3 weeks ago, Apr 03 at 4:30pm

Top Ranked Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival Announces Artist Lineup

by The Woodlands

Texas Artist Terrell Powell Named 2017 Feature Artist

The Woodlands, TX (March 3, 2017) – The 12th Annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, presented by The Woodlands Arts Council (TWAC), offers a weekend escape for art and music enthusiasts of all ages and is scheduled for April 7-9. Proceeds from the festival directly fund Because Art Matters, the year-round community and education outreach programs of TWAC.

Recently ranked in the top five of America’s Best Fine Arts Fairs by ArtFairCalendar.com, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival features 225 juried national and regional artist exhibits along the scenic pathways lining The Woodlands Waterway. The art represents a diverse mix of painting, drawing, fiber art, sculpture, jewelry, glass, woodworking, photography, mixed media, clay-works and digital art and more representing fourteen art categories. The continued success of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is made possible by the generous support of anchor sponsors: The Woodlands Development Company, a Division of The Howard Hughes Corporation; Stella Artois, the official beer of the Festival; The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands, the official luxury vehicle of the festival.

2017 ARTISTS OFFER DIVERSE ARRAY OF WORK

Terrell Powell is the featured artist for 2017 and his 2-D Multi-Media work is featured in all festival marketing and graphics. His one-of-a-kind creation, "Water Lily,” will be a live-auction item at the highly anticipated Art Dash Party on April 7 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

Powell is also one of the featured artists in the TWAC Art Bench Program. His whimsical bench, "Family,” underwritten by Gordy and Michelle Bunch, is located in the outdoor courtyard near the water basin at The Woodlands Mall. Born in Angleton, Texas, Powell's latest body of work reflects his memories and strong ties to growing up in rural Texas. He paints using oil, acrylic, and oil pastel, with an increasing amount of work being produced on cutout metal. Terrell's work is inspired by past experiences, dreams and observation of everyday life. The Woodlands Arts Council is excited to announce returning artists that placed as 2016 Best of Show in the following categories: Clayworks: Peter Karner, Denver Co; Drawing/ Printmaking; Jaeryon Ha, Longwood FL; Glass: Bryon Sutherland, Gridley CA; Jewelry: Alex Horst, Prescott AZ ; Multimedia 2D: Jay Long, Austin TX; Multimedia 3D: Kimberly Merck- Moore, Hewitt TX; Painting: Gregory Strachov, Floral City FL; Photography/Digital: Greg Davis, Austin TX; Sculpture: Jason & Danielle Napier, Friday Harbor WA; Wood: Jay McDougall, Otter Tail County MN. For a directory of all exhibiting artists and examples of their work go to: http:// www.thewoodlandsartscouncil.org/artistdirectory.

The Woodlands Arts Council builds relationships with artists to ensure their experience with The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival exceeds expectations. As part of this commitment, TWAC recently appointed Heather Joy Puskarich as Artist Management Coordinator. In this role, Puskarich oversees the jury process and coordination for the artists at the Festival, and is the artist’s primary point of contact. Puskarich is a faculty member at Sam Houston State University where she teaches Fine Arts and Mass Communications, Contemporary Arts, and Graphic Design. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Dimensional Studies/Glass from Alfred University. "We are excited to have Heather on board to work alongside TWAC to ensure the Festival continues to showcase diverse and talented artists,” said Amy Lecocq, President of The Woodlands Arts Council.

FESTIVAL SUPPORTS OUTREACH, "Because Art Matters”

The Woodlands Arts Council, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide regional, cultural enrichment opportunities to inspire, encourage, support and promote visual and performing arts, produces The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival annually. Each year, over $22,000 in scholarships are awarded at the Festival to student artists and local art teachers. Throughout the year, TWAC programs make an impact in the lives of others by bringing the arts to schools and members of the community who would not otherwise experience the impact that art provides.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Wendy Paynter at 713.504.6432. For festival updates, to purchase tickets online, and information for MD Anderson First Look Friday or other aspects of the 2017 lineup, log on to http://thewoodlandsartscouncil.org.

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