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Celebrating 19 years, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is a jewel of the Texas fine arts tour and is ranked among the top arts festivals in the country! Set along the scenic banks of The Woodlands Waterway and in Town Green Park, festival guests have the unique opportunity to enjoy a vibrant outdoor gallery with authors, music, food, and kids' activities while shopping for art created by fine artists from around the world and the nation! Jury-selected artists display unique, original artwork ranging across a variety of mediums at the festival. Voted as the best event in The Woodlands, the arts festival is a long-standing springtime tradition for families and locals. Save the date for April 12-14, 2024!

Festival Hours

Friday, April 12, 2024 11am-5pm

Saturday, April 13, 2024 10am-6pm

Sunday, April 14, 2024 10am-5pm

Featured Artist & Best of Show Winners

Each year on opening day of the festival, a team of judges representing The Woodlands Arts Council review art from all participating artists to select a Featured Artist and Best of Show Winners. The judges are local gallery owners, art teachers, artists and business professionals. Artists are scored on artistic merit and on booth presentation. Prize winners are jury-exempt for two years, receive booth awards, and other benefits.

2024 Featured Artist

Regina Lyubovnaya

My Artistic Journey: A Tale of Luck and Stubbornness
When people compliment my artistic skills, I don't consider myself talented. Rather, I attribute my success to luck and determination. I wasn't a child prodigy with a paintbrush in hand. In fact, I wasn't interested in art until I turned 15. My family was moving to the US, and I had one year of high school left to complete. My father proposed private painting lessons as an alternative to attending school. I jumped at the chance to learn.
Shortly after, we moved to Los Angeles, and I found myself in a high school where everyone spoke English except me. Art became my favorite class because I didn't need to speak. I knew I wanted to be a traditional painter, but training opportunities were scarce 30 years ago. My journey led me to several schools and locations, such as Loyola Marymount University, Art Center College of Design, Florence Academy in Italy, and Student League in New York. Despite attending all of these schools, I felt lost and confused.
It wasn't until I met David Leffel, a master painter, that things started to click. David was my guide for the next seven years, and he often said, "Painting is logical and therefore learnable." I desperately wanted to learn, so I painted hundreds of bad paintings until something finally shifted.
Every artist's journey is unique, and mine was long and winding. However, I feel lucky every day to be painting, learning, and discovering new things.

2023 Best of Show Artists

Amos Amit

Amos Amit

Los Angeles, CA

Cherie Haney

Cherie Haney

Ann Arbor, MI

3D Mixed Media
Loura Dobbs

Loura Dobbs

Windermere, FL

Sculpture/Metal Works
Michael Steddum

Michael Steddum

Webb City, MO

Nolan Prohaska

Nolan Prohaska

Somerset, WI

Patti Gary

Patti Gary

Montgomery, TX

Emerging Artist
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