Featured Artist: Tim Oliver

This year’s featured artist is Tim Oliver, a landscape architect and owner of a design/build landscape firm in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in 1983 from Texas Tech University. Tim has always enjoyed drawing and sketching, and in recent years, he has developed a love of the watercolor medium. He is passionate about communicating the character and emotion of a place through on-location or ‘en plein air’ sketching and painting. He is an award-winning watercolorist and founding member and contributor to Urban Sketchers Lubbock, a regional affiliate blog site of the international organization Urban Sketchers.

While Tim will sketch or paint anything that stirs emotion and passion within him, he is drawn to things western, rural, gritty and seemingly mundane. Having lived in West Texas, Northern Arizona and Eastern Canada, Tim draws on his fond memories and reminiscences of those places in much of his art. Anything evocative of a ‘time long passed by’ will always capture his attention.

Tim holds Signature membership in the National Watercolor Society and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. He is also an exhibiting member of the Outdoor Painters Society, the GAS Painting Group, the West Texas Watercolor Society as well as associate member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the American Impressionist Society.

“As a recorder of one’s surroundings, it’s often easy to push the experience beyond whats needed in any particular work. Tim’s paintings hit that sweet spot between too little and overworked. His choices in how he interprets what he sees and the mood he inspires in the viewer is a clear indicator that he’s an observer at all times—something that’s not easily taught. His control, restraint and painterly approach, combined with his eagerness to move his painting forward, is something I enjoy immensely.”
–Iain Stewart, NWS, from Watercolor Artist Magazine

Special Performing Artist: Moon Mermaid

Moon Mermaid brings a magical world of entertainment you will never forget! Born of the moon and the sea in the blue waters of the Mediterranean, Moon Mermaid first surfaced in 2003 where she began entertaining and performing for humans as one of the world’s first solo performing mermaids. Since then Moon has been spotted all over the country—entertaining and being featured in countless magazines, books, on television and even seen in movies! Not only does Moon provide swimming mermaid entertainment, she also offers pirate entertainment with her mystical 28-foot mermaid lagoon, enchanting themed props and more. Moon loves to bring her magical world to you in her 40-foot-long mermaid tank, which happens to be the largest in the world, for an experience you will never forget!

39th Annual Lubbock Arts Festival

April 22-23, 2017
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Lubbock, TX 79401


Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12 to 5 p.m.


Tickets available at the door
$4 for adults
Children 12 and under FREE (when accompanied by an adult)