Mark you calendar! Beginning May 28, 2011 the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta will be presenting a two-week collaborative exhibition “The Art of Association” with works by three local art groups: the Artists Association of Jupiter (AAoJ), the North County Art Association (NCAA), and Artists of Palm Beach County (APBC). The opening reception is taking place on Friday, June 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. And in the spirit of community, the public is invited free of charge to meet the artists, view the exhibition, and enjoy wine and a Pot Luck Supper. The artists are providing the food and drink.
The show, which will run until June 11, includes paintings, prints, photographs, glass art, fabric art, woodturning, mixed media, sculpture and ceramics. “The exhibition is a showcase of three talented groups of artists and an introduction of the organizations that facilitate them to gather in support of the arts, each other, and the community at large,” stated Lighthouse ArtCenter Executive Director Katie Deits,
With recent declines in public funding for the arts, art associations aim to bridge the gap by creating new ways for artists to show their work and promote themselves. The Artists of Palm Beach County began in 2003 as a coalition created and managed by artists, for artists of all disciplines. It is dedicated to empowering individuals in the arts by reaching out to its diverse community, cultivating professional and social resources and opportunities for its members.
“We don’t create art within a vacuum,” said Gerri Aurre, president of the North County Art Association, the oldest of the three groups. “Many of our efforts are interrelated.” The North County Art Association describes itself as “A friendly group of artists that meet monthly and exhibit in and around Tequesta.” Its mission is to assist northern Palm Beach County with knowledge and training of artistic endeavors, and included in this mission is the broader goal of environmental awareness. The group promotes the care of land and sea locations which are part of the artistic landscape.
The Artists Association of Jupiter has similar goals in mind, to promote art and art education in the community and surrounding counties. At their venue, A Unique Art Gallery at 226 Center Street in Jupiter, they also garner support for other causes. On their Second Wednesday Open Houses each month they benefit a charitable organization. Breast cancer research, animal rescue, wildlife and environmental causes as well as community mental health programming have profitted from their fundraising efforts. “Each of our art associations shares similar goals on a broad scale with the Lighthouse ArtCenter and with each other,” said Susan Lorenti who founded AAoJ which will be celebrating its one year anniversary next month.
The Lighthouse ArtCenter, located at 373 Tequesta Drive in Gallery Square North, is a member-supported not-for-profit community arts organization providing excellence in art exhibitions, instruction, education, and outreach for all ages. For more information regarding the event call 561-746-3101.
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