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Artist Erin Hanson to showcase vibrant, textural Landscapes

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is set for April 7 and 8, 2018 at Town Green Park and along The Woodlands Waterway. Over 200 juried artists, including Featured Artist Erin Hanson, will showcase their original works of art in a wide variety of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, glass, clay works and more. Enjoy live music and entertainment on four stages, Artopoly children’s educational activities, the Student Art Exhibition, the Art of Food, a Craft Beer Garden and delicious delights from a selection of local restaurants.

This year, the Festival welcomes an extraordinary oil painter as Featured Artist. Erin Hanson creates vibrant and evocative paintings that are showstoppers. She began studying art as a young girl in California, showing precocious talent. She received a high school art scholarship to Otis College of Art, immersing herself in figure drawing. Graduating from high school at age 16, Hanson attended UC Berkeley, excelling in her creative development while attaining a degree in Bioengineering.

After graduation, Hanson entered the art field, inspired by landscapes and vantage points only viewed by the most adventurous. Her experience of rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon led to a maturation of her style which takes inspiration from the forces of nature.




For the past decade, she has developed a unique, minimalist technique of placing impasto paint strokes without layering, known as “Open-Impressionism.” She is credited as the pioneer and originator of this contemporary style. Her works are in museum collections from California to Connecticut. She has exhibited in galleries and festivals throughout the U.S., winning many awards and accolades. In addition, she has lectured, published three books and fulfilled many corporate commissions.

Hanson is creating a collection of Texas landscapes for the 2018 Arts Festival, bringing a fresh look through abstract mosaics of color and texture.

Don’t miss this spectacular event and the opportunity to view Erin Hanson’s exquisite paintings at Booth #301. Tickets and more information are available online at Weekend passes are $15 online, or $17 at the gate. Seniors may purchase discounted tickets, and children 12 and under are admitted free.

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!