The town square in Slaton, Texas, frequently holds visual and performing arts delights. This square is becoming very well known! Several folks from the SoA have found Slaton a nice, little town in which to live—-a close commute to TTU, but Sara Waters, Professor in Art, has slowly but uniquely turned the square, with a little help from her friends, into an art haven with her waterSpace north and waterSpace south. Von Venhuizen, Associate Professor in Art, also has a studio gallery on this square.
Slaton Exhibit- Sara Waters
Before Waters found Slaton, Texas, she just wanted space to pursue her research. In 1996, she began renting in downtown Lubbock, but “wherever the arts are, the rent goes up. ” she explains.
After trying another location in the Depot District, a student suggested she look in Slaton.
Waters found a lovely inverted L-shaped building complete with a small park in front. She began renting one side in 2003, later purchasing both sides of her “marvelous”building in 2005.
The building had over 5,000 slick, shiny square feet which used to house a furniture store in the 1920’s. The last enterprise in the building was a candle factory (which explained the floors— no longer slick). She named it water Space south. In 2007, another building cater-corner from her first building, caught her eye. She purchased this building naming it water Space north. Both colleagues and students began using her spaces to exhibit their artistic endeavors.
Meanwhile, Scotty Hensler, MFA candidate, began promoting arts on the Slaton Square bringing the mayor and local businesses into the picture. In 2007, the Fifth Friday Slaton Art & Music Exhibit was born. More Fifth Fridays have followed in February and October, both in 2008. Another Fifth Friday is planned for 2009.    read more >>