Artists arrive with works of art at the annual Art of the Llano Estacado exhibition – news – Lubbock Avalanche-Journal


Collectors and others with an appreciation for the visual arts often attend art exhibitions. It is not often, however, that they can also meet and chat with men and women who have created their favorite works of art among those on display.

This is just one of the attractions of the fifth annual Llano Estacado Art Show-Sale, an annual fundraiser that includes a buffet dinner prepared by Top Tier and entertainment by the Alma Quartet at 6 p.m. Friday in the Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court at the Museum of Texas Tech, 3301 Fourth St. The event will highlight 200 original works of art by 42 Southwestern artists, representing a wide variety of styles and media.

Tickets cost $ 150 and will be sold until Wednesday. Those interested in participating should call Jouana Stravlo at 742-2443 or email [email protected]

Art not sold on Friday will be made available to the general public on a first come, first claimed basis during a follow-up exhibition and sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 29. .

Stravlo, executive director of the Museum of Texas Tech Association, revealed, “Ninety-five percent of the artists (participants) usually attend. Buying a work of art and meeting the artist makes the work even more special. Often, buyers learn a story. behind the artwork. Customers love to get to know the artist who created the art they bought. “

Art on the Llano Estacado is also a major fundraiser for the Museum of Texas Tech. Stravlo explained, “Each artist is invited to bring a minimum of two works of art, and no more than six pieces each. Each artist sets the price for their own work of art. When a work is sold, 70 per percent of the proceeds goes to the artist, and 30 percent goes to the Tech Museum Association.

“The contributions collected help the Museum of Texas Tech Association provide quality exhibits, new acquisitions and free educational programs to residents of Lubbock and the surrounding community. “

Several participating artists return each year. They understand:

* Rosie Sandifer – “I’ve been at the show every year since it started in 2014. I love showing my art at the University Museum, where the work is always presented in a professional manner. And I love seeing all of the people. who I grew up with, as well as meeting newcomers to Lubbock. “

* Susan Nall – This is my fourth year exhibiting in the Art on the Llano Estacado exhibition. I feel honored to be part of such famous artists. As always, my dream is for someone to come in and see something that I have painted, to stop dead and not be able to leave without the painting. As for this show, the animators are wonderful to work with. And having an exhibit through the Tech Museum is absolutely priceless. “

Stravlo noted that the fundraiser was modeled five years ago on a Night of Artists fundraiser in San Antonio, hosted by the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

Lubbock artist Erika Pochybova provided more story. “This is my fifth year of being included. (Co-artist) James W. Johnson and I were heavily involved in organizing the first Art on the Llano Estacado exhibition. We felt our community was running out of events. of this nature, where many supporters of art and art lovers could meet more than 40 quality artists from Texas and the surrounding states in person and appreciate their work.

“It not only promotes art within the community, but more importantly the Tech Museum and the Tech Museum Association to a larger and more diverse demographic.”

Stravlo said the event traditionally attracted between 200 and 300 art supporters and added: “This is the perfect venue to present the museum. Forty-two works by artists offer an array of paintings and sculptures by high quality, traditional and contemporary, in various styles. … The art on the Llano Estacado has proven to be fruitful and profitable for our organization. “

Each year, the Art on the Llano Estacado exhibit sees the Tech Museum Association present a Legacy Award. Following past laureates Glenna Goodacre, Paul Milosevich, James Watkins and Sandifer, the 2018 Legacy Award winner Garland Weeks.

Vietnam veteran born in Amarillo in 1942, Weeks noted that he graduated from Tech in 1967 with a degree in agricultural economics. While working in his field of study after serving his country, Weeks began sculpting after hours and on weekends “as a hobby”.

In 1978, he recalls, he “took the plunge” and began professionally sculpting.

“Wow,” was his immediate reaction to learning of his reward. He said, “To be so honored in my adopted hometown is the icing on the cake.”

Notice, his past accomplishments are many. He noted, “I am the only technology graduate elected to the National Sculpture Society (1990) to be a full member.” He was promoted to Fellow status in 2004 and elected to the sculpture society’s board of directors in 2009.

Weeks added, “I was a full member of the National Academy of Western Art in 1990 and was designated an Official Sculptor of the State of Texas by the State of Texas Legislature in 1995.”

His many accomplishments include an “Old Yeller” monument to Mason; a sculpture in Hutchinson, Kansas, depicting astronaut Gene Cernan as the last man to descend from the moon; two monuments in South Carolina representing General Francis Marion, aka The Swamp Fox, famous for the War of Independence; a memorial for the Texas Medical Association in Austin; and a monument to early 20th century pioneers in Wichita Falls.

Working into his 70s, Weeks said he had lost none of his passion for creation and cited plans for an upcoming unveiling and future work, including sculpture projects for Tech and West Texas A&M. University, as well as a Klamath Indian monument for Klamath Falls, Oregon.

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