The act of painting celebrated at Lighthouse ArtCenter’s inaugural ‘Plein Air Festival’
Nearly 30 juried artists traveled fromNew York, Virginia, Delaware and other parts of Florida to participate in the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s inaugural “Plein Air Festival” in late March. The artists were invited to paint their impressions of the area’s seaside scenery at the Jupiter Yacht Club, Riverbend Park and Dubois Park. Collectors purchased paintings every night during the festival in the ArtCenter’s museum.
Jupiter Mayor Karen Golonka welcomed the artists on opening night and attended the closing ceremony, where $10,000 worth of prizes was awarded. A “Kids’ Paint Out” event kicked off the festival at Loggerhead Marinelife Center and an ArtCamp scholarship for one week in the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Summer Enrichment program was awarded to the contest winner.
“Plein air painting has seen a worldwide resurgence in popularity,” said Ted Matz, event chairman and the ArtCenter’s chair of Painting and Drawing. “We offer classes and workshops in plein air painting, which have become very popular. I look forward to seeing the festival grow to attract talent fromaround the world.”
“The event was a huge success and I amstill excited about it,” said Boca Raton artist Steve Nash. “Everyone involved was very welcoming and helpful. What I like most about the festival was people walking around at both painting venues engaging with artists. Some of these same people showed up at the evenings’ exhibitions to view the artwork they saw being created.”
Hope Reis of West Palm Beach won the $5,000 grand prize for her piece “Afternoon Fountain,” which she painted at the Jupiter Yacht Club. First place ($2,500) was awarded to Dennis Aufiery, second place ($1,500) to Marilyn Muller and third place ($500) to Stephen Left.
A “Quick Draw Paint Out” took place from 9 a.m. to noon March 23. The award winners were Alex Stankiewicz (third place), Diane Young (second place) and KarenWinslow (first place) who was awarded $1,000. Honorable mentions included Chris Kling and Jane Sither. Next year’s Lighthouse ArtCenter “Plein Air Festival” will run March12-15.
For information about participating in the Plein Air Festival, contact Cynthia Trone at 561-748-8737 or Cynthia@LighthouseArts.org. 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 School of Art and diverse outreach activities. For more information call 561-746-3101or visit www.lighthousearts.org.
Leslie Blum, left, and Ralph Papa painting at Riverbend Park (photo by David R. Randell).
Jupiter painter Marilyn Muller painting at the “Quick Draw” in Dubois Park (photo by David R. Randell)