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Lux Art Institute (1550 S. El Camino Real) in Encinitas is currently the temporary residence of painter Alan Feltus. I spoke with Grace Madamba, Communications & Events Coordinator at Lux, to get more information about upcoming events surrounding the artist.

RT: What will Alan Feltus be working on while at Lux?

GM: A smaller mid-sized painting or finishing a larger painting that he will have started in his studio in Assisi, Italy, as his timeline for a painting typically exceeds a two month period or the length of a typical Lux residency. The painting will be of a single figure or a partial figure. He has told us that he would like to do a version of a 1994 painting of his, The Angel of Santa Felicita, which was destroyed in a fire in a collector's home.

RT: How has Lux prepared for the artist?

GM: Our curatorial staff has already purchased for him: oil paints, thinners, linseed oil, turpentine, Liquin, varnishes and brushes. We also ask for a grocery list of items to get the artist started when they settle into the residence downstairs. Cafe Bustelo coffee; organic, whole milk yogurt; tuna fish in oil; granola and dried fruit are some of the things he's asked for.

RT: What should visitors anticipate with Feltus' show?

GM: There will be about 17 paintings and drawings by Alan that will be on view; 14 or so in the gallery/studio with the remaining in the residence and store. In the studio, we'll be setting up a work station for him where visitors can see him complete the project mentioned above.

RT: What interactive events will there be with the artist?

GM: There will be an opening reception for Lux members on November 3. There will also be a Lux@Night on Wednesday, November 14, which will also be the evening of Lux's Holiday Trunk Show featuring the work of several SD designers/artisans and a chance to do some holiday shopping. And there will also be a Studio Series on Tuesday, November 27, with a wine reception and then an artist talk.

Alan Feltus started his residency at Lux Art Institute today, and will remain until December 1. His work will be on display though December 29. Lux Art Institute is open on Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5.

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