Holly mail art show gets stamp of approval
Buddy Holly’s influence has been felt throughout Lubbock since the second annual Buddy Holly Music Festival kicked off Thursday.
A mail art exhibit titled ”The Day the Music Died” opened Sunday at the Lubbock Fine Arts Center, 2600 Ave. P. Admission is free and the exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 3.
Mail art refers to art work submitted by mail, usually in thematic fashion.
”The art can be inside the envelope, or it can be the envelope itself,” said center Director Connie Gibbons. ”Some mail art pieces are meant to be opened, and some are not. A lot of people do designs using rubber stamps or unique postage stamps.
”There have been galleries doing mail art shows for years, but this is our first. And I’ve met a lot of people who do only mail art, and it is a very, very serious endeavor for them.”
Gibbons received advice from Lubbock architect Michael Martin, who has participated in many mail art exhibitions. Using his mailing list and Internet sites, she compiled the names of artists to be invited. A total of 149 took part in the Lubbock exhibit.
Works in ”The Day the Music Died” represent various media, including photography, printmaking, ceramics, collage and painting. The Lubbock Fine Arts Center received art from Russia, Germany, Japan and Great Britain.
Pieces also came from Lubbock, San Marcos and Colorado and Florida.
Gibbons and her staff members have been somewhat surprised by the diversity of interpretations of the exhibition’s theme. Most associate the title with the lyrics in Don McLean’s ”American Pie,” in which he refers to Buddy Holly’s death – in a 1959 plane crash – as the day the music died.
”But it’s not a direct reference,” Gibbons pointed out. ”We’ve received a lot of pieces that include drawings or pictures of Buddy Holly. But the phrase also was associated with other things, other people. For example, we’ve received one piece that is not about Buddy Holly but instead devoted to Frank Zappa.
”And to tell the truth, that’s really what we wanted. Yes, the exhibit was planned in conjunction with the Buddy Holly Music Festival. But we’re excited by the wide range of responses to the overall theme. We wondered how all of these different artists would respond to that phrase.”
By WILLIAM KERNS
A-J Entertainment Editor