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ARTFEEL Column, Nickole Kerner Bobley

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Wind-O is a Soulful Selfie Hot Spot

Public art and the selfie beautifully collide in the Wind-O sculpture located in Hughes Landing overlooking Lake Woodlands on one side and Restaurant Row on the other.

This 8-foot tall and hunky yellow steel aperture was created in 2017 by Miami-based artists Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente of Stereotank Design Studio. Resembling the shape of a Polaroid snapshot, this unique public artwork has become one of our community’s favorite selfie hot spots.

Generously gifted to the community by residents Vicki and Michael Richmond in 2018, this art bench is part of The Woodlands Arts Council’s impressive 20-piece art bench initiative.

Yesterday, as I sat down on the wide base of Wind-O, I experienced the powerful meta photo frame selfie siren’s call. Furtively, I looked around to make sure no one was watching, quickly checked my teeth in a compact mirror, tilted my head into what I hoped would be a flattering pose and then took a snapshot of myself with my phone’s camera.

There is a psychological bravery in taking and posting a selfie and in commissioning and creating public art. In both, you are taking a risk—hoping for attention and/or love, but also opening up yourself to being rejected and/or shamed. Although, I didn’t post this selfie to my social media (I am Gen-X, not Millennial!), I will admit I look at this image a lot on my phone’s camera roll.

Visiting Wind-O, and taking a self-conscious selfie in it, taught me that public art and selfies are important cultural declarations of existence, and, the ideas of “I am here” and letting go of one’s self-consciousness feels more important now than ever.

Have you ever visited Wind-O? How did it make you feel? What thoughts bubbled up when you engaged with the piece? Did you take a selfie?


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Celebrating Artists at The Waterway Arts Festival!

Meet and learn about three fabulous 2020 festival artists that are featured in this months edition of Postcardslive.com, a local magazine celebrating fine art in The Woodlands, Texas!

Click the image below to read the full article

Postcardlive logo with name of article

Connect with the Artists!

Christina Smith

2 birds on a branch

Debra Steildel

ceramic vase in blue and gold with glass stopper

Rita Marie Ross

metal wrapped tree on a stand

Festival Rescheduled to October 17-18, 2020

In the interest of the health and safety of our artists, patrons, volunteers, staff, and the community and in compliance with the Declaration of Disaster for Montgomery County, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival scheduled for April 4-5, 2020 has been rescheduled to October 17-18.

The Woodlands Arts Council cares deeply for the creative community, artists, local economy, and we are making every effort to continue the tradition of hosting The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival in The Woodlands. We will continue to keep the community abreast of Festival updates and the rescheduled date of the Art Dash Party.

Thank you for your understanding, patience, and support for The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival and The Woodlands Arts Council.


If You Purchased a ticket:

While the ticket policy states that tickets are non-refundable, we still want you to have the chance to see our artists.

We will apply all paid tickets for the April Festival for our new date. If you purchased a ticket, you will receive a new ticket for The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival.

Thank you for your understanding of this difficult decision to postpone The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival.

Our artists travel and do shows like ours all year- this is how they make a living. Please visit our online gallery and shop for art- let the artist know you support them and that you are from The Woodlands!

Last updated: April 14, 2020. This page may be updated. Please check back regularly, as contents are subject to change.

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