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The Woodlands Arts Festival alongside the Woodlands Waterway

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival

Save the date and join us APRIL 4th and 5th, 2020 celebrate 15 years of art!

An amazing array of artists have applied to the show. In mid November we brought together ten professionals in the world of art to help us decide which artists would be invited. Read more about them here.

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2020 Featured Artist: Christina Smith

I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and started college as an art major. Marriage and family soon interrupted and so I am actually self-taught. I started exhibiting at art fairs in 1977. My rule has been "anywhere east of the Rockies" and that has given me many happy adventures and a few challenging ones. I've traveled by myself a lot and had flats, blown tires, blown engines, dead batteries and dead fuel pumps! I've learned the problems always find a way to work out - but it can get interesting!

My work is a combination of gouache and pencil. Gouache is an opaque watercolor similar to tempera. It gives me the strong color I want and flows well enough from the brush to produce fine detail. Many artists tell me they've had trouble working with gouache but I'm used to it and know its ways. Generally, I paint my subject first and then use a black colored pencil to render the foliage or landscape. I like the contrast between the two mediums and enjoy working with both. Since pencil will smear, I paint my subject before I do the pencil work. Ideas come in various ways. Sometimes it's a bird I've wanted to portray for a long time and sometimes it's the twists and turns of a branch that's caught my attention. We are fortunate to live in a wooded area a few miles from town and there is always something interesting out there.

Congratulations to our 2019 Best of Show winners!

On opening day of the festival, a team of judges representing The Woodlands Arts Council walked the venue to select 2020's Featured Artist and our eleven (11) Best of Show Artists. 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.
Painting of a 1957 Chevy towing a trailer

Brian Jensen

Painting 
artwork of two people dancing

Bonnie Shanas

Metalworks/Sculpture 
A wooden bench

Jason Sharp

Wood 
artwork of a photograph of a black and white bridge

Igor Menaker

Photography/Digital
 
Deb Wight

Deb Wight

Mixed Media 3D 
drawing of a black and white church

Christopher Brown

Drawing/Printmaking 
Cathra-Anne Barker

Cathra-Anne Barker

Clayworks 
image of a skyscraper in a city

Gregory Arth

Mixed Media 2D 
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