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Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery, & School of Art

By Jeff Lichtenstein

If you enjoy art, photography, painting, ceramics, sculpture, portrait, Photoshop or photography, then the Lighthouse Art Center might be for you!

Founded by Christopher Norton, the main location is in Tequesta with a satellite location at Midtown Center in Palm Beach Gardens. About 60,000 people are serviced annually through the school or art classes, the museum, and gallery exhibitions

There are some fabulous events coming up including the Pop Art Movement February 20-23rd, Billionaire & Butterfly Ballots (Cartoonist, David Wilson of Palm Beach Daily new’s original drawings), Plein Air Festival (festival will feature a Kids’ Paint Out, Artist Demos, Wet Art Sales, Quick Draw Contest, & Cocktail.

To read more about the current events CLICK HERE.

About The Lighthouse ArtCenter

The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides visual and performing arts for the community through unique collections, engaging exhibitions and cultural programs, a dynamic School of Art and diverse outreach activities.

As northern Palm Beach and southern Martin counties’ oldest and largest visual arts organization, the Lighthouse ArtCenter is a two-building operation featuring a museum and a school of art. The museum has a fine art collection, diverse and educational exhibits, docent tours, lectures, concerts and special events. The Lighthouse ArtCenter was founded in 1964 by a group of eight artists and Christopher Norton, son of the founders of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art offers classes for children and adults, beginner through professional levels in ceramics, drawing, encaustic, jewelry, painting (acrylics, oils, and watercolors), photography, Photoshop, portrait and figure instruction, sculpture and more. Special needs classes are also offered for adults and children.

Educational summer and winter ArtCamps, for children ages 4-12, teach art utilizing math and critical-thinking skills in the instruction. Scholarships are offered to children in need. Museum tours and art activities are available to schools from preschool to college levels, as well as to adult groups and individuals.

The ArtCenter is a Green organization, with a recycling program, and recycled materials are often used in the children’s art projects. Every May, there is a museum-wide Kindergarten through 12th Grade exhibition from Palm Beach and Martin counties schools with opening reception in which awards are given to the children and participating schools. More than 1,200 people attend these ceremonies.

An Art Outreach program provides educational art experiences for underserved populations and communities, where an art teacher and art supplies are sent on location to teach disabled, seniors, nursing home residents, special needs populations and low-income area schools where art programs have been eliminated. Funds are raised throughout the year to provide this program free of charge to the recipients. Each week nearly 50 people are provided with these free classes.

The ArtCenter offers professional opportunities for artists to exhibit, connect with collectors, increase their incomes and exposure, as well as learn professional practices. The ArtCenter sponsors many off-site exhibitions, including the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery at Midtown on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens.

For nearly 50 years, the Lighthouse ArtCenter has been enhancing lives through art and has built a community of artists and art lovers who gather together to share the joy and wonder of art.

Facts about the Lighthouse ArtCenter

• Founded in 1964, the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery & School of Art is the oldest cultural institution in northern Palm Beach and southern Martin counties.
• Founded by eight artists and Christopher Norton, the son of the founders of the Norton Museum of Art
• The Lighthouse ArtCenter is a nonprofit charitable organization serving nearly 60,000 people annually.
• More than 1,300 artists are involved
• More than 2,100 area youth participate
• Annual enrollment in School of Art classes for ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry design, photography and other media is nearly 2,500 students of all ages.
• More than 400 youngsters, ages 4 to 15, attend winter and summer ArtCamps
• The ArtCenter raised funds to send 36 children to the 2013 Summer Enrichment ArtCamp.
• Annual paid membership base is approximately 1,500
• More than 200 cultural activities, art events, lectures and exhibitions are offered annually
• The ArtCenter offers a FREE first Saturday half-day art program for special needs adults.
• The ArtCenter provides FREE ArtReach programs that provide instructors and art supplies to nonprofit facilities that serve the special needs, elderly and disadvantaged in our community.

Posted in Art, Tequesta on February 7, 2014 at 6:27 am.


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