The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival
Every year at the start of April, the Woodlands hosts The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival. The event features the work of over two hundred artists whose booths shape a winding path through Town Green Park before stretching out along the waterway. Some of the artists are from Texas, many arrive from other states and a few come from even farther away. Nearly every form of art you can imagine is represented: photography, textiles, sculpture, jewelry, leather, wood, paintings, and more.
Proceeding from one stall to the next, I’m struck, every year, by how unique every artist’s work is. There are some incredibly detailed pieces, as in the case of one artist whose silk thread stitches are so fine, you’ll be convinced you’re looking at a painting. Last year, in 2018, I spent a while speaking with a photographer who captures the light trails fireflies leave behind. His images were absolutely magical.
The amount of creativity you’ll find at an arts festival boggles the mind. I find it uplifting to see the many ways people find of expressing who they are and what’s important to them. And to see what can be achieved when you invest hundreds of hours in the interest of a personal passion. People really are amazing.
The pictures accompanying this story were taken at the 2018 arts festival, on a cold and overcast day. In contrast, on the day we went this year, the weather was pleasantly warm, the sky a beautiful blue. No matter the weather, the trip is always worth it.
The pictures below were taken at the booth of photographer Igor Menaker. I admired his work last year, and spoke to him for a few minutes, but I didn’t buy anything. I promised myself that if he was there again this year, I would buy something. Happily, I found him and I now have one of his beautiful images hanging over my desk—the first piece I’ve ever bought at an arts festival. That must mean something.