Lux Institute of Art to open 11th season in glorious black-and-white

In September, Lux Art Institute in Encinitas begins its 11th season of welcoming visiting artists from around the world to share their process with art-loving visitors.

Starting things off is Boston-based Shelley Reed, who specializes in stark, large-scale, black-and-white oil paintings, some of which are 50 feet long. Her work references paintings of the past and often features animals as subjects.

During her month-long residency, visitors will be able to watch her create a brand-new, large-scale black-and-white piece, and talk to her about it. She’ll be in-studio Sept. 9-Oct. 6, with an opening reception 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. Her exhibition will remain on view through Nov. 4.

From Nov. 18-Dec. 16, a very different kind of painter will be in residence: Andy Harper, from Cornwall, in the U.K. His specialty is intricate patterns and shapes inspired by nature, and he’ll be doing a series of colorful paintings at Lux. Opening reception: 7-9 p.m. Nov. 17,

In late January, Lux will welcome London-based New Zealander Francis Upritchard and her odd and interesting mixed-media sculptures. Working with Brazilian rubber and bits of old fabric and furnishings, Upritchard draws inspiration from Hieronymus Bosch and Bruegel, and likes to portray contemporary oddballs. San Diego and San Diegans will inspire her sculptures here.

Gabrielle Bakker, from Seattle, will follow in April. She uses live models to create modern Renaissance-style portraits that suggest mythological narratives, and she’ll select a live model for a new oil painting at Lux.

Last but not least of the season’s five artists-in-residence will be Tomory Dodge, a Los Angeles painter whose quirky abstractions explore the nature of paint and the space between abstract and figurative art. His theme during his June-July residency will be “interconnectedness.” At a preview of the upcoming season, Reesey Shaw, Lux’s executive director, quoted him as saying: “My paintings are a refuge from the ads, the chatter and the dross our eyes witness trying to get through the day ... Any day."

Lux will also be presenting additional exhibits in its lower Brandes Gallery. Don’t miss LA artist Matthew Rosenquist’s whimsical wood-block sculptures, on view Sept. 8-Nov. 18, with an opening reception Sept. 21.

IF YOU GO: Lux Art Institute is at 1550 South El Camino Real in Encinitas. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 (free for under-21’s and bicycle riders). (760) 436-6611. luxartinstitute.org

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