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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

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

Painting Seascapes and Waves with Olena Babak

Babak, Olena Rolling In Oil On Linen 12 X 24 X 0.25
Days & Times:
February 27th & 28th, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
All Levels Welcome
Day 1: 373 Tequesta Dr. - Studio C ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Day 2: Offsite

Day 1: Dive into the art of painting realistic transparent water and rolling waves. The lesson commences with a drawing demonstration, delving into the wave’s structure. Students will follow along with their own drawings. Subsequently, the instructor will apply the drawing exercise’s lessons in a painting demonstration, with students replicating on their canvases. Individual critiques from the instructor will be provided throughout the day, using oil paints as the preferred medium.

Day 2: Head to the beach as students transition studio lessons into painting from life. Throughout the day, the instructor offers individual critiques, ensuring a seamless application of skills in an outdoor setting.


Painting Seascapes & Waves Supply List

The Golden Hour and Sunset with Carl Bretzke

Workshop 4
Days & Times:
March 1 and March 2, 3-7pm
Intermediate – Advanced

The objective of this workshop is to learn the nature of late afternoon and sunset “light effects” and then develop an efficient method to capture that effect in paint. The techniques for capturing The Golden Hour Light Effect will be demonstrated through the use of a PowerPoint presentation, live mini-demos, and then supervised individual painting sessions. For this workshop, you should bring all of your usual painting gear. A nocturne light is strongly recommended so that you can more easily see during our sunset painting session. I recommend preloading your palettes with paint to save time.

The Golden Hour and Sunset Supply List

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.

Bringing Life and Energy to your Paintings with Michele Usibelli

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Days & Times:
March 12, March 13, and March 14, 10am-4pm
All Levels Welcome
373 Tequesta Drive - Studio C

Participants may paint in oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor or pastel. Demonstrations and instruction will focus on the essential steps to building a successful painting, in studio and plein air. The workshop will start with a lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, including a discussion on drawing, value, design, and color. Short demonstrations will be combined with one on one instruction creating a very personalized workshop.

Bringing Life and Energy to your Paintings Supply List

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