The Lubbock Arts Alliance, Reagor Dykes Auto Group and the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce kicked off Lubbock Arts Festival Week with a ribbon cutting on Friday, in front of the Hot Wheels-themed window display at 1212 Ave. J, the former Hemphill Wells building.
Kim Davis, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce 2017 ambassador chairwoman, said at the event the Hemphill Wells building used to be known for its window displays. Since RD-7, Bart Reagor and Rick Dyke's development company with other key managers, began redeveloping the old store, they brought back the tradition.
“Again, we have a great display here for Art Festival Week," Davis said.
The window display showcases the “Chrome to Canvas” art by featured artist Shannon “Shan” Fannin and stylish cars, previewing this year’s festival theme.
At the festival, engineering firm Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, students from the engineering classes at Monterey High School and Mattel Toy Co. will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Record for longest, continuous Hot Wheels track at the Arts Festival, according to a news release.
Over 150 visual artists will also share their work in painting, drawing, pottery, fiber, leather, jewelry, glass, wood and sculpture.
At the ribbon cutting, Lubbock Arts Alliance Executive Director Elizabeth Regner recalled when she first met Bart Reagor, co-owner of Reagor Dykes Auto Group, three years ago. She said she asked if he would be interested in having the alliance put together window displays for his new downtown properties.
“He said, ‘Yeah, bring it on!’ followed by a high five," Regner said with a laugh. "That’s how this started three years ago.”
She said that initial conversation lead to a wonderful partnership.
“For a car guy and a football guy, I think you’re an art guy, too," Regner said to Reagor.
Reagor said he and his team enjoy supporting the Lubbock arts scene, which he said adds significant culture to the city.
“We’ve got to get more things for people to do in Lubbock besides go to the movies or a football game. I think we’re doing that," Reagor said. "More and more people are coming to Lubbock and finding it’s a great place to visit and live.”
The 40th Annual Lubbock Arts Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Admission is $4 for adults, and children 12 and under are admitted for free with a paid, accompanying adult.