Saturday, January 8, 2011

2011 The year ahead...

We are now a full week into the new year and past the First Friday Art Trail for January so this might be a good time to look ahead. Tornado Gallery has tried to be a leader in the art scene in Lubbock going on 4 years in April-4 years that is amazing. The support for our little project has been overwhelming, the crowds for the Art Walks are tremendous, the attendance and participation for the Downtown Art Market always amazes me. Now we have Sandstorm Glassworks, with artists Lee Ware and Bren Merritt, a fully functioning glass hot shop, right here in downtown Lubbock, not since Bill Bagley at TTU have we had this opportunity. Our little corner of the world just continues to get better. Watch for workshops and demos from visiting glass artists in 2011.

So what will 2011 bring well health and well being we hope, for all our friends. The return of the Art Parts Party, another summer of live events in Peggy's Garden,workshops from Sandstorm Glassworks are but a few ideas we are playing with. A new beginning for Plasma Art in Lubbock-a collaborative effort with Tony Greer and Lee Ware, this is a leading edge media and we are extremely proud of these two gentlemen for not only pushing that envelope but creating the envelope as well.

We'll have a presence at the 33rd Lubbock Arts Festival-that's a first for us and we are looking forward to that stellar event. 33 years folks that is a long tradition of showcasing the art here in Lubbock. This is the type of community event that brings all the arts together and showcases the talent here in the city. We are proud of the participation we've had and look forward to being more involved as a vendor.

The Downtown Art Market will stay a vital project from Tornado Gallery. We will be focusing on promoting the quality and diversity of handmade art from Lubbock and area artists. In addition during the farmers market season, July through October, look for more growers and a wider variety of Texas agricultural products to be on hand here. We'll be getting into our third year in May.

We would like to see everyone come down to Tornado Gallery during the year ahead and just say "Hello", bring the family and see what we have to offer you.

Thanks for a wonderful 2010...