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Get your picnic baskets ready! Enjoy ARTFEEL on Jan 29th.

Read more about it here

Did you know The Woodlands has one of the largest collections of public art in the country?

No, me either!

There are 70 public artworks peppered around The Woodlands’ villages (20 of which are The Woodlands Waterway Art Bench Collection). This is an amazing fact, but we all lead busy lives. If we are honest, we can admit that as we drive by massive artworks on our way to work or the grocery store, we may look at them, but do we really see them? And this begs a very important question….if an artist makes a piece of art and no one really sees it, no one really engages with it…is it art?

ARTFEEL, a TWAC “Because Art Matters” community arts appreciation initiative, aims to fix that by encouraging resident engagement with public art in The Woodlands.

To read all about The Woodlands Arts Council Public Art initiative click here!

What is ARTFEEL?
Every 3 months on Market Street’s Central Park Outdoor Stage, TWAC spotlights a piece of public art and ask area residents to brave the stage and share how a particular public artwork makes them feel – their ARTFEEL. Some people sing, some dance, some play instruments, some story-tell, some show-and-tell their own art or sentimental objects and some say just one word – the emotion the art has evoked in them. The rules are…there are no rules…and that is the fun!

ARTFEEL is hosted by local arts and culture writer and TWAC volunteer, Nickole Kerner Bobley, who serves as the glue between the performers, recognizing themes as they emerge throughout the night and weaving together a loose narrative for each artwork’s story.

TWAC’s ARTFEEL is joined by altruistic partners: Market Street’s Sarah Kelly Music School and Sweekman Artists, who provide incredible live musical talent for the show; The Luxe Collective, who generously provide discounted glasses of wine and bottles for sale before, during and after the show with a portion of the proceeds donated back to TWAC; and, Market Street, who kindly donates the beautiful stage venue and audio and lighting services.

Residents bring chairs, blankets and picnic while celebrating art together under the stars at ARTFEEL. We also invite local art groups to set up tents and showcase their wares and chat up their upcoming art events.


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Nickole Kerner Bobley

Several years ago, Kerner Bobley was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjogren’s Syndrome. Step-by-step, she used a walking cane to walk The Woodlands Waterway Art Benches as a private “healing art crawl” for herself. She also kept a journal about how the different artworks she encountered made her feel. After many weeks, she finally reached the final art bench in the then 14-member collection. At this point, she no longer needed a cane. It was an emotional turning point in her medical treatment and in the relationship she had forged with public art. It was here the idea for ARTFEEL was born.
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