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The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival

The 2017 Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is set for Friday, April 7 from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Saturday, April 8 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM along The Woodlands Waterway and in Town Green Park in The Woodlands Town Center. Adult weekend passes are $15.00, and children 12 and under are admitted free. New for 2016, the Terrace Hospitality Club, presented by Glade Gallery, is $75, and includes 3 day entrance, small bites, refreshments and more! Festival tickets available online on March 1st. Cash & credit at all gates and some food vendors. Beverage vendors cash only. See a list of 2017 Waterway Arts Festival participants.

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

The 2017 Featured Artist will be selected in the late fall of 2016.


Well over 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.

Once again, the Festival hours are Friday, April 7 from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Saturday, April 8 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Admission for adults $15 for a three-day pass, and admission for children under 12 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 2017 Waterway Arts Festival are finalized. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Artist: Kelly Faltemayer

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 2016, the featured artist was Julia Gilmore, of Montreal, Québec, Canada. Julia Gilmore's artistic vision can be attributed to the juxtaposition of her rural roots and a sophisticated urban background. Raised in a small New Hampshire town, Julia migrated north to Montreal. Completing a Fine Arts Degree at Concordia University, she flourished in the Montreal art scene; staging several successful solo art shows as well as participating in numerous group exhibitions. Julia's work is represented by several U.S. galleries and hangs in a number of private and corporate collections. Julia's style is bold, minimal, representational oil paintings with affection for rich colors and textures. Julia says, "Looking forward to packing my bold, oil paintings and my trusty border collie Lucky in the lime green Honda Element leaving the snow of Canada and pointing south to the Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival! Please visit my booth!"


For 2015, the featured artist was 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."


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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