The act of paint­ing cel­e­brated at Light­house Art­Cen­ter’s in­au­gu­ral ‘Plein Air Fes­ti­val’

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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)

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