By James Waterson
From glassblowing and painting to illustrating and mixed media, name any genre of art and you’ll find world-class artists creating it in Lubbock. Home to the first designated cultural district in Texas, the “Hub City” is a bona fide destination for art lovers. Inspired by Lubbock’s isolated nature and its pioneering spirit, the city’s artists don’t follow the latest trends; they create them. Art may be just about everywhere in the “Hub City,” but here are a few of the best ways you can experience Lubbock’s arts scene for yourself.
Follow the First Friday Art Trail
Although you can experience the heart and soul of the “Hub City’s” thriving arts scene at just about any time, you won’t want to miss the First Friday Art Trail. This monthly event held the first Friday of the month from 6 – 9 p.m. (rain or shine), is a free, self-guided exploration of 16 art galleries and studios which showcase the spectacular works of local artists. Admire illustrations, paintings, and mosaics at Glassey Alley and visit with artists where they ply their trades at the Charles Adams Studio Project’s Live/Work Studios. Next, visit Art for Goodness Sake to get a look at painted stained glass, vintage collages, sculptures, photography, wood carvings, and more.
Not only is the First Friday Art Trail a great way to experience Lubbock’s art, it also makes for a fun night out with live music and local food trucks. Since the art exhibits change from month to month, there’s always something new to see.