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After Arts Festival’s Success, The Woodlands Arts Council looks forward to 2025

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A beautiful weekend of spring weather set the scene for the 19th annual The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, which took place April 12-14, 2024. Over 200 artists, authors, and performers worldwide traveled to The Woodlands and provided exciting moments of artistic discovery for residents and visitors alike.

On Friday, The Art Dash Party, presented by The Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy and hosted at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, brought community art enthusiasts and generous VIP artists together for an energetic evening of celebration. Notably, this year’s featured art, a painting called “Water Break” by Regina Lyubovnaya, was live auctioned for a record-setting sum of $23,000.

The Woodlands Arts Council produced this year’s festival with the help of partners The Woodlands Children’s Museum and Village Books The Woodlands, plus over 500 community volunteers who contributed their time & talents throughout the weekend. As a non-profit, funds raised at The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival and The Art Dash Party help perpetuate the long-standing Student Art Scholarship program, microgrant program, and public art initiative and help produce more community art events.

WWAF 2024 Sunny Skies, Photo Credit: Mauricio Ramirez
Sunny Skies at WWAF 2024; Photo Credit: Mauricio Ramirez
WWAF 2024 Artopoly Area; Photo Credit: Mauricio Ramirez
Artopoly Area at WWAF 2024; Photo Credit: Mauricio Ramirez

 “We heard from the artists repeatedly how incredible the team, volunteers, and patrons are in our community. We are so grateful to have such immense support. If you volunteered or came out to the festival and participated in the creative economy, we are so grateful!” said Jenny Carattini-Wright, TWAC executive director.

Looking forward to celebrating 20 years as an organization, The Woodlands Arts Council is expanding with several new events!

The first-ever Young Makers Market, hosted at Market Street The Woodlands on September 7, 2024, invites Montgomery County students ages 8-18 to sell their art in a one-day mini-arts festival. The application is open until April 30, 2024.

The inaugural Texas Fine Craft Show, hosted at The Woodlands Resort from November 1 to 3, will celebrate the art of fine craft. Applications are open until April 21st.

President of The Woodlands Arts Council Board Glen Rector reflected, “For 20 years, we have amplified art in Montgomery County, and we have seen the rich impact of these efforts reflected back to us. We look forward to what these new events will bring to the legacy of prioritizing art in our community.”

WWAF 2025 Featured Artist with TWAC Board and Staff
WWAF 2025 Featured Artist Thomas Wargin with TWAC Board and Staff; Photo Credit: Mauricio Ramirez

Generous festival sponsors include: Year-Round Sponsors: The Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy and Woodforest National Bank; Anchor Sponsors – The Howard Hughes Corporation, Stella Artois, and Visit The Woodlands; Official Festival Sponsors – Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, and Patten Properties; Festival Sponsors: The Madeley Fine Art Gallery, The Woodlands Mall, The Woodlands Art Gallery & Studios, Renewal by Andersen, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Waste Connections, IRCODE, Power Home Remodeling, Emergency Pet Care of Texas, Statewide Remodeling, and Bayway Cadillac of The Woodlands; Program Sponsors: evamor, Market Street, PODS Moving & Storage, Alpha & Omega, Judith K. Wren Memorial Fund, and CareNow Urgent Care; Media Sponsors: Hello Woodlands, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, Woodlands Online, Houston Public Media, Mauricio Ramirez Photography, and Nebular Films.

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