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First Friday Art Trail showcases local, national artists

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The First Friday Art Trail brings together artists and art-goers every first Friday of the month.

The event is a self-guided art tour, showcasing the work of visionaries from across Lubbock, the nation and the world.

"It happens at 16 different venues across mainly downtown. Arts, live music, a little bit of everything, very family friendly," Lindsey Maestri, the executive director of the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA), said.

It attracts anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 people each month, Maestri said. This Friday, LHUCA put on four new shows, and students from Texas Tech's School of Art sold their creations. There was also a performance by the Lubbock High Orchestra and a visit from Santa.

"I think First Friday Art trail is such an incredible experience for our local and regional artists, because it gives them the opportunity to exhibit their work and really have the public experience it," Maestri said.

Chad Plunket, the director of the Charles Adams Studio Project, it featured the MFA thesis show of Tech student Kelly Reyna, and prints sold by the Texas Tech Print Club.

He said the event receives a lot of support from the community.

"A lot of people come out, and so artists that aren't from Lubbock are really blown away with the attendance that we have. I mean, thousands of people come out to see the work and that's just encouraging," Plunket said.

One thing he said he loves about First Friday is that every month is different.

"So, if you come out one month and don't like it and come out the next, you'll see something you like. I think you'd be hard pressed not to find something you find engaging or that you've never seen before."  

LHUCA and the Charles Adams Studio Project will be hosting more events throughout the month. For a calendar of LHUCA events, click here. On Saturday, Dec. 14, Charles Adams will host "Print your own Holiday Cards" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Helen DeVitt Jones Print Studio. 

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