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The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival

The 2015 Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is set for Friday, April 10 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Sunday, April 12, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM along The Woodlands Waterway and in Town Green Park in The Woodlands Town Center. Adult tickets are $12.00, a Weekend pass is $15.00, and children 12 and under are admitted free. Cash only at all gates and food vendors. See a list of 2015 Waterway Arts Festival participants.

Don't Miss the Tenth Annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival!

For 2015, the featured artist is Sean Brown, of Denver, Colorado. Sean says, "a whimsical attitude characterizes my artwork. Stylized imagery, often inspired by African, Aztec and Egyptian as well as contemporary pop culture, is the starting point. To this is added a liberal use of vibrant color, interesting shape as well as delightful pattern. The unique use of form and juxtaposition of textures reflects the sophistication that is achieved through attention to detail and deliberate use of materials. Combinations of soft, ethereal feathers complement the hard, slick ceramic glaze surface. Gemstone beads and found objects add yet another layer of visual interest."


Approximately 200 fine artists are expected to showcase their works from many mediums including clay pottery, digital art, drawings, fiber and glassworks, jewelry, leather tooling and metalworks as well as painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and wood carvings and constructions. Student Art is also juried and displayed at the festival, with prizes awarded at a special presentation.


More than 15,000 people attend the Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival each year, earning the Festival a #1 in Texas and #3 Fine Arts Festival ranking out of nearly 600 festivals nationwide by the internationally published ArtFair Source Book in the Fine Art and Fine Craft category. Patrons enjoy performing arts and live entertainment throughout the festival weekend.


As part of the fun, The Woodlands Art League and The Woodlands Children's Museum will plan a range of children’s events hosted in the "Artopoly!" tent in Town Green Park. They come up with some pretty interactive and entertaining activities for the kids.


There is also The Art of Food; a "foodie" stage where select local chefs will demonstrate their skills and promote their restaurants to the festival attendees. The 16 Art of Food Chef Demonstrations will take place in Town Green Park, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.


In addition to the Waterway Arts Festival, be sure to check out the activities available in Waterway Square on Saturday evening. This free, ungated area of the Festival will host BAM! Jam! from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. BAM (Because Art Matters) is the community and educational outreach arm of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, formed to provide cultural enrichment through the arts for residents of Montgomery County and the neighboring region, by creating a strong and vital arts presence in the area. Enjoy interactive drum circle stations from bongos to body beats, junkyard percussion to featured artists from the Sam Houston State University Steel Drum Band, the Percussion Studio and Conroe Independent School District drumlines. Plan to make an evening of it by stopping by one of the many nearby Waterway restaurants to grab a quick meal, then enjoy listening to some great music!

Once again, the Festival hours are from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Friday, Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Sunday, April 12, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Admission for adults is $12.00 per person, or $15 for a two-day pass, and admission for children under twelve is free. Ample parking will be available, therefore those attending the Festival are prohibited from parking in the Market Street (HEB) parking lot. Free public parking is available at the Waterway Square Parking Garage at Waterway Square Drive and Fountains Plaza, the GE lot on Grogan's Mill Road and Lake Robbins Drive, and at Lake Robbins and Six Pines across from the Fidelity building. Finally, The Arts Festival asks that you do not bring pets to the event. For more information, visit The Woodlands Waterway Art Festival Website.

Please note information on this page is subject to change as plans for the 2015 Waterway Arts Festival are finalized. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

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The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is an annual, two-day outdoor celebration of the visual and performing arts with an average attendance in excess of 15,000. In 2015, for the 10th anniversary, the festival was expanded to three days, including Friday. Recognized among the best outdoor juried visual arts events in Texas, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival also offers a variety of art activities for children and adults, live cultural performances, and tantalizing culinary offerings. More than 200 fine artists from across the nation and other countries are showcased in this juried fine art event. Their works of art are available for purchase throughout the Festival area.


For 2014, the featured artist was Willsea O’Brien Glass, Paul Willsea and Carol O’Brien, of Naples, New York. Willsea O’Brien Glass has two different styles of work, a combination of blown and cast glass. A cast base is joined hot to a blown bubble. The bubble is either opened into a bowl or stretched and opened into a vase. The color work in the bubble develops into a pattern defining the shape of the bowl as it is blown and spun. For over 20 years, they have worked together as artists with glass as the primary source of expression. The art of Paul and Carol has developed to where their glass is recognized all over the world. The Willsea-O’Briens attribute their success in art and marriage to "not taking themselves too seriously, a shared sense of humor, and love."


Amos Amit was named Featured Artist for 2012. Amos Amit has established himself as one of the leading batik artists in this country. Art critics and collectors alike have praised his unique style and highly refined technique. Amos has received numerous prestigious national and international awards and his works are a part of many prominent collections.


Steven Potts of Palmetto, Georgia was honored as the Featured Artist for 2011. Steven specializes in creative wood vessels turned from exotic and unusual domestic woods. He has won numerous awards at shows around the world, including Second Place at the Houston Bayou City Art Festival in 2007 and Best in Show at the Bayou City Art Festival in 2008. Steven says, "Every tree, every branch has a story to tell, so... even if its life has ended we can preserve it, and it will continue to live, and show its beauty forever."


The Featured Artist for the 2010 Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival was Bulgarian-born Canadian Tanya Doskova. Her work can be found all over the world, and in 2010 Tanya Doskova won an Award of Excellence in The Communication Arts Illustration Annual Competition. Tanya has won many prestigious awards including the John Purcell Prize for best lithograph, the Cannon Canada Gold Award, the Readers Digest Merit Award for Editorial Illustration and the Adobe Systems Gold Award to name a few. This was the first year that a digital artist was featured.


The 2009 Waterway Arts Festival included a Floating Art Parade with the theme "Outer Space." Participants were asked to design and create a float reflecting this theme. Festival jurors voted for the best entry, which received The Waterway Cup, a unique piece of art designed by one of the festival artists. Rod Garrett, an acrylic sculptor from Grant, Florida, was the Featured Artist for the fourth annual event. For more than 35 years, Garrett has worked with acrylic creating sculptures with the illusions of continuous movement and coloration that reveals itself differently with every angle. Rod carves, colorizes and shapes each sculpture entirely by hand in his studio, rendering wonderful one-of-a-kind creations. Rod has been a previous Best of Show award winner at The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival.

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