Gallery. Studio. Workshop. Display Area. Museum. Boutique & Gift Shop. Gathering Place. All of these describe the Lux Center for the Arts. And that is exactly how they like it!
We first discovered the Lux Center as a part of Lincoln’s “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” program. We have attended a family event or two as well, and I wish that we made it back there even more often, as they present so many great family events.
According to Christine Hunt who happens to be the Community Director of Involvement, the heart of the Lux Center for the Arts is just that: community. They want the community to come inside to see their changing exhibitions. Even more, they want families and individuals to be a part of creating their own art through workshops and classes. Beyond this, the Lux Center staff go outside the building to provide outreach to those who cannot attend classes. To the shut-ins, elderly or even incarcerated patrons, they want to give the gift of art. So, some of the artists bring a studio to those who cannot travel to one.
Children’s Classes and family adventures are available, as well as summer camps. Including date nights and “girls night out,” class opportunities abound for adults as well. Pottery, jewelry making, painting, drawing: you name the artistic medium, and you may very well find it at Lux Center for the Arts. Tomorrow I plan on telling you all about a special celebration that is happening there this week-end, as well as one of their current exhibits that has to do with Nebraska.
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For the past two years, my kids have participated in the summer reading program at Indigo Bridge Books in Lincoln. One of the prizes both summers was a free hour of painting pottery at Paint Yourself Silly in Lincoln. This has resulted in the creation of unique Christmas gifts for the past two years in a row.
Now these are obviously not all of our creations – just all of the possibilities. For the past two years, my kids have painted coasters. Individual works of art. They have now each painted one set for Daddy last year, then for both sets of grandparents this year. (I will post pictures of their completed projects on Facebook soon. They are giving away their final set today!)
They love getting paint on a “blank canvas,” and I love the fact that coasters can be a useable keepsake. As opposed to pieces of paper that constantly fall off of the refrigerator… I enjoyed watching them to determine their designs. The best part – I am not tempted to help, since then I would have to pay for an hour of painting. The project is truly theirs. Then the mess is truly “Paint Yourself Silly’s” – no clean up required. That is another great part!
The paint selection process is even fun, and they have added glass fusing and mosaics to their project possibilities. If you bring a friend on Fridays from 6-9, you can paint for half price. And if you wear comfy jammies on the first Friday of the month, you can paint half price from 9-midnight. Plus they have a flat fee if you want to “paint until you faint” all day. Several discount options.
The normal fee per hour of painting is $6 an hour if you are above 10, and only $4 an hour for kids under 9. The pottery is purchased separately and varies in cost based on size and intricacy. They also have birthday party and other event options (including preschool story time). Plus they have a location in both the Haymarket and in Southeast Lincoln. Hours vary at each location. We all love to go to Paint Yourself Silly and highly recommend the experience!
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