Lighthouse ArtCenter announces dynamic exhibition schedule

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January 12, 2021
The Lighthouse ArtCenter (LAC) reopens its doors, welcoming visitors to experience a dynamic season of visual art in the freshly renovated and modernized Gallery & 2D Studio. On January 26, 2021, the 7,500-square-foot gallery kicks off the season with two concurrent exhibitions: Soul on Art: Ghosts of Africa and Radical Jewelry MakeoverSoul on Art: Ghosts of Africa (January 26-March 10, 2021) features a culturally diverse exhibition, with works by significant brown and black artists from all over the world. Radical Jewelry Makeover (January 26 - March 20, 2021) is an internationally traveling initiative, with donated jewelry that has been deconstructed and re-imagined into wearable pieces of art. The winter season ends with the highly anticipated 8th Annual Plein Air Festival (March 14 - 20, 2021), with twenty-four award-wining artists participating from all across the country. The ArtCenter is following CDC health and safety recommendations and is taking many precautions to ensure the safety of visitors, including increased cleaning, social distancing and a mask requirement. Admission is free to members and $5 for non-members. For more information, visit
“We are so excited for this coming season! With the onset of COVID-19, we took the quiet time to completely re-energize and overhaul our facilities, which will enhance our exhibitions, classes and workshops.” said Nancy Politsch, CEO/CFO. “We welcome visitors back to the Gallery & 2D Studio January 2021, with refreshed and modernized facilities and a plethora of culturally diverse and enriching exhibitions.”
“The Lighthouse ArtCenter has always been home to a creative, engaged, enthusiastic community. Although the members, students, faculty and staff may start out as strangers, the inclusive power of art ultimately unites us as a family,” states Curator, Janeen Mason. “We are very proud of this opportunity to invite new guests into our fold through the exciting exhibitions opening this January in our completely upgraded facility.”
Details about the exhibitions are below:
SOUL ON ART: GHOSTS OF AFRICA (January 26 - March 10, 2021)
Soul on Art: Ghosts of Africa features work by significant brown and black artists, including Leonardo Drew, Adam Pendleton, William Kwamena-Poh, Kara Walker, and Purvis Young. These accomplished painters, sculptors, and multimedia artists have created work held in prestigious collections including, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The exhibition presents thought-provoking and evocative artworks inspired by the artists’ personal experiences and cultural heritage. This is a must-see for anyone compelled to explore the effects of the African diaspora on some of today’s most successful contemporary artists. While some of the pieces are available for purchase, others are on loan from private collections.
RADICAL JEWELRY MAKEOVER (RJM) (January 26 - March 20, 2021) 
RJM is an Ethical Metalsmiths' innovative community mining project. The work, created by a community of jewelers, raises awareness of the connection between mining, metalsmithing, activism, collaboration, and art. It involves volunteer "miners," "smelters," "refiners," jewelers, and metalsmiths working together to create a new and transparent supply chain. RJM relies on local “mines” – donated jewelry – as a source of “raw” material.  The donated jewelry is then deconstructed to the original components, and reconstructed into wearable works of art by artists, students, and professionals. All of the one-of-a-kind jewelry on exhibition will be available for purchase.
8TH ANNUAL PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL (March 14 - 20, 2021)
The 8th Annual Plein Air Festival is known to be the premier Plein Air Festival in the Southeastern United States. The festival has been revamped to meet our current times. Twenty-four national award-winning artists have been invited to exhibit their fresh works in the gallery and online during this highly anticipated celebration of representational art that captures our environment as history in the making. Participants can get involved virtually or in-person in this non-stop, week-long festival. The festival kicks-off with an in-person Paint Out Competition at the beautiful Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. The artists will then paint en plein air (outdoors) in picturesque locations throughout the country, competing against one another for cash and prizes. ?Art enthusiasts have the opportunity to learn from the most highly regarded plein air artists in the country through live demonstrations and workshops. One-of-a-kind art can be purchased at the gallery or online through a virtual catalog and online store. Competition pieces will be available for sale Friday, March 19, after a live-streamed awards ceremony. 
About the Lighthouse ArtCenter
The Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art is 501c(3) not-for-profit founded in 1964 by eight artists and Christopher Norton. The ArtCenter is dedicated to the visual arts whose mission is to inspire, engage and connect our community through a vibrant school of art, unique exhibitions and diverse special events. In the last 57 years it has grown to include a gallery, school of art, gift shop, and art supply store. Supported by memberships, sponsors, and grants the ArtCenter now serves over 22,000 visitors, 2,200 students, 45 faculty members, 400 summer art campers, and a comprehensive outreach program to benefit under-served and disabled residents in the community. For more information visit
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