Over 5,000 people expected at 21st Annual Artist Studio Tour next weekend


Art lovers and Christmas shoppers look forward to the annual Take in the Local Color fall event! Visit of the Lubbock artist’s studio.

Forty-two artists will take part in eight studios at the 21st annual event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on November 12.

Lubbock Arts Alliance Executive Director Elizabeth Regner estimates that more than 5,000 art lovers and curious citizens will enjoy a unique opportunity to observe artists in working environments, many of which are private homes.

Between four and six artists will exhibit and sell their work at each location.

More hope to participate every year. Indeed, Studio Tour started small, the brains of local artists; the arts alliance accepted control as the event continued to grow. Avoiding accusations of favoritism, Regner hires a non-local arts professional as an independent juror.

Juror Kristine Thueson, of Wichita Falls, was aware that only eight of the 12 contestants could be hosts. Thueson also observed the work of more than 70 artists who applied, with 42 places available.

Photographer Mitchell Wachtel, one of five artists at the Robert Rogers Studio. is a first-time participant.

He laughed stating that his only problem had nothing to do with art. On the contrary, Wachtel, as a new participant, volunteered to provide wine. He delivered and was advised to leave the white wines outside to cool. Call it early fun… for someone. It was two nights before Halloween, but Wachtel was tricked when a stranger ran off with the wine left outside.

A digital photographer, Wachtel works every day and says, “Like most photographers, I destroy 90% of the photos I take.”

His style makes him work a lot with Photoshop. He said, “After that, I get rid of another half.”

From there, he creates metal prints, most of which are too large to frame. His best works, he concluded, “suggest an air, a kind of associated music”. Past examples include jazz trumpeter Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew,” or The Cranberries’ “Dreams,” and yes, he shares those musical partnerships with potential buyers.

Painter Tim Oliver paid his dues as a rookie on the Studio Tour in 2016, noting, “I didn’t know what to expect, but I had a great time.

“So many people came. I sold a lot of my art.”

Oliver plans to showcase nearly 20 paintings during the Studio Tour weekend. A change: this year, he will first show all his work at Studio Tour, then, if there are any left over, he will transport them to his gallery in Fort Davis.

The entertainer loved the social aspect, recalling that he made lots of new friends on both days. “What really struck me,” Oliver said, “is that everyone was there to watch the art. The art brought everyone together, and that doesn’t happen very often.”

He will exhibit again at the Linda Jackson Studio, where it doesn’t matter that four of the six artists presented are painters.

On the contrary, he thinks: “Whenever artists come together, there is a synergy. We just speak the same language.”

Jackson, Oliver added, is the perfect studio host. He explained: “She cleans everything in her house. … Then people start hammering nails into her walls and the woman doesn’t even flinch. She just says, ‘Do what you have to do.’ I’ll fix it later. “

Photographer Melinda Harvey defined the part of Studio Tour she loves the most: “People who care about what we do and the art we make come through. They really want to talk to us, and vice versa.”

Award-winning artist Gale Webb has participated in the Studio Tour “almost every year since it began”. She attends a few other shows, other than the annual summer fundraiser for the Museum of Texas Tech.

“Lubbock is full of very talented artists,” she said, “and there really aren’t enough galleries here to show them all. I really like the cozy atmosphere during the weekend. end Studio Tour; there’s not a lot of stress or pressure. So a lot of people make it a point to come. It’s just a great way for people who love art to learn more about this you are doing.

Webb brought 14 more of his paintings to a framer a month in advance “just to make sure everything would be ready”.

Like Oliver, she exhibits in Jackson’s studio, where she said: “Every painter has a different style. Everyone is a supportive friend, and it’s so much fun to display your art in a place where no one ever seems threatening or competitive. . It really is one of my favorite events.”


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