Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 7th Annual Plein Air Festival March 7 – 15 Offers Five Days Of Activities For All Ages

This March, members of the community will have the opportunity to join 35 award-winning artists as they compete for over $15,000 in prizes and awards in The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 7th Annual Plein Air Festival. The Festival takes place from March 7 – 15, starting with a Kids’ Paint Out, Painting vintage cars, a Collectors’ Party, and Battle of the Brushes contest. The Rickie Report shares all of the details here. Get your calendars out for five full days of plein air!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, March 7  – Sunday, March 15, 2020

 

 

 

 

Paintings displayed and for sale

at Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

 

 

373 Tequesta Drive     Tequesta, FL 33469

 

 

 

 

 

Artists painting throughout Palm Beach

and

Martin counties

 

 

 

 Free to the public

 

 

 

Collectors’ Party

Friday, March 13, 2020

5-9 PM

$50*

*Ticket price may be used toward the purchase of a painting.

 

 

 

For all of the details and more information about the artists

 www.LighthouseArts.org or call 561-746-3101

 

 

Chris Kling at Hobe Sound Beach 2019 photo by Jennifer Chaparro

 

 

 

“Painting ‘en plein air’ is simply painting outdoors,” said Allie Snyder, the Plein Air Festival Coordinator for 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.”

 

Manon Sander at Juno Beach Pier photo by Craig Houdeshell

 

 

 

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 and have the opportunity to purchase these original wet paintings as they are created.

 

 

Lon Brauer Painting at Sunrise 2019 photo by Craig Houdeshell

 

 

 

 

The festival will officially begin March 7th and run through March 15th with plenty of opportunities to view and purchase the fresh paintings.  There will be a series of events, workshops and demonstrations by juried artists during the festival.

 

 

SCHEDULE:

 

  • Saturday March 7th a Kids’ Paint Out will take place from 10 am – Noon at Constitution Park in Tequesta (free but registration required).
  • Saturday March 7th Teen Master Class, 1 – 3 pm  at the School of Art on Seabrook Road
  • Paint Out 9 – 2 pm (formerly known as the Quick Draw) challenge on Sunday, March 8th at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Flagler Park in West Palm Beach.
  • Monday – Friday, March 9 – 13 Five-day-long Festival Paint Out with juried artists at locations throughout Palm Beach and Martin counties
  • Monday – Thursday, March 1 – 12  Demos by juried artists at specific times and locations.
  • Wednesday, March 11 5:30 – 7:30 pm Artist Meet & Greet reception at the ArtCenter Gallery.
  • Friday, March 13 from 5 – 9 pm Collectors Party and Sale where the paintings produced throughout the five days will be judged and awarded. This is the first chance to purchase the award-winning paintings. 
  • Saturday, March 14  1 – 3 pm “Battle of the Brushes.” Watch three teams of five artists create paintings together.
  • Sunday, March 15 (Time TBD) Painting vintage cars on display at the ArtCenter Gallery.
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15 the Gallery is open to view and purchase the full exhibition of plein air paintings.

 

“We are fortunate to have such talented artists painting here in Palm Beach and Martin counties,” says Executive Director Nancy Politsch. “We are always excited to learn where these remarkable artists choose to paint in our area and how they interpret and create what we look at every day.”

The Gallery will be open free of charge to the public throughout the week of the Festival. The Collectors’ Party on Friday, March 13th, is a ticketed event where the guests will get the first choice of the paintings that the artists have reserved for judging in the contest. Tickets are $50 which includes talking one-on-one with the artists and a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. The cost of the tickets can be used toward the purchase of a painting during the evening.

The Battle of the Brushes will take place on Saturday, March 14th from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Gallery. Three teams of five juried artists will each have 15 minutes to paint on the same canvas, creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that will be available for purchase. It is captivating to watch the individual creative styles of the artists as they interpret the image onto canvas. 

The Festival has grown in the past six years into one of the premier gatherings in the country. Artists from around the country are excited to participate in the contest, with over 130 applying this past year for the 35 juried spots. 

 

 

 

Tara Will 2019 photo by Craig Houdeshell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 56 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

(561)748-8737 

Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm Saturday 9 am – 4 pm  

www.LighthouseArts.org

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

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

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986