Artist spotlight from 41st Annual Lubbock Arts Festival: From Abernathy to Peru

Artist Spotlight from Lubbock Arts Festival

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The 41st Annual Lubbock Arts Festival will last from April 13-14. About 150 artists from all over the world are expected to come to Lubbock.

Dyan Newton is a local artist who’s been coming to the festival for about 10 years. She said she paints, “acrylics and watercolors. I’ve been painting over 40 years, well, about 40 years.”

She is from Abernathy. She explained how first got interested in painting. “There was a girl down the street painting on wood. So that got me interested. Did that. Then across the room they were painting on canvas. So, it started there. And from there, I took classes.”

Her style evolved and she learned something different from each class and teacher. Just recently, Newton said she was invited to travel 3,700 miles to teach others how to paint. “This year I got invited to-- I thought the lady was crazy because she said, ‘can you come up to Anchorage, Alaska to teach a two day class?’ and I thought, sure.”

Newton also teaches classes locally. She said the best part is, “I just love to teach them what I know. See the excitement they get. I tell them not to give up. Because, I’ve been there, done that. Pretty much, if they have the desire, that’s all it takes.”

Jay Kortsch is another artist that is attending the festival for the sixth year.

He makes butterfly displays. He explained why his butterflies are unique. “All of my butterflies come from Peru. Where they're 25 percent of all the species in world.”

It’s more than 3,500 miles to Peru. Kortsch said he splits his time living between Peru and his home in New Mexico.

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