If you haven’t wanted to drive to Tequesta to see the work in the Lighthouse ArtCenter, starting today you can head to Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens. The museum and art school are opening a donated space on October 27, 2011. There you can see and purchase the paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography and jewelry created by members of the Lighthouse ArtCenter Artists’ Guild.
Artists will be on hand to demonstrate and talk about their work. “We hope this experience inspires visitors to pick up a brush or a camera and express their creativity,” said Katie Deits, Lighthouse ArtCenter executive director. “And we are so grateful to the management at Midtown for donating the space to us.”
Midtown sees the gallery as a magnet for visitors. “We’re interested in trying new ideas, and seeing how people react,” said Belle Forino, marketing coordinator at Midtown. “We have open retail space in Midtown, that with the help of the Lighthouse ArtCenter, we’re turning into an edgy contemporary pop-up style gallery. It feels like we’re bringing a little bit of New York and a little bit of Art Basel to Palm Beach Gardens.”
Among the artists whose works will be on display are past Examiner profile subjects David Willison, Durga Garcia, Ted Matz, Melinda Moore, and Barry Seidman. The Lighthouse ArtCenter at Midtown is at 4763 PGA Blvd., Suite 300, Palm Beach Gardens. The gallery will host a grand opening 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. After that, hours will be noon to 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.
The Lighthouse ArtCenter is also getting ready for its annual D’Art for Art Fundraiser set for November 12 at the Tequesta museum and art school. During the event, guests mingle over cocktails, savor a dinner prepared by Little Moir’s Food Shack, then, at the sound of the whistle, dart around the museum choosing works of art to take home.Nationally known and local artists donate the paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramic works and jewelry.
Children’s book author Cathy Helowicz is returning to chair the event and Kathy Greene, WJTW’s Gal on the Go, will serve as emcee “It’s really a great way for the community to come together to support this valuable institution,” says Ms. Helowicz, who also is a Lighthouse ArtCenter board member.
D’Art for Art is 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta. Tickets are $275 each, $2,000 for a table of eight or $2,500 for a table of 10. To reserve, call (561) 746-3101 or log on to lighthousearts.org.
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