THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival has earned a spot on the "Top 100 for 2010" festival listing by Art Fair Source Book, the definitive guide to the best juried art and craft fairs in the United States.
The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival ranked number 68 out of 564 festivals nationwide in the Fine Art and Fine Craft category based on net average sales per artist.
To be held the weekend of April 10-11, 2010 in The Woodlands Town Center along the banks of The Woodlands Waterway, this year‚s festival will feature approximately 200 fine arts and crafts artists selected to exhibit in this juried show. Over 674 artists applied this year.
„We are extremely proud to be named among the Top 100 list of festivals in the nation,‰ said Brenda Gottlieb, festival executive director for The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival. „In just five years, we‚ve achieved a great reputation within the short amount of time we‚ve been in business. That success is attributed to the great setting that the Waterway offers, as well as the contributions from our generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers. We look forward to another record turnout in April and encourage the community and visitors alike to come out and discover great art.‰
The festival will feature national and regional artists in 14 mediums selling their original creations, including clay, drawing, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2D and 3D, painting, pastel, photography, sculpture, textile, watercolor, and wood.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Two-day tickets are $15. Proceeds from the festival benefit local charity partners including The Pavilion Partners, The Woodlands Art League and The Woodlands Children's Museum.
The festival stretches along the beautiful Woodlands Waterway from The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center alongside The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and culminates at Town Green Park.
Guests will enjoy ample free parking, close parking for $5 in The Pavilion Garage, water taxi and trolley service, concessions within the festival site and an array of eateries and shops within walking distance of the event. Features of the festival include interactive art activities for children in Town Green Park such as „Artopoly‰ provided by The Woodlands Art League and The Woodlands Children‚s Museum which gives young artists a chance to create and take home art projects, student art exhibitions by public and private schools in Montgomery County, entertainment on two stages, and dining selections at "Palette Caf?" featuring cuisine from P.F. Chang's China Bistro and Jasper's Gourmet Backyard Cuisine.
New to the 2010 festival are free activities as well as unique art and live entertainment at Waterway Square on Saturday until 8:30 p.m. and Sunday until 6 p.m. One of the highlights of this new venue is sidewalk art featuring eight highly-skilled artists from the Houston area who will create masterpieces on the sidewalks at Waterway Square using pastels. Beverages, music and food by Hubbell & Hudson will add to the festival ambiance.
The featured artists for the fifth annual The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is Canada‚s Tanya Doskova, a printmaker from Vancouver, British Columbia, who has been featured in solo shows around the world and has won many prestigious awards including the John Purcell Prize for best lithograph, the Cannon Canada Gold Award, the Readers Digest Merit Award for Editorial Illustration and the Adobe Systems Gold Award to name a few. This is the first year that a digital artist will be featured.
Administaff is the major sponsor of this year‚s Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival. Other sponsors include The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Woodlands Development Company along with The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, Bud Light, Waste Management, Hubble & Hudson Market & Bistro, St. Luke‚s The Woodlands Hospital, Woodforest National Bank, BMW of Houston North ˆ FM 1960, Keller Williams Realty, Allergy & Asthma Associates, Winstead Attorneys, Jaspers, P.F. Chang‚s China Bistro, Brother‚s Pizza, Dosey Doe Coffee, Cold Stone, Edible Arrangements, Sweet Leaf Tea, Freeb!rds World Burrito, and CB&I.
The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is produced by The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization providing financial support to local organizations. For more information, or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, call 281 507-0343 or visit their Web site at the link below.