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14th Annual The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival on April 13 & 14

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THE WOODLANDS, TXSpring is almost here! The premier arts event in The Woodlands, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, is a popular springtime tradition, now in its 14th year, that will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, April 14 from 10 am – 5 pm along The Woodlands Waterway and in Town Green Park.

“Each year, The Woodlands Arts Council along with hundreds of dedicated volunteers, transforms The Woodlands Waterway into an outdoor art gallery, featuring the original works of over 200 juried fine artists from around the country,” said Kelly Batterson, Festival Director. “Representing a wide variety of styles and mediums, including painting, drawing, photography, wood, glass, clay, fiber and jewelry, the festival attracts up to 15,000 art lovers each year. Purchase tickets online now and receive a $3 discount off the gate price.”

Tickets for the whole weekend’s festivities are now available online for $15 at www.thewoodlandsartscouncil.org. The price at the gate will be $18. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Enjoy a VIP Experience all weekend by purchasing a $75 ticket to the Terrace Hospitality Suite, a shaded art oasis where you can meet up with friends and savor small bites and libations.  You can also purchase tickets to one of the most fun, casual and creative events of the year – the VIP Art Dash Party on Friday, April 12 at The Pavilion Event Center.

 

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In addition to the highest quality and selection of artwork, there will be live musical performances on four stages, featuring a full schedule of renowned Texas regional entertainers. Other popular attractions include Artopoly, where children of all ages can make their own works of art to take home.  The Early Inspiration Gallery provides a variety of student artwork that children ages 5-12 may purchase for $5 to start their own art collections and develop an early appreciation for the arts. And for all those foodies out there, the Art of Food will showcase some of the finest chefs in the area hosting culinary demonstrations and tastings. YUM!

NEW this year will be Spotlight on Mexico, generously sponsored by Don Julio Tequila, world’s first luxury tequila, and La Costeña Foods, the leading canned food products company in Mexico. Visit this specially curated “living museum” in Town Green Park and discover the vibrant culture of Mexico through art exhibits and demonstrations, live music, food and tequila tastings and more!

Another highlight will be the Warriors in Art Community Art Project, facilitated by The Woodlands Art League. This 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization was started last fall by a Marine and Air Force veteran to enrich the lives of military veterans through the visual arts. The Woodlands Art League will assist with engaging festival-goers in helping create a hands-on art project that brings awareness to Warriors in Art’s unique mission. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this collaboration with our veterans.

Fulfilling The Woodlands Arts Council’s mission to educate the youth of our community about the arts and culture, each year thousands of dollars in art scholarships are awarded to high school students in the Student Art Scholarship Competition. The winning entries will be on display at the Student Art Scholarship Exhibit at the festival.

 

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For all the latest updates on The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, visit www.thewoodlandsartscouncil.org and visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The continued success of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is made possible by the generous support of our anchor sponsors: The Woodlands Development Company, a division of The Howard Hughes Corporation; Stella Artois, the official beer of the Festival, and Visit The Woodlands.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Jenny C. Wright at 281-744-0194. For festival updates, tickets purchases of additional information, log on to www.thewoodlandsartscouncil.org.

The Woodlands Arts Council provides regional cultural and educational enrichment opportunities that encourage, support and promote the performing and visual arts in our community. From the award-winning Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival to the year-round community and educational outreach programs of Because Art Matters, the council has one primary goal….making our community better, Because Art Matters!

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