If the name, Lubbock, Texas, conjures up visions of wide open spaces and cowboys, a visit to this West Texas town will be a revelation. Closer to New Mexico than to Dallas, Austin or San Antonio, Lubbock offers an impressive arts scene – from the vibrantly decorated dining room at La Diosa Cellars restaurant, to live performances at Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA).
Where else will you find paintings on winery production room walls, a university-based art collection named among the nation’s top 10 public art collections or a one-of-a-kind museum honoring a legendary musician? There’s even Western-inspired art inside the gorgeous visitors’ center at the National Ranching Heritage Center.
Whether you prefer visual or performance artistry, you’ll find plenty of options in Lubbock, including the 10 listed here.
Buddy Holly Center
The Buddy Holly Center — Photo courtesy of Lisa Waterman Gray
No trip to Lubbock would be complete without touring the Buddy Holly Center. See the Gibson guitar used to record his final songs, and his glasses, from Faosa in Mexico. They were found in Clear Lake, Iowa where his plane crashed during a winter storm, also killing Ritchie Valens and Jiles Perry ‘Big Bopper’ Richardson, after their legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom.
Also see Holly’s 1958 Ariel Cyclone Motorcycle, and displays of wood and leather work he created in his spare time. Next door, his childhood residence, the J.I. Allison House, is where “That’ll Be the Day” was written.
First Friday Art Trail
First Friday Art Trail — Photo courtesy of Visit Lubbock
These wildly popular events have placed Lubbock at the center of the Texas art scene. With an ever-changing array of exhibits that reflects every artistic medium, these free, self-guided public events attract collectors, artists, other community members and visitors.
Primarily occurring at art centers, museums, galleries and businesses throughout the Lubbock…