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Lubbock Nativity Exhibit

Sara Lindsay found out the hard way.

There is no money in art, she said Friday during the Lubbock Nativity exhibit at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Lindsay grew up in a family of artists, she said.

“Everyone in my family except for one brother was very artistic,” Lindsay said. “I went to Utah State hoping to become an illustrator.”

But after taking one sculpture course, Lindsay said she fell in love.

“I started sculpting and thought it was something I was born to do,” she said. “For me, it was my first time experiencing three-dimensional objects. It was amazing.”

It felt like home, she said. Molding clay and creating three-dimensional objects and people, like the piece she was sculpting Friday, came naturally, she said.


“Right now, I’m just working on a face,” she said.

As she used tools to shape the face of her piece, she explained to exhibit visitors how she was unsure of what it would become. Her original plan was to shape it into Mary, she said. But her face has a non-nurturing feel, she said. Her backup idea is to make the piece into an angel, she said. Sometime during her college career, Sara met her husband, David Lindsay. Shortly after, they married and had their first child while both attending Utah State, she said.

“We moved to Portland and became starving artists,” Lindsay said. “We didn’t make very much money over two years, but we made a lot of artwork.”

Much like his wife, David grew up with a constant art utensil in hand, he said. His love of art grew into a profession and he and Sara ended up in Lubbock with six kids, David said.

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This is the 6th year for the Lubbock Nativity exhibit and for David to run the local artist’s gallery section. Lindsay said they’ve both had a constant artistic presence each year.

“When my husband and I were doing the room last year, we noticed we had fewer artists than we were anticipating,” she said.

This year, her husband had an oil painting on display of Joseph, Mary and Jesus as well as a collaborative piece with his wife.

“I do have two more pieces in here that are not much like the pieces you’re seeing,” Sara said.

The couple said they love art, but they’ve learned not to rely on it to pay bills. Sara said the money isn’t important. It’s the passion that drives them, she said.

“We are very successful as artists, but it has no monetary gain,” Sara said.



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Flatlands Film Festival

I was able to talk to a few people who were very involved with the Lubbock Flatlands Film Festival. Here is a short vide about it that I made for class.

The festival is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Lubbock to enjoy film and interact with artists who would not otherwise be in the city. I hope this wonderful even keeps going for years to come.

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Texas Tech students buzz around campus with word that the new recreational turf fields will begin production this fall.

Shane Walker, president of the Tech Men’s Club Soccer team, said that he is looking forward to being able to host events on the new fields, which will ultimately help benefit Tech Sports Clubs by improving their image and recruiting.

According to an article on Sevacall, turf is ultimately cheaper to maintain overtime  and is also safer when it comes to natural destruction, unlike grass.

Walker said some students have expressed concern with the risk of injuries with turf fields opposed to grass fields.

Justin Shaginaw, athletic trainer for the US Soccer Federation, wrote in a recent article that “there is an increase in the rate of lower extremity injuries. This means that the more traction you get on the field or court, the higher the risk of injury. The common thought is that turf has more traction than grass and therefore we will see more injuries on turf.”


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On the contrary, Walker also said that the benefits with turf fields will outweigh the risks overall.

According to Sevacall’s website, “grass fields develop knots and puddles in inclement weather, which makes tripping a big risk. Turf fields don’t have this problem, which makes running outside, or on a turf track, much safer.”


Reporters: Kaylie Meadows and Brennen McGinty

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Gauging Lubbock’s Reaction to Jeena Roberts’ Bail-Jumping Sentence

With the verdict of a concurrent seven-year sentence to Jeena Roberts after her bail jump, the lenience of it raised some questions.

Did the sentence suggest privilege? Robert Ramirez, the owner of King’s Food & Gas, said he thinks so.

“She’s a young, white female who probably has a pretty good attorney,” he said. “If it was a minority, they would have gotten 15 plus seven for 22 years.”

The recording of Roberts in the cop car’s backseat shows her drunk and recalcitrant. When asked by a police officer about the accident, she denied her crash caused the death of Linda Smalz.

Reggie Russell, a barber at Paul’s Barber Shop, said her decision to flee after her capture was whitewashed with a lie about chasing after her scared dog.

“She tried to run after they arrested her,” Russell said. “They said she was running after dog, but we all know that is not true.”

He said the verdict of a concurrent sentence was even devaluing Smalz’s death.

Victor Hatchett, another barber at Paul’s, said her treatment blatantly highlights a favorable bias towards whites, with a ruling that would have been quite different with a black defendant.

“Once again, man, Lubbock, TX, always show their colors, man—a good ol’ boy system”, he said. “If it had been a young brother or a young sister college student, we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to spend time with our family while on bail.”

He went further and said it underscores a deeper systemic problem, and a time must come for Lubbock to treat its citizens equally with the dignity they deserve.

The verdict was vexing to the community, but especially black Lubbockites who remained skeptical of the sentence’s legitimacy.

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Not so ‘warm and fuzzy’

Lubbock’s music scene has blown away in the west Texas wind since Buddy Holly’s death. The overall community does not embrace it’s local musicians like patrons Fort Worth, Austin or Santa Fe.

Local musicians move from Lubbock to more accepting towns to promote their music career. One of these musicians, Daniel Payne, said he was shocked by the way people treated him in New Mexico because he was a musician. He remembers one family who put himself and a friend up for five nights in their farm house. Payne said the patrons respected that he shared himself and his music with them.

Lubbock-native, Matthew Yugovich, said he is working to bring the “warm and fuzzy” back to Lubbock. His open-air venue offers free music on Sundays from local musicians. The “warm and fuzzy” he refers to is the respect and reverence other communities have for their musicians.

In the Depot District, one might find a folk artist or two performing at La Diosa Cellars or the Blue Light, but the general appreciation for true musicians is scarce in this community. Because these artists are so eager to leave west Texas, Lubbock is left with mediocre country artists and the occasional classic rock legend, like the Eagles on Oct. 29.

So how are Lubbockites to change this stigma? It’s true that we cannot force anything on the unwilling, but that does not mean we cannot get the City of Lubbock to change some things. Places like New Orleans and Austin have streets flooded with gifted, and not-so-gifted, performers. Lubbock has restrictions on street vendors, which includes musicians. There could be one day a week, or even a month, that musicians could line up on Broadway or in the Depot and patrons could listen and support their local musicians.

With these artists fleeing from Lubbock, the community is losing a “warm and fuzzy” feeling about it. It is losing the heart, soul and rhythm that Buddy Holly instilled in this community.

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