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Waterway Arts Festival

Named one of the top five art festivals in the world, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival includes artwork from over 200 juried artists from across the country. For 15 years, the festival has been located at Town Green Park and along The Woodlands Waterway. It continues to be one of the premier and most highly anticipated events of its kind in the area. Proceeds from the festival directly fund the year-round community and education outreach programs of Because Art Matters sponsored by The Woodlands Arts Council.


The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival has pivoted to an interactive, online format. A celebration that is designed to bring the joy of fine art and fine crafts into the homes of art lovers in our community and beyond. The 15th annual Waterway Arts Festival will take place October 16-18, 2020. 


The 2020 Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival will be free for all to attend and shop. If you have already purchased a ticket The Woodlands Arts Council will honor it at the April 10-11, 2021 Festival.


This year's Featured Artist is Christina Smith, whose work is a combination of gouache and pencil. Gouache is an opaque watercolor similar to tempera. Christina's work as well as the complete Artist Gallery can be viewed online.

"My work is a combination of gouache, pencil and occasionally pastel. Gouache is an opaque watercolor similar to tempera. It gives me the strong color I want and flows well enough from the brush to produce fine detail. Because pencil smears easily I paint my subject first and then use pencil to render the foliage. I like the contrast between the two mediums and enjoy working with both." -

- Christina Smith, Featured Artist for the 2020 Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival