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Make space on your calendars and walls for Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 11th Annual Plein Air Festival, which will take place from March 3 - 9, 2024

This juried event brings a selection of the country’s top plein air painters to Tequesta for a week of outdoor painting. These artists, painting outdoors, or “en plein air,” will compete for over $15,000 in cash and prizes. The week kicks off with our Paint Out Competition at Harbourside Place in Jupiter. Join us daily at the ArtCenter Gallery to view and purchase the freshly painted work of our talented artists. Check out the free plein air painting demonstrations at picturesque locations across the area. On Friday, add to your art collection at our fabulous Collectors’ Party & Sale. 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. Finish out the week on Saturday with our Small Works Sale and our Live Painting Event at the ArtCenter Gallery. Learn from the masters and enroll in one of our Plein Air Workshops offered before and after the festival.

Event Details

March 3 - March 9, 2024

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery
373 Tequesta Drive
Tequesta, FL 33469

Paint Out Competition:
Harbourside Place
March 3, 2024

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If you would like to become a Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival sponsor please view our Sponsorship Levels or contact Maggie Kramer at or (561) - 746-3101

Award Winners

Paint Out Competition


First Place

Lyudmila Tomova

Second Place

Richie Vios

Third Place

Neal Hughes

First Place

Sue Darienzo

Second Place

Steve Philbrook

Third Place

Debby Coles-Dobay

11th Annual Plein Air Festival Winners

Grand Prize

Kari Ganoung Ruiz

First Place

Hector Acuna

Second Place

Bill Farnsworth

Third Place

Marc Anderson

Participating Artists

We are thrilled to announce our invited artists -get ready for fresh work
from some of the top plein air artists in the country!

Plein Air Workshops

No classes are currently scheduled for this day.

Plein Air Festival Judge

Michele Usibelli: Michele started with a strong foundation in the Russian Impressionist tradition of seeing and painting shapes of light and color using loose brushstrokes. She has been influenced by numerous artists, most notably Nicholai Fechin, John Singer Sargent, and William Merritt Chase. Each of the influences has allowed Michele to establish her own unique artistic style and paint application.

No classes are currently scheduled for this day.

2024 Event Schedule

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Paint Out Competition:

The location of the Paint Out Competition is at Harbourside Place, Jupiter.

Harbourside Place:

200 N Us Highway 1, Jupiter, FL 33469

All artists are welcome to participate under one of two self-designated categories, Professional or Amateur Artist. Cash awards and prizes will be available to winners in both categories. Over $2,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

9:00 am – 10:00 am | Check-in and stamping of panels will begin on-site

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | PAINT! Listen for the air horn which signals when to start and stop painting.

12:00 pm – 12:30pm | Frame and display work on easel

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm | Judging

1:00 pm | Awards announced and prizes distributed

1:00pm – 1:30 pm | Art is offered for sale to the public