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                                                                    Award-Winning Artists Paint
      art haPPenings from page 5

      glass-blown artwork and a sampling of some of his two-
      dimensional artworks along with Claire Kelly’s work will        Local Scenes At Lighthouse
      be on display at the center’s beautiful gallery for the rest of
      the season.
        For   March’s                                       ArtCenter’s Ninth Annual Plein Air
      two-day events, the
      center  is  bringing
      in renowned artist,                                           Festival, March 27 To April 2
      Jason Christian, from
      Seattle, Washington.                                Weeklong Festival Brings Events, Free Artist Demonstrations,
      Jason  grew  up  in
      Coupeville, a small                                                          Workshops, And Art For Sale
      town  situated  on
      Whidbey  Island                                     Lighthouse ArtCenter‘s (LAC) Ninth Annual Plein Air
      in  the  heart  of                                Festival brings together 30 award-winning artists from all
      the  Puget  Sound                                 over the country to compete and capture the beauty of local
      region  of  western                               scenes through the practice of painting “in the open air” or
      Washington  State.                                “en plein air.” The festival takes place March 27 to April 3,
      Jason’s mother was                                and includes free artist demonstrations, workshops, events,
      a nurse; his father,                              and wet art for purchase. The festivities begin on Sunday,
      a  metal  fabricator.   Dale Chihuly with Jason Christian at   March 27 with a “Paint Out Competition” at the historic Ann
      As an adolescent he   Dale’s Studio               Norton Sculpture Gardens March 28 to March 31. The artists
      thought that he too                               provide free live demonstrations in the most picturesque
      would find a place in the blue-collar world. He worked   places throughout Palm Beach and Martin counties; April 1
      construction  and  odd  jobs.  He  drove  delivery  trucks.   is the “Collectors’ Party” at the LAC Gallery. The festival
      However, there was something inside driving him towards   ends on April 2 at the LAC Gallery with an art sale, “Battle
      a more creative vocation. His mother told him, “You should   of the Brushes” live painting competition, and an awards
      really go check out this glass studio downtown. I read about   ceremony. The art will be displayed throughout the week and
      it in a magazine.” He went and saw a master glassblower                                              Victory by Kystal Brown
      turn a molten blob into a flower and was hooked. This was
      during the late 1990s and the Northwest glass scene was in                                           is available for purchase at Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery at
      full swing. Dale Chihuly was hanging chandeliers in Venice.                                          373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469. The events at LAC
      Italian masters were moving to Seattle. There was plentiful                                          are free and open to the public. A list of the participating
      work to be had, along with the strong sense of community that                                        artists and a full schedule of events and details can be found
      Jason had always wanted. He dove in, and there he flourished.                                        at
        “I have the same passion for glass now that I had the first                                          “The Plein Air Festival celebrates our local landscapes
      time I stepped in front of a glory hole – probably even more.                                        and landmarks,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter’s CEO Nancy
      I have endless curiosity for this medium that drives me crazy.                                       Politsch. “These participating artists are known to be the best
      It is what it is: It’s glass, it breaks. It’s molten, it moves. I                                    of the best in their art form and they are here to capture our
      love it. That’s what keeps me going. The common thread to                                            community through their painting. Come enjoy the free live
      my work is the technicality of it – pushing the limits. I like a                                     demonstrations, the events and workshops, and buy some
      challenge. I want to see the thing I set out to make and say,                                        fresh art for your home or office.”
      ‘Wow, I’m OK with this.’ But never will I be totally satisfied,”   Artist Pam Ayres paints “en plein air” at Dubois Park in
      says Jason about his love for glass.               Jupiter.                                          Art Happenings on page 8
        Jason is an integral
      member   of   Dale
      Chihuly’s  boathouse
      team,  collaborating
      with  international
      artists,  including  the
      late  Pino  Signoretto.
      He  has  worked  with
      many  well-known
      glass artists, including
      Lino  Tagliapietra,
      Martin Blank, Preston
      Singletary,  James  Closeup of one of Jason’s yoyos on
      Mongrain  and  Nancy  the end of a blowpipe
      Callan. Jason also has
      taught at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Wash., at
      Urban Glass in New York City, and at the University of Texas      driveway                                       courtyard
        Jason will be performing on Friday and Saturday, March
      18 and 19. Friday is what the center likes to call their “Artist
      Blow-Out” event. It starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. This
      three-hour demonstration is accompanied by a live jazz
      ensemble. Each attendee is given two drink tickets and
      nibbles. And all this can be had for only $15 per person!
      People often ask, “Why do you charge so little for all this
      entertainment?” “The answer is that it isn’t about making
      money. We don’t come anywhere close to breaking even
      considering the cost of the artists’ airfares, housing, local
      transportation and meals. After all, that is why we are a
      nonprofit, and this is all part of our giving back to our
      community,” says Founder and President, J.B. Berkow. This
      answer also explains why they always hold a free Family
      Fun Day on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Towards that end, the
      center is always looking for corporate sponsors who would
      like to support all these worthwhile endeavors. The visiting
      artist programming gives a corporation huge visibility as it      rec room                                      wine cellar
      covers two events a month for four months!
        D on’ t   miss   out
      on  any  of  these  great
      opportunities! Visit www.  or                                                 This Feels Like Home
      call  the  center  at  (561)
      508-7315 to keep abreast                                                        Three Nicklaus Championship Golf Courses
      of all of the Benzaiten’s
      events, class and workshop                                                  Homes from $300K to $3Million  •  West Palm Beach
      offerings, studio rentals,                                              For your personal tour, call 561.624.8000 or visit
      their ultra-fun fundraisers,
      m e m be rshi p s,   a nd  One of Jason’s signature yoyo
      sponsorship levels.   pieces
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