ENCINITAS — Lux Art Institute, at 1550 South El Camino Real, will welcome Santa Barbara-based painter Rick Stich as the next resident artist of the 2010/2011 Season.
An avid surfer, Stich finds his inspiration in the color, reflection and movement of water and in its interplay with light and landscape. From March 25 to April 23, Stich will be living and working at Lux, while creating a 4-foot-by-6-foot painting, as well as studies on paper, inspired by water. He will also be building a dock and a water feature inside the Lux studio as part of his installation. Visitors can “see art happen” while he is in residence and view his exhibit, featuring 18 of Stich’s paintings, through May 18.
“Rick Stich’s mesmerizing subject matter is culled from hours spent atop his surfboard in the Pacific Ocean, hours spent gazing at rippling water, committing it to memory,” said Lux Director Reesey Shaw. “It is this solitary meditation while suspended in liquid without color and without end that provides a transformative psychic space for him to explore. His universe — minus the human form — presents us with a realm of solitude. The sense of silence we experience in Stich’s work is known to adventurers who climb mountains, hike the desert or make solo journeys that merge the inner and outer worlds.”
Throughout each year, Lux invites several significant regional, national and international artists to participate in its residency. Visitors from across the country are able to participate in exclusive liaison-led tours, providing intimate access to the artist-in-residence, the artist’s exhibition and the museum’s permanent collection of indoor and outdoor art. Lux also offers a wide range of innovative programming for all ages.
Lux hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $10 for two visits. For more information about donations, memberships, volunteer opportunities and more, visit luxartinstitute.org or call (760) 436-6611.