Art & Culture
Virtual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival Best of Show Winners and 2021 Featured Artist
This year The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival (WWAF) presented by The Woodlands Arts Council (TWAC) pivoted to an interactive, online format and virtual celebration that brought the joy of art, activities, and entertainment into the homes of art lovers in our community and beyond.
The virtual festival kicked off Wednesday, October 14 with a Silent Auction featuring original art donated by festival artists, and continued through the weekend of October 17 & 18, when art from juried artists was available for sale online. Visitors had the opportunity to engage for free with artists in their online booths from the comfort of their homes. Musical performances, hands-on children’s activities, and informative artists’ panels and video interviews brought the festival up close and personal.
On Friday evening, October 16, the popular VIP Art Dash Party transformed into an intimate, virtual experience with an online “happy hour” and “Drawing” for art by 2020 Featured Artist and Naturalist Christina Smith.
Watch what happened online at the WWAF Preview Party in the video below:
On the morning of Sunday, October 18, Jenny Carattini-Wright, Executive Director of The Woodlands Arts Council, and Sally Richard, Artist Management, announced the best of show winners live on Facebook. Watch the video below of the announcement:
Best of Show Winners:
- Angelika Ejtel, RapidHeartMovement (Photography) https://www.eventeny.com/company/?c=10309
- Mark Mohrenweiser (Mixed Media 2D) https://www.eventeny.com/company/?c=9692
- David Mayhew (Photography) https://www.eventeny.com/company/?c=10533
- Barbie Holton (Sculpture) https://www.eventeny.com/company/?c=11000
- Michael and Joah Thiele, Hardwood Music (Mixed Media 3D) https://www.eventeny.com/company/?c=11134
- Gary E. Bachers (Drawing) https://www.eventeny.com/company/?c=10833
Featured Artist for 2021 :
Yoram Gal (Painting) https://www.eventeny.com/company/?c=9672
Watch the video below to take a peek inside artist Yoram Gal’s studio in Old Jaffa and beautiful paintings:
One of the popular venues at the arts festival over the years has been the Early Inspiration Gallery. As way to encourage kids to get involved and start their art collections early, artwork donated by local students and teachers is available to kids 12 and under for $5. There are kids that visit the gallery every year, to add to their art collection and some purchase their first piece of artwork at the festival. To continue that tradition, this year the Early Inspiration Gallery is setup at the festival pop-up in the old Kate Spade store at Market Street. Stop by with your family until October 22 to select a piece of student art for $5. Proceeds from the sales go toward art supplies for community outreach programs. Learn more about The Woodlands Arts Council’s art programs at thewoodlandsartscouncil.org/p/programs
Miss the festival? The Virtual WWAF and Artist Marketplace will remain open until Dec 31, 2020. Be sure to visit the artists’ online booths, watch the performances and program online, and shop for holiday gifts to support the artists and The Woodlands Arts Council. Visit the Artist Marketplace at https://www.eventeny.com/events/the-woodlands-waterway-arts-festival-online-edition-694/