Look Around Lubbock: Lubbock Arts Festival

Look Around Lubbock: Lubbock Arts Festival

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The Lubbock Arts Alliance will present the 40th Annual Lubbock Arts Festival, April 14-15, 2018, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. This two-day celebration is the largest fine art, fine craft event in West Texas.

Focusing on HOT WHEELS race cars as a theme, the engineering firm of Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, students from the engineering classes at Monterrey High School, and Mattel Toy Company will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Record for longest, continuous HOT WHEELS Track at the Arts Festival. The “official” attempt for the world’s record with 1,900 feet of track will be Saturday, April 14th, 2PM, inside the Exhibit Hall of the Civic Center. Other thematic highlights include large automobile paintings by Shan Fannin of Austin, Texas, artistically altered hubcaps and a display of real cars that were made into HOT WHEELS toys.

As always, the Lubbock Arts Festival will feature over 150 visual artists from around the nation displaying and selling original work in the mediums of painting, drawing, pottery, fiber, leather, jewelry, glass, wood, and sculpture. A juried gallery of professional work will be available for viewing along with artwork from area school children. There will be different performing stages each spotlighting the very best local and regional talent singing, dancing, acting, and playing instruments. Demonstrations by artists creating their work will take place along with ten different “Kid Stops” providing FREE art related to activities for children. The “Kid Stops” include ‘make and take’ projects, a Home Depot activity, and a chance to perform on the Kids Karaoke stage.

John R. Erickson, author of “Hank the Cowdog” series will also be performing at the Lubbock Arts Festival. Erickson will be telling his tales and singing his songs about the tough, but loveable, Hank as chronicled in the popular series of books for children and young adults. This special performance will take place Saturday, April 14th, 4PM, in the 2/3 Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Seating is first-come, first serve with the doors opening 30 minutes before the performance. Other free activities include performances by Carranza The mission of the Arts Festival : To foster the creation, understanding, and enjoyment of the arts.  

Puppets of Houston, Texas and a special exhibit “Celebrating Barbie: American’s Favorite Doll for 59 years.” Entrance to the concert, puppet shows, and Barbie exhibit are free with general admission to the Lubbock Arts Festival.

The artwork of Robert Rogers will be showcased since he has been selected as the Featured Visual Artist for this year’s edition of the Lubbock Arts Festival. For more than 40 years, he has designed and created fine jewelry as an art and as an expression of love for the craft. The highly detailed work in his art reflects his skills as a jeweler and master wax carver. Robert’s expression of archetypes in Native American culture is depicted in petroglyphs and pictographs from ancient North American sites, blended with mystical spiritual symbols, braille, Asian art and other icons. His limited edition collection includes two and three-dimensional bronzes, a full line of wearable art and a vibrant palette of contemporary paintings that follow the same mystical style for which he is known. 

All of this can be enjoyed for the very low admission of just $4 for adults and children 12 and under admitted FREE with a paid, accompanying adult. Hours are Saturday, April 14th, 10AM7PM and Sunday, April 15th, 12PM-5PM.

Special ticketed events that require an additional fee are: Premiere Night honoring Elizabeth G. “Bess” Haley, PhD. on Friday, April 13th, 6-9PM, $40 admission that includes heavy hors’ devours and cash bar. Performances of Moonlight Broadway’s family-friendly version of “GREASE” on Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th at 7:30PM. Matinee performances will be offered Saturday, April 14th and Sunday, April 15th at 2PM. All performances will take place in the Civic Center Theatre. Tickets are $65, $50, $40, and $25 for adults and $35, $25, and $15 for children. They can be purchased at Select-A-Seat, 770-2000 or selectaseatlubbock.com.

For more information about the Lubbock Arts Festival contact the Lubbock Arts Alliance, www.lubbockartsfestival.org , 806-744-ARTS (2787). The Lubbock Arts Festival is made possible by a sponsorship from Civic Lubbock, Inc. This project was funded in part by a grant from the Sybil B. Harrington Endowment for the Arts, a component fund of the Lubbock Area Foundation. This project made possible in part through a grant from the City of Lubbock as recommended by Civic Lubbock, Inc. This project is supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts. About Lubbock Arts Alliance - The Lubbock Arts Alliance is your arts council. We are a nonprofit organization working to ensure that Lubbock has a vibrant, growing art scene that remains accessible to every member of the community. Our mission is to foster the creation, understanding and enjoyment of the arts.

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