With the completion of the new Education Pavilion, Lux Art Institute will be able to offer a larger curriculum of art courses and programs. Lux will also be able to offer classes for adults and teens, which they weren’t able to offer before. The 7,000 square foot building is a work of art in itself, designed by architect Anne Sneed and featuring additions from other local artisans.
“We worked with the educational team and with the Board to talk about the kind of space that they wanted,” says Sneed. “We wanted to make it clean and gallery like, but still fun for children.”
Lux has a unique approach to art; they work to engage visitors in the process of creating art. With their Artist in Residency program they bring internationally recognized artists to do gallery shows where they not only present previous works of art, but also create a new piece or in some cases a series of pieces in the gallery. One of the largest parts of Lux’s mission is art education. The Kids-in-Residence program offers summer classes and camps where children can create thoughtful art pieces and are able to work directly with the artists from the Artist in Residency program.
“The reason that our program is so successful and so extraordinary is that the kids were inspired by these world class international artists that just knock your socks off. All of us as adults and of course the kids get to be inspired by these fabulous people,” says Lux Director Reesey Shaw.
Sneed, a North County resident, is excited for the chance to take the classes herself and thinks that it will provided a much needed art outlet for the community.
“The concept of Lux is incredible and to have it for north county. I love everything about the mission and the function, I love that the kids programs and that they aren’t doing crafts but really thoughtful and artsy based programs.”
Lux is in the process of greatly expanding the class offering for the public. Starting in June, children and teens can sign up for the Kids-in-Residence session with artist Beverly Penn. Groups will be separated by age, ages 8 to 10 and ages 11 to 14, will meet Wed. from 3:30 to 5:30. The program begins on June 4 and will end on the 25; registration cost for non-members is $150 and $130 for members.
Family Day will take place on Sat. June 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and there will be a multitude of events for families to participate in; including tours of Beverly Penn’s exhibit, live music, art projects and refreshments.
Adults have an opportunity to take the Studio Series, which is an interactive discussion where adults can sip wine and talk with artist from the Artists in Residence program as well as the curators. The Studio Series for Beverly Penn will take place on Tues. June 24 at 5:30 p.m. registration for the event is $10 for non-members and free for members.