Ten eco-artists showing at Lighthouse ArtCenter’s “Environmentally Engaged: Artists Reflect on Issues and Solutions for Florida” received awards and prizes at the museum’s opening event on Thursday, September 17th. Local gallerist and environmental activist Paul Fisher chose the winning artwork from over 50 paintings, photographs and mixed media works. Artists from throughout Florida and the southeastern United States submitted art; Agata Ren from Boca Raton earned the top prize for her mixed media collage “South Florida Rainbow Snake.”
Second Place went to Linda Finch for Staghorn Coral Revival, the Third Place ribbon was awarded to Debbie Rubin for A Grand Reflection, and Gwen Eyeington won the Executive Director and Curators’ Award of Excellence for Everglades Cold Front. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Lynne Buchanan, Joel Cohen, Diana Cutrone, Mindy Lighthipe, Melinda Moore and Patricia Turner.
The exhibitions co-curators were environmental artists Lucy Keshavarz and Birds are Nice (aka Diane Arietta).
In their lecture they provided insight about their personal motivations for their own ecologically mindful art, also on display at the museum. Then Ms. Keshavarz and Birds are Nice offered suggestions on further steps that can be taken toward protecting our state’s unique ecosystems and how artists can make an impact with their work.
September’s featured Lighthouse Artists’ Guild member, Rick Lewis spoke with patrons about his Florida landscape and endangered species paintings.
Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art faculty members were present for the venue’s Annual Faculty Exhibition. The instructors shared insights about their techniques, methods and upcoming classes.
Environmentally Engaged runs through October 24th. ArtCenter visitors are encouraged to cast their vote for people’s choice awards while viewing the exhibition. Each attendee can cast 2 votes, one for their favorite Environmentally Engaged artwork and another for the best art faculty piece. Announcement of People’s Choice awards will be made during October’s upcoming 3rd Thursday. At the October 16th event, local contemporary artist and world traveler Gerri Aurre will provide an engaging talk on contemporary art. 3rd Thursday is generously sponsored by the Meyer Law Firm.