Top Ranked Wood­lands Water­way Arts Fes­ti­val An­nounces Artist Lineup

Texas Artist Ter­rell Pow­ell Named 2017 Fea­ture Artist

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The 12th An­nual Wood­lands Water­way Arts Fes­ti­val, pre­sented by The Wood­lands Arts Coun­cil (TWAC), of­fers a week­end es­cape for art and mu­sic en­thu­si­asts of all ages and is sched­uled for April 7-9. Pro­ceeds from the fes­ti­val di­rectly fund Be­cause Art Mat­ters, the year-round com­mu­nity and ed­u­ca­tion out­reach pro­grams of TWAC. Re­cently ranked in the top five of Amer­ica's Best Fine Arts Fairs by ArtFairCal­en­, The Wood­lands Water­way Arts Fes­ti­val fea­tures 225 ju­ried na­tional and re­gional artist ex­hibits along the scenic path­ways lin­ing The Wood­lands Water­way. The art rep­re­sents a di­verse mix of paint­ing, draw­ing, fiber art, sculp­ture, jew­elry, glass, wood­work­ing, photography, mixed me­dia, clay-works and dig­i­tal art and more rep­re­sent­ing four­teen art cat­e­gories. The con­tin­ued suc­cess of The Wood­lands Water­way Arts Fes­ti­val is made pos­si­ble by the gen­er­ous sup­port of an­chor spon­sors: The Wood­lands De­vel­op­ment Com­pany, a Divi­sion of The Howard Hughes Cor­po­ra­tion; Stella Ar­tois, the of­fi­cial beer of the Fes­ti­val; The Wood­lands Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tors Bu­reau; and MercedesBenz of The Wood­lands, the of­fi­cial lux­ury ve­hi­cle of the fes­ti­val. 2017 ARTISTS OF­FER DI­VERSE AR­RAY OF WORK Ter­rell Pow­ell is the fea­tured artist for 2017 and his 2-D Multi-Me­dia work is fea­tured in all fes­ti­val mar­ket­ing and graph­ics. His one-of-a-kind cre­ation, “Wa­ter Lily,” will be a live-auc­tion item at the highly an­tic­i­pated Art Dash Party on April 7 at The Wood­lands Water­way Mar­riott Ho­tel and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. Pow­ell is also one of the fea­tured artists in the TWAC Art Bench Pro­gram. His whim­si­cal bench, “Fam­ily,” un­der­writ­ten by Gordy and Michelle Bunch, is lo­cated in the out­door court­yard near the wa­ter basin at The Wood­lands Mall. Born in An­gle­ton, Texas, Pow­ell's lat­est body of work re­flects his mem­o­ries and strong ties to grow­ing up in ru­ral Texas. He paints us­ing oil, acrylic, and oil pas­tel, with an in­creas­ing amount of work be­ing pro­duced on cutout metal. Ter­rell's work is in­spired by past ex­pe­ri­ences, dreams and ob­ser­va­tion of every­day life. The Wood­lands Arts Coun­cil is ex­cited to an­nounce re­turn­ing artists that placed as 2016 Best of Show in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: Clay­works: Peter Karner, Den­ver Co; Draw­ing/ Print­mak­ing; Jaeryon Ha, Long­wood FL; Glass: Bryon Suther­land, Gri­d­ley CA; Jew­elry: Alex Horst, Prescott AZ ; Mul­ti­me­dia 2D: Jay Long, Austin TX; Mul­ti­me­dia 3D: Kim­berly Mer­ck­Moore, He­witt TX; Paint­ing: Gre­gory Stra­chov, Flo­ral City FL; Photography/ Dig­i­tal: Greg Davis, Austin TX; Sculp­ture: Ja­son & Danielle Napier, Fri­day Har­bor WA; Wood: Jay McDougall, Ot­ter Tail County MN. For a di­rec­tory of all ex­hibit­ing artists and ex­am­ples of their work go to: http:// www.the­wood­land­sartscoun­ artist­di­rec­tory.

The Wood­lands Arts Coun­cil builds re­la­tion­ships with artists to en­sure their ex­pe­ri­ence with The Wood­lands Water­way Arts Fes­ti­val ex­ceeds ex­pec­ta­tions. As part of this com­mit­ment, TWAC re­cently ap­pointed Heather Joy Puskarich as Artist Man­age­ment Co­or­di­na­tor. In this role, Puskarich over­sees the jury process and co­or­di­na­tion for the artists at the Fes­ti­val, and is the artist's pri­mary point of con­tact. Puskarich is a fac­ulty mem­ber at Sam Hous­ton State Uni­ver­sity where she teaches Fine Arts and Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Con­tem­po­rary Arts, and Graphic De­sign. She holds a Mas­ters of Fine Arts in Sculp­ture and Di­men­sional Stud­ies/Glass from Al­fred Uni­ver­sity. “We are ex­cited to have Heather on board to work along­side TWAC to en­sure the Fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to show­case di­verse and talented artists,” said Amy Le­cocq, Pres­i­dent of The Wood­lands Arts Coun­cil.

FES­TI­VAL SUP­PORTS OUT­REACH, “Be­cause Art Mat­ters”

The Wood­lands Arts Coun­cil, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to pro­vide re­gional, cul­tural en­rich­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­spire, en­cour­age, sup­port and pro­mote vis­ual and per­form­ing arts, pro­duces The Wood­lands Water­way Arts Fes­ti­val an­nu­ally. Each year, over $22,000 in schol­ar­ships are awarded at the Fes­ti­val to stu­dent artists and lo­cal art teach­ers. Through­out the year, TWAC pro­grams make an im­pact in the lives of oth­ers by bring­ing the arts to schools and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who would not oth­er­wise ex­pe­ri­ence the im­pact that art pro­vides.

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