The Front Row: Hot Wheels and Hot Rods

Apr 9, 2018

The Lubbock Arts Festival takes place this weekend at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Elizabeth Regner, Executive Director of the Lubbock Arts Alliance, visits with The Front Row to talk more about the event.

The Lubbock Arts Festival is a real tradition in Lubbock. How many is this?

This is going to be the fortieth anniversary at the Lubbock Arts Festival, if you can believe that…

We’re very excited because it’s going to be an absolutely incredible event. It is Saturday, April the 14th, from 10 in the morning to 7 in the evening. And Sunday from noon until 5 and that’s April 15th at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, which as been our home for many, many years. We use that entire space for the Arts Festival. We bring in artists from all over the nation to sell their works. We have different performing artists. We have this incredible children’s art activity area and every year we pick a special theme to keep us going. This year we’re on a roll with the festival, so we’re celebrating “Hot Wheels and Hot Rods.”

What is the arts festival? Take us through it.

I think the most important thing is when you’ve arrived, you know you’ve arrived. You’re at the Civic Center…You walk through the doors and you’re going to be greeted by this large art of automobiles. And you turn to the left and go through the exhibition hall and you’ll see these incredible artisans selling pottery and jewelry and photography and painting. You can actually stop and talk to them about their art and their process. As you make your way around, you’ll see this Barbie exhibit—because as you know, the man who invented Hot Wheels, his wife invented Barbie. So, we can’t celebrate Hot Wheels without a Barbie tribute as well.

Listen to the full interview at the top of the article.