Lux Art Institute offers a different type of art experience; rather then a classic museum setting of just viewing a final piece of art, visitors are able to watch as new pieces are created. Their Artist in Residence Program brings internationally recognized artists to work in their studio where they interact with visitors as well as their Kids-in-Residence program, while they create an entire new piece. A major part of Lux’s mission is art education, and with the completion of their new Education Pavilion they will be able to offer a larger curriculum, including offering 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 Anne Sneed and featuring additions from other local artisans, it features four large classrooms, an artist workshop, a digital workshop and an outdoor garden area. The doors to all the classrooms were created by Noe Design in Solana Beach, the gorgeous teak barn doors have chalkboards on the back to allow for the classes to create their own chalk art on the back. The outdoor area has two terraces that can hold around 250 to 300 people for events as well as an amphitheater that can hold 60 people. The outdoor area has steps and bridges that were made from epay wood and the area has been planted with natural plants that will be tripled over time.
While for the opening there will be pieces that were created by previous Artists in Residence displayed throughout the Education Pavilion, they will also show completed projects by the kids during their classes. The Pavilion features gallery lighting and will allow for kids to take part in their very own gallery shows.
The grand opening will take place the weekend of April 12 and 13. On April 12, the Black + White Party will feature delicious bites and champagne, a chance to sketch a live model in one of the classrooms, and a live band Dirty Bird. The dress code for is black and white cocktail attire, and there will be dancing. The event is 21 and over and tickets to the Black + White Party and the Reception Dinner are available on Lux’s website. The Director’s Reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and then the Black + White Party will go from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
On April 13 there will be a free open house that will feature tours, art projects that will be fun for the whole family, a photo booth, chances to view art created by previous Artists in Residence and music by Trouble In The Wind. There will be refreshments offered and the event will run from 12 to 4 p.m.