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Charles Adams is retiring from the gallery of the same name in Lubbock | Pro Club Bd

Updated August 5, 2022 at 11:30 am with clarification that the Charles Adams Gallery will not be closed due to Adams’ retirement. The company continues to be owned and operated by Zach Morriss, who is currently a framer in the gallery.

Three days after he turned 80th birthday that Lubbock Avalanche Journal called local arts innovator Charles Adams and inquired about ongoing plans he has for Lubbock’s growing arts district.

“Well, I’m retiring,” he replied. But rest assured, his colleagues have made it clear that he only plans to leave behind his role as gallerist at the Charles Adams Gallery on the corner of Avenue J and Mac Davis Lane. (The shop continues to be owned and operated by Zach Morriss, who is currently the frame in the gallery.)

Adams will remain a key figure in Lubbock’s thriving art scene as a board member of the non-profit Charles Adams Studio Project – with no intention of stepping down – and will forever be the founder of the innovative studio project; It would be near impossible for him to lose that title, said CASP executive director Chad Plunket.

Charles Adams, 80, is the founder of the nonprofit Charles Adams Studio Project.

A lifetime committed to art

For as long as Adams can remember, he has always been passionate about art. He even very briefly recalls wanting to be a creator when he was young, but instead accepted the suggestion of someone who encouraged him to pursue the arts industry in a different but much-needed role.

“So I’m not an artist; I’m an art dealer,” Adams said. “A lot of people don’t know, but there are thousands of ways to make a living from art. You don’t have to be lead guitar; They can be backstage.” In fact, it’s often the characters behind the scenes that make the process that much smoother.

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