5th Annual Plein Air Festival Kicks Off With Hugh O’Neill At Lighthouse ArtCenter on January 18th Plus Art Excursions Open To The Public

The 5th Annual Plein Air Festival, produced by the Lighthouse ArtCenter is a premiere gathering, the largest of its kind in South Florida.  Kicking off the festivities are a number of opportunities:  Wynwood Walls Walking Tour on Tuesday, Jan. 16th, the Third Thursday Lecture with plein air visionary, Hugh O’Neill on January 18th, and a Lake Okeechobee Wildlife Airboat Photo Trip on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018.  The public can observe artists painting at locations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, then view and have the opportunity to purchase the wet paintings later at the ArtCenter Gallery. There will be artist’s demos and workshops, as well as a special ticketed VIP Collectors’ Reception.   Juried prizes and awards totaling $15,000 will be given out. The judge for 2018 is renowned artist/recent Grand Prize Winner of the 4th Annual Plein Air Event, Nancy Tankersley. The Rickie Report shares the Pre-Festival details, an overview of the upcoming activities and share some photos from the 4th Annual Plein Air event.

 

 

 

 

GALLERY:   ​373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469     561-746-3101

​SCHOOL OF ART:   395 Seabrook Road, Tequesta, FL 33469    561-748-8737

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018  Pre-Festival Events

 

 

Hugh O’Neill

All About Plein Air Painting with guest speaker, Hugh O’Neill

3rd Thursday, January 18

​Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

5:30 – 7:30 pm

​Members are free, Nonmembers $5 (Pay at door)

Sponsored by the Meyer Law Firm


Hugh O’Neill is an internationally acclaimed artist and was the first to introduce Plein Air into the Lighthouse ArtCenter and the Society of the Four Arts. He studied painting at the University of Ulster, Belfast, Ireland, from 1981-1985. After graduating with honors in 1985, he immigrated to the USA. Much of his work hangs in many important collections throughout the world and has won many awards. He will talk about the history of Plein Air and how it documents historical places and landscapes. He will also talk about what makes a good plein air painting and how to preserve a wet painting.

 

 

 NEW Art Excursions in January:

 

Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls Walking Tour

Tuesday,   January 16, 2018

Wynwood Walls Walking Tour – Take a relaxing bus ride down to Miami to see the amazing murals and street art in the Wynwood District of Miami. Moderate walking is involved. We’ll stop at a local gallery and get a short history lesson about the street art in Miami and how and why it has flourished. Then we’ll walk around for about an hour or so, stop for lunch (not included), then meet up and walk around for another hour or so. Photos are encouraged, so bring your cameras! After that, we’ll return on the bus back to the Gallery, about 4:00 pm. Cost: $125 per person. Date: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

 

Airboat on Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee Wildlife Airboat Photo Trip*

 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Lake Okeechobee Wildlife Airboat Photo Trip* – Meet at 6:30 am at the Gallery and carpool* to Lake Okeechobee. Craig Houdeshell will lead you on an airboat tour on the lake to view and photograph birds and wildlife. Our boat driver, Jason, is an experienced biologist, who will take us to the best spots to find migrating birds and native wildlife. We’ll spend 2 hours on the boat, then stop for lunch (not included), and then carpool back to the gallery at about 2:00 pm. (Special camera lenses can be rented for this excursion, contact the instructor at least two weeks before the trip.) *Transportation – instructor will coordinate with students and carpool to locations. Cost: $175 member/$200 non-member (5 spots). Date: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

 

DuBois Park” by Hugh O’Neill

 

2018 Festival Schedule

 

Ralph Papa with Student at Kids’ Paint Out 2017 at Harbourside, Jupiter FL

 

 

Saturday, March 3
Kids’ Paint Out *
Constitution Park, Tequesta, 1 – 3 pm, free for kids ages 5 – 15

​Sunday, March 4
Quick Draw*
Flagler Park, Downtown Stuart, 9 am – 2 pm (Painting from 9 – 11 am, awards at noon, sales from noon – 2 pm)
Registration required for artists ($30 for members, $40 for nonmembers)

Monday to Friday, March 5 – 9
Festival Paint Out with Juried Artists*
Multiple Locations throughout Martin and Palm Beach County. Demos by vendors on Thursday and Saturday.

Wet Paintings on display & for sale in the Gallery
Monday – Wednesday, 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday, 10 am – 7:30 pm
​Friday, 10 am – noon

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

Friday, March 9
VIP Collectors Party & Sale
Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 5 – 9 pm
VIP tickets ($100) 5 – 9 pm 
General admission ($25) 6:30 – 9 pm 

Saturday, March 10
Wet Paintings on display & for sale*
Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 10 am – 4 pm

Sunday, March 11
Wet Paintings on display & for sale*
Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, noon – 2 pm

*Open to the public

 

Wet Paintings on Display

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about these events and to REGISTER or purchase tickets: 

Or contact Jennifer Chapparo  561.748.8737
Jennifer@LighthouseArts.org
www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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En Plein Air International Art Travel And Studios Welcomes You

Hugh O’Neill owns a prominent place in art history, as an important modern master who has influenced countless others. Always ahead of his time, he pioneered the En Plein Air teaching tradition into several leading art institutions including The Society of the Four Arts and the Lighthouse ArtCenter and Museum. En Plein Air International Art Travel and Studio Workshops is a new dynamic, student-focused Studio and Plein Air teaching center, and premium cultural travel company with Hugh at the helm. As he opens En Plein Air International, come and see the art travel opportunities, lectures and workshops that abound! The Rickie Report shares the details and invitations to meet Hugh and experience a new gallery/studio concept.

 

 

 

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Hugh O’Neill Art Director and Founder of

“EN PLEIN AIR INTERNATIONAL”
ART TRAVEL AND STUDIO WORKSHOPS

FORMALLY INVITE YOU

Meet & Greet Session

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015:

11:00am-6:00pm

Who are we? What we can offer you?
Check out our new brightly lit art studios
Enroll in our Art Workshops and Daily Classes

 

Christmas Opening/Meet & Greet

December 10th

6 – 8 pm 

Come visit our conveniently located, spacious bright new art studios at the En Plein Air International art studios

 

Who are we?

We are a new dynamic, student focused, Studio and Plein Air teaching center and premium cultural travel company. Designed and taught by the acclaimed artist and expert teacher Hugh O’Neill. We offer you exciting International art workshops, classes and “learn a lot” daily workshops. ENROLL NOW TO SECURE SPACE

 

Perfectly Located In The Historic “CENTER STREET” District of Jupiter Near all the major roads and beaches.

226 Center Street A-8 Jupiter, FL 33458

Founded and Directed by acclaimed artist and teacher, HUGH O’NEILL

www.epaiarts.com    USA   561 529-2748

 

We offer you a new dynamic student focused Studio and En Plein Air teaching environment. Comfortable class sizes, taught by the acclaimed Artist and expert teacher Hugh O’Neill and other artists of note.

HughOUR MISSION: To produce and help aspiring artists who can call upon their abilities to create art with a “SENSE of PURPOSE AND DESIRED QUALITY“. We have one mission, one beautiful uncluttered state of mind: that’s to achieve and deliver to you the highest quality possible, passed on to you by very successful and respected expert artists, historians and travel guides. You strive for excellence as I do. Being the best you can while knowing you are being guided by the best is in of itself… rewarding” – Hugh O’Neill

 

 

“I learned more in two days of painting with Hugh O’Neill than I have learned in twenty years with other instructors. I look forward to another trip to Florida just to paint with him again”

– Denise Hodgins Call, Virginia

 

 

 

 

NEWpage3Meet and Greet Invite with Hugh O'Neill

 

 

Hugh O’Neill was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1959. He studied painting in Belfast Ireland from 1981-1985 spending some of that time studying in Nante and Paris, France. O’Neill’s approach to his oil painting is direct, bold and figurative. He is a visual musician who is forever searching for the ultimate melody on canvas, an artistic pioneer and a man who survived through brutal conflict growing up in war torn Northern Ireland. Hugh O’Neill has been a modest man all his life but his work speaks for itself in grand visual concertos of timeless skill. The poet of the day and the eyes of a truly gifted artist, he continues to work in silent hues of robust color for all to see. His work is alive and worth seeking out as its energy is best felt up close.

 

Hugh O’Neill owns a prominent place in art history, as an important modern master who has influenced countless others. Always ahead of his time, he first pioneered the En Plein Air teaching tradition into several leading art institutions including The Society of the Four Arts and the Lighthouse ArtCenter and Museum. As one art writer once said, “Claude Monet himself would have admired the continued strength of O’Neill’s work”. Hugh’s first U.S. one-man show on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, in 1995 saw a complete sell out in the first night of the show, with collectors from New York to Paris.

 

 

Hugh tells The Rickie Report, “En Plein Air International (EPAI) promotes both nationally and internationally, a heightened visual appreciation of beautifully important locations. We further enjoy that exquisite beauty and history by sharing with the public our passion, deep knowledge and experience through lectures, art exhibitions art workshops, and cultural travel of only the highest quality. We are perfectly located on the historic Center street, Jupiter Florida just minutes from I95 and A1A. Close to the coast, great eateries and easy to find”!

 

For more information about En Plein Air International’s programs, art travel, lecture, workshops or studio please visit:

www.epaiarts.com  or call  USA 561 529-2748

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291