Indiantown Road, Jupiter, FL 33478

• DuBois Park and Jupiter Beach Park (dawn to dusk)
19075 Dubois Road, Jupiter, FL 33477

• Harbourside Place
200 N US Highway 1, Jupiter, FL 33477

• Juno Beach Pier (dawn to dusk)
14775 US Highway 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408

• Northwood Village
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

• Society of the Four Arts (Wed. & Fri. 10 am to 5 pm, Sat. 10am to noon, closed Thurs.)
2 4 Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL 33480

• Bethesda by the Sea (church and surrounding area, dawn to dusk)
​141 S County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480





Saturday, March 11

VIP Reception
5 – 9 p.m., $100 per person

VIP’s will get a sneak peek and be able to meet our artists, plus get the first opportunity to purchase the art on display by our award-winning artists. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by local gourmet restaurants, have access to art consultants to assist with your purchase as well as apply your $100 ticket towards the purchase of a painting. BUY TICKETS : www.LighthouseArts.org


Collectors’ Reception
6:30 – 9 p.m., $25 per person
Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while you peruse the art. Art consultants will help you with purchasing art, and you may apply your $25 ticket towards your purchase. Proceeds benefit the 4th Annual Plein Air Festival. ​

BUY TICKETS : www.LighthouseArts.org




Quick Draw

Sunday, March 12

​(Registration required for artists. $30 for members, $40 for non-members.)
FOR Entry Form: www.lighthousearts.org

Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk, Jupiter
8 – 9am Artist Registration
9 am – 11 am Paint Out
11 am – 12 noon Judging
12 noon – 3 pm Awards will be announced and then art will then be for sale to the public.



Free admission to the ArtCenter Gallery

To view the daily “wet paintings,” from 10 am – 4 pm



Saturday, March 11, 2017

Collectors’ Preview Party and Wet Painting Sales

$100 per person for the Preview Party and Award Ceremony 5 – 9 pm.

Ticket price is good toward the purchase of a painting.

General Admission:  $25 from  6:30 – 9 pm.

The public is invited to watch the artists and purchase paintings at the Paint-Out locations. The diverse locations for the paint-outs include Northwood Village in West Palm Beach, Society of the Four Arts and Bethesda by the Sea in Palm Beach, Riverbend Park, Harbourside Place and DuBois Park in Jupiter and Juno Beach Pier in Juno Beach. With over 120 artists from around the country entering the jurying process, the forty one artists that were selected represent the best of the Plein Air genre. They will be competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes. The artists will deliver their paintings each day to the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery for viewing by the general public.



Quick Draw Painting Contest:

Sunday, March 12

Open to All Artists!


Plaza Down Under locational  RiverWalk, Jupiter

9 to 11 am

The art will be judged, awards will be given and the art will be available for purchase from noon to 3pm at the park.


More Information:

Jennifer Chaparro, Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival Staff Liaison
Jennifer@LighthouseArts.org (561) 748-8737

Lighthouse ArtsCenter
Gallery & School of Art
373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Florida 33469
(561) 746-3101




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Lighthouse Art Center Invites You To Closing Reception Of “Art Of Association”, Announces Vacation Closing And New Plein Air Palm Beach!

Let the colors, textures and creative community quicken your imagination during the CLOSING RECEPTION of Art of Association, Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the Lighthouse ArtCenter!  Feast your eyes on 375 original works of art from 186 exhibiting artists representing 16 Art Associations from Miami to Jensen Beach. With new ideas to share and plans to discuss, the participating associations will introduce their 2016-17 calendars. Don’t miss your last opportunity to enjoy this eclectic exhibition.  The ArtCenter will be CLOSED August 14 – 28th for VACATION. The Lighthouse ArtCenter announced today the names of the 35 artists selected to participate in the 2017 Paint Palm Beach en Plein Air competition now in its 4th year at North Palm Beach County’s critically acclaimed art gallery and education center. The event will take place March 8-12, 2017.  The Rickie Report shares all the details in this article.





(561) 746-3101
373 Tequesta Drive            Tequesta, Florida 33469










Thursday, August 11, 2016

5:30 – 7:30 pm

No charge for members of Lighthouse ArtCenter, $10 for non-members.


LACMalle Whitaker Rebirth

Malle Whitaker “Rebirth”

Art Associations from Boca Raton to Vero Beach are participating in this refreshing exhibition that fosters cross pollination of ideas and practices with 2D and 3D media from fiber arts to fused glass. Let your imagination soar.

Feast your eyes on 375 original works of art from 186 exhibiting artists representing 16 Art Associations from Miami to Jensen Beach. With new ideas to share and plans to discuss, the participating associations will introduce their 2016-17 calendars. We don’t want you to miss your last opportunity to enjoy this eclectic exhibition. 

“This is an exhibition in which art lovers and collectors can see, as well as purchase, the best work by members of art associations in our region”. – Nancy Politsch, Executive Director, Lighthouse ArtCenter


LACclose up of Sandanjian Underwater Treasures

Sandanjian “Underwater Treasures” Close-Up





PAINT PALM BEACH EN PLEIN AIR 2017 (Formerly the Annual Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival)

March 8-12, 2017





Lighthouse ArtCenter announced today the names of the 35 artists selected to participate in the 2017 Paint Palm Beach en Plein Air competition now in its 4th year at North Palm Beach County’s critically acclaimed art gallery and education center. The event will take place March 8-12, 2017. Plein Air has become a popular competition throughout the world, giving artists different venues to create in, while being challenged by the length and surroundings of the four-day contest. The selected artists compete for prize money and are able to display their work at the Lighthouse ArtCenter for gallery visitors to view, offer their opinions and purchase a favored painting at the Collector’s Party on Saturday, March, 11th, final day of competition. Paintings may also be purchased “wet” from the artist at the painting sites.
“We modified this year’s artist selection process after an outstanding 2016 competition,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Chair of Painting and Drawing and Co-Chair of this event, Ted Matz. “Feedback from our former contestants suggested we narrow our field of artists to give each participant more exposure to the crowds drawn to watch them when they’re sketching and painting at the various venues. ”
With more than 120 applicants for the limited slots, Matz said the selection process became one of scoring several criteria, not all of which were based on direct artistic skills. “We wanted to be fair to artists who may not have participated in our Plein Air competition in the first three years. And fair to the Lighthouse ArtCenter patrons who want to see how new artists interpret our local scenery when challenged to capture it on canvas.”

The 35 artists selected scored highest when evaluated by the following:
1. Originality
2. Overall Quality
3. Consistency of Style
4. Technical Skills
5. Marketability to Audience

“We are thrilled by the artistic diversity selected to compete in March 2017,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter Curator Janeen Mason. “We had submissions from artists in 27 states and two who are international. We are excited to see how these artists translate our South Florida seascapes, landscapes and architecture.”

Here are the names and hometowns of the artists competing in Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 2017 Paint Palm Beach en Plein Air competition:




To learn more about Plein Air art, visit Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/En_plein_air or Google Plein Air art.

For additional information about upcoming exhibits or the 2017 Paint Palm Beach en Plein Air competition, contact Lighthouse ArtCenter by calling 561-746-3101.

For more information about the Lighthouse ArtCenter, visit www.lighthousearts.org

Lighthouse ArtCenter is an equal opportunity gallery, learning center and employer.




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Lighthouse ArtCenter Announces Plein Air Festival Events

Fifty world-class artists will compete at 3rd Annual Plein Air Festival held by Lighthouse ArtCenter March 10 -13th. They are coming to compete for $10,000 in prize money and to be a part of what is rapidly becoming one of the most prestigious Plein Air art events in the country. The art, painted on location, will be brought back to the gallery at Lighthouse ArtCenter. Each painter will have gallery space to exhibit and make their works available to the public.  There are opportunities starting now, to get involved through workshops and lectures.  On Thursday, February 18th, Violeta de la Serna will speak about ” Your Art Palette – How to Develop Your Collection While Your Discerning Tastes Grow”.  This 3rd Thursday and all events are open to the public.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.





373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta






LAC3rdPlein Air Logo


Lighthouse ArtCenter 


3rd Annual Plein Air Festival Events

March 10 -13th

Workshops and Lectures Pre- Festival

Thursday, February 18th

5:30 -7:30 pm




Violeta de la Serna:

” Your Art Palette – How to Develop Your Collection While Your Discerning Tastes Grow”.

Free to Members, $10 Nonmembers

On the 3rd Thursday evening of each month, enjoy a wine and passed hors d’ oeuvres reception featuring fun, social activities, such as concerts, lectures, art demonstrations, live performances and gallery talks. It’s a perfect opportunity to broaden your knowledge of the arts and mingle with other art enthusiasts and Lighthouse ArtCenter members.   Sponsored by the Meyer Law Firm. 


Violeta tells The Rickie Report, “In a world where we can relate to food and wine, often times , more than we can relate to Art, we’ll discuss how to acquire new works as your taste develops. Our taste in Art changes with exposure and time…”


During this presentation, Violeta will address how developing your Art Palette will help you grow with your art investments. From where to view Art, how to look at it, how to relate and how to make better decisions in who or what to collect while staying in your comfort zone or, stepping outside of it in order to diversify your portfolio.




LAC“Explosion of Color” 16 x 12, oil on linen

Explosion of Color” by Carl Bretzke




Pre-Festival  Plein Air Workshops

The Lighthouse ArtCenter is thrilled to welcome internationally renowned artists. The members of the ArtCenter are continuing to grow as artists, and we are pleased to offer extraordinary opportunities to study exclusively with dynamic and prestigious instructors! Register online or call (561) 748-7014.




3rd Annual Plein Air Festival Events

March 10 -13th




The Plein Air Festival literally brings the art out to the people of South Florida. It documents disappearing and historic areas, and aspects of South Florida. As well as, capturing iconic locations and landscapes that don’t exists anywhere else in the world. All this, through the eyes and talents of world-class artists from around the world!  



Art Patrons at Plein Air Festival, 2015


Daily “Reception and Art Sale”

The artists will paint in various locations on March 10-12 and bring their art back each day to the Lighthouse ArtCenter at 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta (561)746-3101.

The art is available for viewing and for purchase from 5:30-7:30pm




This year’s judge will be the renowned artist Jim McVicker. His talents were recently recognized as the $15,000 Grand Prize Winner of the 4th Annual PleinAir Salon.    JimMcVicker.com




Suni Sands home, Ted Matz

“Suni Sands Home” by Ted Matz

​A Message From the Ted Matz,

3rd Annual Plein Air Festival Chairman

“Contemporary plein air painters are recording the past and the present for the future to see.  It is such an honor to be the Chairman of the 3rd Annual Plein Air Festival at the Lighthouse Art Center. I am proud to present the 50 nationally and internationally recognized artists that will be participating in the Plein Air Festival. The quality of the work that these artists represent is absolutely amazing and will totally astound the attending viewers. The artists represent a wide range of painting styles in oils, watercolor and pastels. You will not want to miss this interactive event that allows you to view the artists in action out in the field as they paint. You will also not want to miss out on this opportunity to purchase their high quality art.”

 LACPleinAirArtistPlein Air Artist, 2015

2016 Schedule:



Wednesday, March 9

• Private Reception for Juried Artists, Hosts, Sponsors, Patrons and Board of Directors
Lighthouse ArtCenter, 5 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 10

• Festival PaintOut with Juried Artists* Multiple Locations
• Meet the Festival Artists Reception*
Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 11

• Festival PaintOut with Juried Artists* Multiple Locations
• Reception and Art Sale, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.* Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum

Saturday, March 12

• Festival PaintOut with Juried Artists* Multiple Locations

• Kids’ Paint Out and Awards* School of Art

• Patron, Sponsor and Collectors’ Cocktail Reception (Ticketed event)

ArtCenter Museum, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 Sunday, March 13

• Quick Draw Painting Competition at DuBois Park*
9 a.m. to noon.

Registration required for artists.

• Wet-Painting Sales and Award Presentation*

Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, 4 to 6 p.m.

*Open to the public

All photos are courtesy Lighthouse ArtCenter



Plein Air Artist at Society Of Four Arts, 2015





2016 Participating Artists

Natalia Andreeva
Carl Bretzke
Thomas Buchs
Michele Byrne
John Caggiano
Dee Beard Dean
Ken DeWaard
Charles Dickinson
Katie Dobson Cundiff
Fran Ellisor
Kevin Feary
Francesco Fontana
Michelle D. Held
Scott Hiestand
Karen Ann Hitt
Kathleen Hudson
Neal Hughes
Shelby Keefe
Monique Lazard
Gretha Lindwood
Gregory Little
Susan Lynn
Jeffrey Markowsky
Spencer Meagher
Dan Mondloch
Kathie Odom
Joseph Palmerio
Ralph Papa
Randy Pitts
Jason Prigge
Devin Roberts
Lawrence Rudolech
Jason Sacran
Morgan Samuel Price
Manon Sander
Patrick Saunders
David Savellano
Robert J. Simone
Mary O. Smith
Richard Sneary
R. Gregory Summers
Melanie Thompson
Lorrie Turner
George Van Hook
yer Z vue
Cory Wright
Stephen Wysocki
Vladislav Yeliseyev
Dennis Young
Luis Zaldivar

 For complete details and more information please visit:  


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Nationally Renown Artists Attending 2nd Annual Plein Air Festival at Lighthouse ArtCenter

At the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 2nd Annual Plein Air Festival, 50 award-winning artists who paint en plein air will be competing for $10,000 worth of prizes from March 12 to 15. Local as well as nationally award winning artists hailing from 18 states as far away as Alaska, will take part.  There will be MANY opportunities for art lovers, art patrons, children and painters to be involved.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos from last year’s event.  The events take place rain or shine and promise to enthrall viewers!







March 12 – 15th



Quick Draw  

Open to All Artists and Public 


Marilyn Muller attracts a crowd as she

Marilyn Muller attracts a crowd watching her paint at Dubois Park at LAC Plein Air Festival 2014 (Photo Courtesy of David R. Randell)


On Sunday, the juried artists and any artist who would like to register, will compete in a “Quick Draw Paint Out” held from 9 a.m. to Noon at DuBois Park (Jupiter), with the top prize of $1,000 for first place.


LACPlein Air QUICK DRAW Entry Form p.1 rev. 2-19-15
LACPlein Air QUICK DRAW Entry Form p.2  rev. 2-19-15



LACCollector's preview ticket flyer for email




Art collectors will have several opportunities to purchase high-quality art with a local flair. On Saturday, March 14 at 6 p.m., is the Collectors’ Preview and Reception where art lovers can meet the artists and have first pick of the art created that day. Tickets to the Preview are $50 per person and include a $50 credit toward a painting purchase at the Festival. Tickets also include the Collectors’ First Look on Friday evening at 5 p.m. The exhibition is open to the public on Friday at 6 p.m.
The community will enjoy seeing the artists paint on location, as well as painting demos by Symi of Rosemary’s Brushes, an English company specializing in fine brushes.





LAC Plein Air Festival Kid's Quick Draw, 2014

LAC Plein Air Festival Kid’s Quick Draw, 2014


On Thursday, March 12 at 3 p.m., a “Kids’ Paint Out” event will kick off the Festival at Constitution Park in Tequesta. Children can register in advance at the Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art at 395 Seabrook Road or on the day of the event. Painting supplies will be provided and the kids will receive certificates and prizes at a ceremony at the Museum at 5 p.m., followed by a reception where the public can meet the juried artists who will be officially painting in the festival.

LACPlein Air KIDS PAINT OUT Entry Form




The awards ceremony will be on Sunday, March 15 at 4 p.m. at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum. The paintings will be judged by Marisa Pascucci (curator, Boca Museum), Morgan Samuel Price (nationally recognized artist and instructor), and Glenn Tomlinson (curator, Norton Museum of Art).


LAC Plein Air Event Chairs: Ted Matz, DeAloia and Ralph Papa

LAC Plein Air Event Chairs: Ted Matz, Pat DeAloia (Board Member) and Ralph Papa


The Plein Air Festival is co- chaired by Pat DeAloia, Ted Matz and Ralph Papa.  “Plein Air painting has seen a worldwide resurgence in popularity,” said Ted Matz, Co-Chair of the Plein Air Festival and the ArtCenter’s Chair of Painting and Drawing. “We offer classes and workshops in plein air painting, which have become very popular.”
“We are excited to welcome the 50 juried artists who are outstanding painters on a national level, many of whom are featured on the covers of art magazines,” said Katie Deits, Lighthouse ArtCenter Executive Director. “This is an amazing opportunity to collect high-quality paintings by recognized artists.”



"My Alligator Alley" by Ted Matz, Co-Chair of LAC Plein Air Festival

“My Alligator Alley” by Ted Matz, Co-Chair of LAC Plein Air Festival

“The co-chairs have assembled a Plein Air Festival committee that has been working hard to ensure the festival’s success from hosting fundraising events at members’ clubs to organizing volunteers to raising $10,000 in prizes,” Ms. Deits said. Festival sponsors include Guerilla Painter, Jupiter Courier, Jupiter Medical Center, Harbourside Place, Plein Air Magazine, Rosemary’s Brushes, Jenny and Larry Schorr and Wilmington Trust. Committee members include: Jean Chase, Barbara Fonner, Nancy Goldman, Terri Harrow, Barbara Kirsch, Jane O’Neill, Barbara Roehl, Edye Rollins, Manon Sander, Jenny Schorr and Kit Seidel.

Dennis Young Painting at LAC Plein Air 2014

Dennis Young Painting at LAC Plein Air 2014

The 2015 juried artists include Linda Apriletti, Thomas Buchs, Michele Byrne, Eli Cedrone, John Caggiano, Ken DeWaard, Charles Dickinson, Lee Englund, Pamela H. Giarratana, Nyle Gordon, Scott Hiestand, Karen A. Hitt, Jennifer Holmes, Neal Hughes, Maryanne Jacobsen, Michelle Jung, Shelby Keefe, Karen Kinser, Chris Kling, Deborah Lazar, Monique Lazard, Stephen C. Left, Susan Lindsey, Elaine Lisle, Greg Little, Kaaren Lundeen, Jeffrey Markowsky, Carol McArdle, Kathryn McMahon, Spencer Meagher, Kelly Medford, Mary Mirabito, Suzanne Morris, Marilyn Muller, Janet Onofrey, Joseph W. Palmerio, Jason Prigge, Quince Quaintance, Hope Reis, Jason Sacran, Manon Sander, Robert Simone, Mary O. Smith, Alex Stankiewicz, Lorrie Turner, Trish Vevera, Cathleen Windham, Lynn Wilson, Stephen W. Wysocki and Dennis Young.

If you would like to be a sponsor, a volunteer or get more information about the festival, call (561) 746-3101.



En plein air is a French expression which means “in the open air,” and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. The mid-19th century saw working in natural light become particularly important to the impressionists, which only increased with the introduction of paint in tubes, giving additional portability to the artists.




The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported 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. The Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum & Gallery is located at 373 Tequesta Drive in Tequesta, Fla. For information call (561) 746-3101 or visit www.LighthouseArts.org. The Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art is located at 395 Seabrook Road in Tequesta, Fla. For information on classes, workshops or ArtCamp, call (561) 748-8737.



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