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WOODLANDS WATERWAY ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES ART BENCH PROJECT PHASE 2

THE WOODLANDS, TX (May 1, 2015) – The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council will announce the second phase of its Woodlands Waterway Art Bench Project on May 4, 2015 at 5:00 – 5:30 pm at Town Green Park in The Woodlands.

Praising the generosity of the underwriters, Art Bench Committee Chair Amy Lecocq said “We are very fortunate to have six community leaders who recognize the value of public art by participating in this unique project.” Those underwriters are: Peggy and Mitch Hausman; Village Medical Center; Dr. Todd and Gayle Kuoni; Dr. David and Brenda Gottlieb; Dr. Peter and Megan Shedden; and Peggy and Ray Wilcox. “We are grateful to each of them for stepping forward and anticipate an exciting project ahead,” said Lecocq.

A Call to Artists has been sent out seeking designs for six new benches, which will be installed in early March 2016. Locations and Underwriters have been selected for these new benches. Phase 2 locations stretch between Waterway Square and Town Green Park. Artists may apply online at WoodlandsWaterwayArtsCouncil.org until August 31, 2015. There is no application fee and each finalist will receive $8,300 to design, construct and deliver his/her bench. Semi-finalists (18) will each receive $300 to refine their submitted designs. All artists are encouraged to apply.

Phase 1 benches were installed to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of The Woodlands in October 2014 and artists hailed from Spain, Austria, California, Kansas and Texas (4). Phase 1 underwriters were: Gordy and Michelle Bunch, Dr. Robert and Renee Neville, Benchmark Hospitality International, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, The Woodlands Development Co/The Howard Hughes Corp., Rob and Cindy Hardin and Woodforest National Bank.

For more information about The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council’s Art Bench Project, the Announcement, the Call to Artists or for photographs of the event, please contact Amy Lecocq at AmyLecocq@gmail.com or 832 244 9585

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Free Concert Series, “Live At Night,” Returns This Spring To Waterway Square In The Woodlands

The popular live concert series “Live at Night” returns this Spring to an all-new Waterway Square in The Woodlands, complete with a new permanent entertainment stage, with live outdoor music every Saturday, April 18 – May 9, 2015, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

All ages are welcome at this free, family-friendly event that showcases the talents of local artists performing jazz, acoustic and pop music sounds. As always, picnics, lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome.

The “Live at Night” spring schedule kicks off April 18, featuring interactive activities and performances including karaoke and the Let Them Drum percussion group. Attendees are encouraged to channel their inner rockstar and participate in karaoke performances to “liven up the night.” Other activities include a strolling magician, face painting and a balloon artist.

Residents and visitors will enjoy the Texas Blues and Americana tunes of Michael Hardie on April 25 and the Progressive Country sounds of the Sawdust Road Band on May 2. The Live at Night Spring music series concludes May 9 with the blues, rock and jazz tunes of the Dan Holmes Group.

“Live at Night” is sponsored in part by Kroger and Re/Max The Woodlands & Spring – Danna Furnace. Paid covered parking is available at the 24 Waterway Parking Garage (located at corner of Fountain Plaza & Lake Robbins Drive), the Waterway Square Parking Garage (between Fountain Plaza and Woodloch Court) and the surface parking lot along the corner of Waterway Avenue and Timberloch Place. Limited, free curbside parking also is available along Lake Robbins Drive, Waterway Avenue, Waterway Square Place, and Timberloch Place.

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The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year!

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and is offering something new – an extra day to peruse works by 200 artists from across the nation.

There will now be three days of art exhibits, performances and creative activities for kids.

The event is slated for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 12

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The Woodlands Waterway and Town Green Park in the Town Center will be transformed into a giant outdoor gallery for the occasion

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Director Jenny Carattini-Wright said that adding an extra day was a way to commemorate the past decade of showcasing fine and performing art. The idea has been in the works for a while, she added.

“We started surveying artists and patrons about two years ago,” she said. “With the high numbers on Saturdays, it was hard for patrons to see the art and talk to the artists. We wanted to attend to their needs.”

Carattini-Wright said that having an extra day means more time for art-inspired fun.
“It’s another day of shopping, it’s another day to offer educational opportunities and it’s also an opportunity for artists to be in town another day,” she said.

Carattini-Wright said that the show has been ranked number one in the state and third in the nation by ArtFair Sourcebook based on the number of sales made. The festival’s outstanding reputation has drawn top-notch artists to the event.

The call for exhibitors goes out in August and participants may apply until October, Carattini-Wright explained. In November, jurors from north Harris and Montgomery counties spend two days evaluating applications.

All the work is judged anonymously based on photos of the artwork, the booth presentation and an artist statement.

This year, the 200 artists selected represent 33 states and two countries. Work was selected with consideration of medium.

“When it’s all said and done, we have a mixed percentage of different media,” Carattini-Wright said. “We really want a nice mix.”

Artists selected as “Best in Show” are invited to return for two years.
This year, there were 912 applicants for the show. “We had a record amount,” Carattini-Wright said. “And we always have a waiting list.”

When asked how they heard about the event, Carattini-Wright said most artists reply that it was word of mouth.

“For me that’s gold,” she said.
Carattini-Wright wants to facilitate artists selling work – and connecting with the community.

“In the end, it’s all about the connections that the artists make,” she said. “Not only are they selling art, but they’re making friends.”

The featured artist this year will be Sean Brown from Denver, Colo. He has has been exhibiting his one-of-a-kind jewelry and art pieces at fine galleries and juried art shows since 1989.

The festival will also feature more stages this year – four dedicated to the performing arts and one reserved for foodies.

The Palette Café Stage will showcase live music by Mingo Fishtrap, Seth Walker, Farra 8, the Terri Hendrix Band featuring Lloyd Maines, Kyle Hutton Band, Chubby Knuckle Choir and Beto y los Fairlaines.

“We bring in regional musicians from Austin, Dallas, Louisiana and Houston,” Carattini-Wright said. A variety of performances by local talent are also planned for the Arts in Montgomery County Stage.

“People will get a flavor of community on this stage,” Carattini-Wright said.
Angela Colton, executive director with The Woodlands Children’s Museum, is in charge of booking the Watercolor Terrace Stage, new to the festival this year.
She explained local and touring singer-songwriters will take center-stage at the venue, including Andrew Karnavas from Houston, Amy Adams from Atlanta and a group of neighborhood musicians and friends, the Bentwater City Limits.

“It’s a group of retired people who bought lake front property on Lake Conroe and want to just play music,” Colton said.

She said local high school orchestras will be featured on the stage, as well as the Houston Choral Showcase and the New Rising Stars Dancers.

Also new this year is the West End Stage, which will offer and a mix of performances from the other three stages.

The Art of Food Stage will offer a space for local chefs to show off their culinary skills. There will be cooking demonstrations throughout the festival and guests will have the opportunity to sample the creations.

Carattini-Wright said the festival also has several opportunities for creative expression for future artists.

At ARTopoly, The Woodlands Children’s Museum will lead young artists to create their own projects.

“We set up a big area where they can paint castles and oversized pirate ships,” Colton said. “We just set them up with paints and brushes, and they’ll just paint forever.”
She said that area nonprofits will also have booths in that section, including Texas Repertory Theatre, Prelude Music Classes for Children, Pearl Fincher Museum and the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation.

“It allows them to showcase what they do,” she said. “And all the nonprofits also provide a children’s activity. There’s really a lot going on in the area for youth, and this educates the public about what kind of art nonprofits are around.”

Carattini-Wright explained that the festival is produced annually by The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, a nonprofit organization that provides regional cultural and educational enrichment opportunities that encourage, support and promote the visual and performing arts.

She said that about 15,000 guests attended the festival last year. “The artists did really well, and we drew a very diverse crowd,” she said. “We’re hoping to have even more people this year because of the third day.”

Want to go?
What: The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival
Where: The Woodlands Town Center
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 12.
Cost: The cost to attend is $12 per day or $15 for all three. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.
For more information: visit www.woodlandsartsfestival.com.
Source: Houston Chronicle

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The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year!

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and is offering something new – an extra day to peruse works by 200 artists from across the nation.

There will now be three days of art exhibits, performances and creative activities for kids.

The event is slated for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 12

.
The Woodlands Waterway and Town Green Park in the Town Center will be transformed into a giant outdoor gallery for the occasion

.
Director Jenny Carattini-Wright said that adding an extra day was a way to commemorate the past decade of showcasing fine and performing art. The idea has been in the works for a while, she added.

“We started surveying artists and patrons about two years ago,” she said. “With the high numbers on Saturdays, it was hard for patrons to see the art and talk to the artists. We wanted to attend to their needs.”

Carattini-Wright said that having an extra day means more time for art-inspired fun.
“It’s another day of shopping, it’s another day to offer educational opportunities and it’s also an opportunity for artists to be in town another day,” she said.

Carattini-Wright said that the show has been ranked number one in the state and third in the nation by ArtFair Sourcebook based on the number of sales made. The festival’s outstanding reputation has drawn top-notch artists to the event.

The call for exhibitors goes out in August and participants may apply until October, Carattini-Wright explained. In November, jurors from north Harris and Montgomery counties spend two days evaluating applications.

All the work is judged anonymously based on photos of the artwork, the booth presentation and an artist statement.

This year, the 200 artists selected represent 33 states and two countries. Work was selected with consideration of medium.

“When it’s all said and done, we have a mixed percentage of different media,” Carattini-Wright said. “We really want a nice mix.”

Artists selected as “Best in Show” are invited to return for two years.
This year, there were 912 applicants for the show. “We had a record amount,” Carattini-Wright said. “And we always have a waiting list.”

When asked how they heard about the event, Carattini-Wright said most artists reply that it was word of mouth.

“For me that’s gold,” she said.
Carattini-Wright wants to facilitate artists selling work – and connecting with the community.

“In the end, it’s all about the connections that the artists make,” she said. “Not only are they selling art, but they’re making friends.”

The featured artist this year will be Sean Brown from Denver, Colo. He has has been exhibiting his one-of-a-kind jewelry and art pieces at fine galleries and juried art shows since 1989.

The festival will also feature more stages this year – four dedicated to the performing arts and one reserved for foodies.

The Palette Café Stage will showcase live music by Mingo Fishtrap, Seth Walker, Farra 8, the Terri Hendrix Band featuring Lloyd Maines, Kyle Hutton Band, Chubby Knuckle Choir and Beto y los Fairlaines.

“We bring in regional musicians from Austin, Dallas, Louisiana and Houston,” Carattini-Wright said. A variety of performances by local talent are also planned for the Arts in Montgomery County Stage.

“People will get a flavor of community on this stage,” Carattini-Wright said.
Angela Colton, executive director with The Woodlands Children’s Museum, is in charge of booking the Watercolor Terrace Stage, new to the festival this year.
She explained local and touring singer-songwriters will take center-stage at the venue, including Andrew Karnavas from Houston, Amy Adams from Atlanta and a group of neighborhood musicians and friends, the Bentwater City Limits.

“It’s a group of retired people who bought lake front property on Lake Conroe and want to just play music,” Colton said.

She said local high school orchestras will be featured on the stage, as well as the Houston Choral Showcase and the New Rising Stars Dancers.

Also new this year is the West End Stage, which will offer and a mix of performances from the other three stages.

The Art of Food Stage will offer a space for local chefs to show off their culinary skills. There will be cooking demonstrations throughout the festival and guests will have the opportunity to sample the creations.

Carattini-Wright said the festival also has several opportunities for creative expression for future artists.

At ARTopoly, The Woodlands Children’s Museum will lead young artists to create their own projects.

“We set up a big area where they can paint castles and oversized pirate ships,” Colton said. “We just set them up with paints and brushes, and they’ll just paint forever.”
She said that area nonprofits will also have booths in that section, including Texas Repertory Theatre, Prelude Music Classes for Children, Pearl Fincher Museum and the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation.

“It allows them to showcase what they do,” she said. “And all the nonprofits also provide a children’s activity. There’s really a lot going on in the area for youth, and this educates the public about what kind of art nonprofits are around.”

Carattini-Wright explained that the festival is produced annually by The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, a nonprofit organization that provides regional cultural and educational enrichment opportunities that encourage, support and promote the visual and performing arts.

She said that about 15,000 guests attended the festival last year. “The artists did really well, and we drew a very diverse crowd,” she said. “We’re hoping to have even more people this year because of the third day.”

Want to go?
What: The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival
Where: The Woodlands Town Center
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 12.
Cost: The cost to attend is $12 per day or $15 for all three. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.
For more information: visit www.woodlandsartsfestival.com.
Source: Houston Chronicle

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Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen And Nick’s Fish Dive & Oyster Bar Opens At 20 Waterway Avenue In The Woodlands® Waterway Square® Waterway Square®

Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen has leased approximately 4,222 square feet for a Mexican food restaurant with an expected opening date set for the beginning of April. Nick’s Fish Dive & Oyster Bar has leased approximately 3,568 square feet for an urban fish dive and oyster bar. Nick’s is anticipated to open by mid to late April.

“We are pleased to welcome Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen and Nick’s Fish Dive & Oyster Bar to The Woodlands Waterway Square,” said Alex Sutton, Co-President of The Woodlands Development Company. “The restaurants will feature delicious homemade family recipes as well as spectacular views of The Woodlands Waterway and the Fountains at Waterway Square while being convenient to nearby offices and the highly-anticipated The Westin The Woodlands.

Past World Champion Wrestler Cyclone Anaya and his wife, Carolyn Anaya, began serving their homemade family recipes in Houston in 1966. Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen (located in former La Lupita location) menu includes its famous fajitas, enchiladas, pollo jalisco, carne asada a la tampiqueña, ceviche, specialty tacos, crabmeat nachos, lunch menu, kid’s menu and other specialties. The restaurant will also feature fine tequila, margaritas and a wine list.

Inspired by the Gulf of Mexico, Nick’s Fish Dive & Oyster Bar (located in former Luca & Leonardo spot) will offer comfort food such as Nick’s open-ocean Scottish salmon, Chilean sea bass, prime USDA filet, crab and spinach artichoke dip, fried oyster and shrimp baskets, peel ‘n eat shrimp buckets, po’boys, lobster rolls, fish tacos as well as new inspirations like lobster poutine, tuna tataki and scallop and shrimp cerviche. With a custom marble oyster bar, a black-board menu of fresh seafood and produce and a wide variety of “fresh today, just caught” Gulf seafood, specials will be an attraction of the restaurant. The oyster selection includes varieties from all over the west and east coasts, and is sourced through sustainable oyster projects. The bar will offer a wide variety of craft beers and cocktails along with craft beer flights, craft beer dinners and more.

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