Palm Beach County has long been treasured by visitors for its natural beauty and on March 12 - 15, 2015 more than 50 professional plein air artists traveled from Alaska, Virginia, Wisconsin and other parts of the United States to capture that beauty for all time during the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Second Annual Plein Air Festival. The artists painted 207 stunning scenes at Jupiter’s Harbourside Place and Riverbend Park, as well as Palm Beach’s Society of the Four Arts. The paintings are on exhibition and available for purchase through March 28 at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum Gallery. Admission to the ArtCenter is free during the exhibition run.
The Plein Air Festival had more than 600 attendees to its four-day event, with throngs of additional onlookers at each location, enjoying the creation of each piece. Collectors were able to purchase the new paintings each evening during ArtCenter receptions, with 51 artworks sold to date ranging in prices from $350 to $2,500 each.
“It is incredible to see our area through the eyes of these talented, visiting artists,” says Lighthouse ArtCenter Executive Director Katie Deits. “We sometimes take for granted what we see every day until we look at the stunning beauty of our natural areas and landscapes captured in these remarkable paintings. This is a great opportunity to collect fine art that shows off our community.”
“There has been an explosion of interest in plein air painting,” said Plein Air Festival Chairman Ted Matz. “The response to our Festival has been so gratifying and we look forward to next year.”
Jupiter’s mayor, Karen Golonka, welcomed the guests and artists during the opening closing ceremonies, in which more than $10,000 worth of cash and prizes were awarded to the winning artists.
Sunday’s “Quick Draw Painting Competition” at Dubois Park in Jupiter, featured a $1,000 first prize with 68 artists registering for the event.
The judges for the Plein Air Festival were Marisa Pascucci (Curator, Boca Museum of Art), Morgan Samuel Price (artist) and Glenn Tomlinson (William Randolph Hearst Curator of Education at the Boca Museum of Art.)
Chairs for the Second Annual Plein Air Festival were Ted Matz, Ralph Papa and Pat DeAloia. Committee members working tirelessly to raise money for prizes and assisting with each location of the event included: Barb Fonner, Nancy Goldman, Terri Horrow, Barbara Kirsch, Jane O’Neill, Edye Rollins, Kit Seidel, Manon Sander and Jenny Schorr.
From left: Deborah Lazar, Putney, Vt. (Honorable Mention), Katie Deits (Lighthouse ArtCenter Executive Director), Marisa Pascucci (PAF Judge and Curator of Boca Raton Museum), Neal Hughes, Moorestown, N.J. (First Place ), Violeta de La Serna (Regional Sales Manager of Plein Air Magazine and Sponsor), Ken DeWaard, Viroqua, Wis.(Third Place), Jason Sacran, Magazine, Ark. (Grand Prize Winner), Ted Matz (PAF Co-chair), Shelby Keefe, Milwaukee, Wis.(Second Place), Joseph W. Palmerio, Sarasota, Fla.( Quick Draw, Second Place), Charles Dickinson, St. Augustine, Fla. and Marilyn Muller, Jupiter, Fla. (Quick Draw, Third Place). Not pictured are judges Morgan Samuel Price (artist) and Glenn Tomlinson (William Randolph Hearst Curator of Education at the Norton Museum of Art), and First Place Quick Draw Winner Carl Bretzke, from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Grand Prize: Jason Sacran from Magazine, AK
First Place: Neal Hughes from Moorestown, NJ
Second Place: Shelby Keefe of Milwaukee, WI
Third Place: Ken DeWaard from Viroqua, WI
“Quick Draw” Paint Out Winners
First Place: Carl Bretzke from Minneapolis, MN
Second Place: Joseph W. Palmerio of Sarasota, FL
Third Place: Marilyn Muller from Jupiter, FL
Wilmington Trust Private Premier
Harbourside Place, Jupiter
Riverbend Park, Jupiter
Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach
Quick Draw Paint Out at DuBois Park, Jupiter
Receptions and Awards
Photos by Katie Deits, Jeff Higbie, Ralph Papa, David Randell and Howard Rollins
Juried Festival Artists
Jenny and Larry Schorr
David Randell Photography
John and Melinda Geberth