Lighthouse ArtCenter plein air festival
A lively scene from the Paint Out Competition at Harbourside Place (Photos provided courtesy of Lighthouse ArtCenter)

Taking place now through March 11 in Tequesta, Florida, 35 of the country’s top plein air painters are participating in the 10th Annual Plein Air Festival of the Lighthouse ArtCenter. “The walls are already filling up with fresh art,” said Executive Director Jeni Licata.

These artists will compete for over $15,000 in cash and prizes. The week kicked off with a Paint Out Competition at Harbourside Place in Jupiter with daily opportunities at the ArtCenter Gallery to view and purchase the freshly painted works.

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From left to right: Antwan Ramar (3rd Place), Krystal Brown (2nd Place), Bill Farnsworth (1st Place), Hope Reis Judge, Elaine McCombs Chairperson, Jeni Licata Executive Director, Serin Leas Program & Education Director

The week also includes free plein air painting demonstrations at picturesque locations across the area and paid workshops with Natalia Andreeva, Stephen Wysocki, and Lon Brauer.

On Friday, the Collectors’ Party & Sale takes place, where you can mix and mingle with the artists and fellow art enthusiasts while feasting on Lighthouse ArtCenter’s signature hors d’ oeuvres. All pieces are available to purchase, including competition pieces. This year’s judge is Kenn Erroll Backhaus.

Bill Farnsworth's 1st place winning art from the Paint Out Competition
Bill Farnsworth’s 1st place winning art from the Paint Out Competition

They’ll finish out the week on Saturday with a Small Works Sale and Live Painting Event.

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Artist Matt Lively gave a public demonstration at Flagler Park in Stuart, Florida this year.

For more than 58 years, Lighthouse ArtCenter has provided artistic programming and cultural opportunities to the people of Palm Beach and Martin Counties in Florida. A member-supported not-for-profit organization, it offers engaging exhibitions, a dynamic School of Art, and diverse outreach activities to underserved community members.

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