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First Friday Art Trail still going strong in Lubbock after two years

July 30, 2014

By William Kerns, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas

July 30--Today marks a near-consecutive two years and 15 weeks of hundreds, no, make that thousands, showing up at a series of local galleries and businesses for an event called First Friday Art Trail.

The event was postponed -- not canceled, just postponed -- on a couple of holidays. The public overall did not approve.

Art lovers made it clear that they would rather be able to depend on the debut of art works by local artists -- especially if they happened to be collectors wanting a first chance to purchase an artwork.

The number of venues traditionally increase in the fall, but even during the dog days of August in Lubbock, expect thousands to check out new artworks.

For that matter, not all are buyers. Many simply enjoy looking at new works of art.

A sampling of the venues participating

-- Buddy Holly Center -- 1801 Crickets Ave. An exhibit called "Mavericks, Misfits & Musicians: The Art of Joe Garnett" is in the Fine Arts Gallery. Garnett gained popularity designing well-known record album covers and movie posters, then began painting portraits of such musicians as Buddy Holly, Willie Nelson and Janis Joplin. Displayed in the Foyer Gallery is David Leake's "Impressions of Musicians." 775-3560.

-- The Charles Adams Gallery --602 Ave. J. Showcased are the following artists: Toni Arnett, Shannon Cannings, John Chinn, Hannah Dean, Daniela Ettedgui, Carol Flueckiger, Tina Fuentes, B.C. Gilbert, Ericka Pochybova Johnson, James W. Johnson, Chisum Justus, Lynwood Kreneck, David Lindsay, Ron and Rita Peek, Chad Plunket, Catherine Prose, Jeff Schneider, Eric Simpson, Bo Tan, Ashton Thornhill, Sara Waters, James Watkins, Kathy Whiteside, Jonathin Whitfill and more. 788-1008.

-- CASP Live/Work Studios CASP -- 1010 Mac Davis Lane. (a) Farm to Market Arts presents "A River Runs Through It," works from Jeff Wheeler's summer experimental drawing class from Texas Tech's Junction campus; (b) New ceramic works by David Echols; (c) The Ron Simons Studio features Michaela Proper's fiber art, and Simons' hand-made silver and gold jewelry; (d) The Colleen O'Brien Studio hosts the "Floating People Project:" a collaborative group show presenting visionary work of Indigo Folk, an artist collective featuring Colleen O'Brien, Maura Fowler, Alex Wheeler, Emily Zionts, Trey Tibbit and Dylan Kennedy. Works consist of mind-bending painting, sculpture, photography, video projection and music. Live music by The Dry Heeves. 788-1008.

-- Culture Clothing -- 1717 Broadway. Includes: Megan Shirley intermingling vintage photographs and hand stitching; musician Andy Hedges, also known as the Cowboy Poet; and Coy Holley, launching new book "Walking from Lockney to Jerusalem." 368-6178.

-- Giorgio's Pizza -- 1018 Broadway. Paintings by Robin Samarripas; and jewelry by Lion and Owl. 765-9330.

-- J & B Coffee -- 2710 26th St. Artist Samantha R. Wilson's acrylic and mixed media. 796-1114.

-- LHUCA -- 511 Ave. K. (a) Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall: Bridget Elpers, "Narrative Rewritten: West Texas View." Explores landscape of Caprock Canyons State Park through deconstruction of handmade and mass-produced textiles to reveal connection, comfort and ephemeral nature of what is left behind. (b) Helen Devitt Jones Studio: Ashton Thornhill's "Shadow & Silhouette," examines flight and movement of black birds in the darkened light of day, but also the awareness of peripheral vision and images marginally noticed. (c) John Lott Gallery: Liza Littlefield's "Five Years of Stories." The work is primarily narrative, and, though it may be a bit mysterious or even surreal, there is a narrative implied in nearly every piece. (d) Martin McDonald Gallery: Wen Fan "Plain Air," an investigation of how our understanding of the world is framed by personal experiences. She offers another way of seeing landscape by expressing it through clay objects. (e) Graffiti Education Building. Hosts special "Art Make and Take" event. (f) Helen DeVitt Jones Clay Studio hosts Art League of West Texas, featuring a collaboration of artists in various media. (g) Christine DeVitt Icehouse Gallery hosts Foster*A*Life's Kids Art Journey, drawings collected from children who are in foster care. (h) National Cowboy Symposium chuck wagon hands out free chuck wagon samples. 762-8606.

-- Lubbock Garden & Arts Center -- 4215 University Ave. Abstractive Perspectives, exhibit sponsored by Lubbock Art Alliance, highlights the creativity and imagination of local artists. 767-3724.

-- Lubbock Symphony Orchestra -- 601 Ave. K. Landscape photography of David Sanderson. 762-1688.

-- McPherson Cellars -- 1615 Texas Ave. In remembrance of Clinton "Doc" McPherson (1918-2014), with works by grandchildren Katelyn and Nick McPherson, and photos from Doc's life. "Doc" is revered as one of the fathers of the Texas wine industry. 687-9463.

-- Museum of Texas Tech -- 3301 Fourth St, William C. and Evelyn M. Davies Gallery of Southwest Indian Art. New long-term exhibition that focuses on works by Pueblo peoples of the Southwestern United States. It showcases both traditional and innovative pottery from a range of time periods. More. 742-2490.

-- Peachtree Gallery -- 901 17th St. Oil paintings of Ronda Ivy. Music by Dallas composer David Thompson. 470-9996.

-- Tornado Gallery -- 1822 Buddy Holly Ave.Baron Batch, acrylics; Anthony Castellino, acrylics; Benna Ellis, fused glass; Ken Law, metal sculpture; Melissa Lee, altered gourds; and Heather Raidford Gauthier, acrylics. Also a "Feed Seniors Now" event with Meals on Wheels, Comfort Keepers and Lubbock Cultural District. Giving out bags to be artistically altered and filled with food, then dropped off in various locations. Altered bags to be shown as collective show in October. Baron Batch original painting, created for the event, to be given away at October closing. 441-8564.

-- Urban Tech/TTU Downtown Center -- 1120 Main St. High Cotton: Tent City by Jason Fancher, Historical Survey of Architecture in Downtown Lubbock; photos of Myrick Green Building, City of Lubbock and watercolors of Willard B. Robinson, 1935-1991. 543-7165.

william.kerns@lubbockonline.com

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