Located in Tequesta, Florida, the Lighthouse ArtCenter is northern Palm Beach and southern Martin counties’ oldest and largest visual arts organization. It is a two-building campus featuring a museum and a school of art. The Lighthouse ArtCenter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that was founded in 1964 by Christopher Norton, the son of the founders of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum & Gallery has six galleries hosting more than 30,000 visitors each year for its six or seven major exhibitions, plus minor exhibitions and special events. In March is the Plein Air Festival, a four-day event where award-winning artists come from all over America to paint our beautiful area. As the largest Plein Air event in South Florida, it also attracts visitors, locals and art collectors who enjoy watching the painters and collecting their original paintings.
The ArtCenter sponsors many off-site exhibitions and opportunities for artists, including the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery at Midtown on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens.
The School of Art offers classes for children and adults, beginner through professional levels: ceramics, drawing, encaustic, jewelry, painting (acrylics, oils, and watercolors), photography, Photoshop, portrait and figure instruction, sculpture and more. The ceramics department features four firing methods with electric, gas, soda and raku kilns.