Arts & Culture
The Woodlands art and culture scene is one of the main reasons visitors travel from all across the globe to spend their vacations here. The Woodlands is home to one of the largest and most dynamic collections of public art in Texas, including more than 50 outdoor sculptures. The expansive collection of art benches in The Woodlands continues to grow. Since 2014, twenty art benches have been commissioned and installed in prime locations near The Woodlands Waterway and Lake Woodlands. These benches are usable public art that increases awareness and appreciation of the arts.
There are more than 21 mosaics in The Woodlands for public viewing. These mosaics have been created by renowned artists, most from the area, showcasing the world-class talent that can be found here. Several were created by the nationally-celebrated Houston artist Dixie Friend Gay, and others were created by artist Denise Liebl and Alex Bunch.
The Glade Cultural Center showcases acclaimed local and international artists and the Glade Arts Foundation focuses on art education and presents art classes for all ages throughout the year. The Center also has the largest retrospective collection of paintings by David Adickes for public viewing. David Adickes is the Texas artist known for his iconic, giant sculptures that have forever changed the landscape of the Lone Star State. His masterpieces include the 67-foot Sam Houston statue off I-45 in Huntsville, the colossal 44 sculpted heads of U.S. presidents, the 36-foot tall Beatles (the band) at 8th Wonder Brewery, and the cellist in Houston’s Theater District.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands hosts some of the biggest musical names touring through Texas like Jimmy Buffet, Gwen Stefani, and The Dave Matthews Band. The Pavilion is the summer home of the Houston Symphony and the “home away from home” for the Houston Ballet.
Art lovers cannot miss The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, an annual celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts each April. Set along the banks of The Woodlands Waterway in the heart of The Woodlands Art District, The Woodlands Art Festival is a juried show and features more than 200 artists as well as superior culinary experiences, a gourmet specialty product area, educational art activities for children and adults, live performances, and special exhibitions.
While you’re in town, check out The Woodlands Art League calendar for the opportunity to take an art class for hands-on learning in printmaking, watercolor, acrylic, and more.