Then Thursday evening is a free preview event at Discovery Green, Friday evening is the famous Art Car Ball (ticketed), Saturday is the parade, and Sunday there is an awards ceremony and brunch at Smither Park, 2402 Munger St.
Cheech Marin is the Grand Marshall. YES, that Cheech. The Orange Show for Visionary Art really knows how to put on a show, that everyone can see. Campout on the parade route or go first class in a VIP area. Tickets for the ball and VIP area, plus routes, address and a whole lot more are on the website: thehoustonartcarparade.com.
The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is this weekend Friday through Sunday. This festival juries from a national selection of fine artists and is another “milestone” event for our local artists to get into.
Cindy Cherrington, a glass artist, was one of the first artists to attend my show from the beginning. It’s amazing to see someone and their art only once in a while, it’s comparable to watching home movies on high speed when the kids grow up in minutes.
Cherrington’s art has definitely evolved over the years and currently, her focus is creating paintings with glass. They are amazing and colorful.
Getting into a show like The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is sometimes about patience and luck.
Cherrington was fifth on the waitlist in her category when she got the acceptance letter.
“Being accepted, even off the waitlist, makes me feel that my art really is good,” Cherrington said. “I’ve been juried into many other shows, but not of this caliber.”
Does being accepted into juried shows change how you create and present your work?
“It wasn’t until I took an online course with a gallery owner that actually took me to the more professional level,” Cherrington said. “He talked about consistency, style, subject and presentation just to mention a few. Since the course, I’ve gotten into higher end shows. If you want people to take your art seriously, you have to take it seriously and treat it as a business.”
What is the best thing about attending a show like Waterway?
“Waterway is a great show. It has many out of state artists as well as local artists. It is laid out with good flow. It’s a big show, but not so big that you walk for miles trying to see over 300 artists. The parking is close by. Drink stands are all along the waterway as well as in the larger tent areas.”
Cherrington is in booth #317, right on the Waterway. Tell her hi for me.
The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is located at The Woodlands Town Center – Including Town Green Park, Along the Waterway from the Marriott to Grogan’s Mill Road. Entrances are located next to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2099 Lake Robbins Dr. The Woodlands, TX 77380. thewoodlandsartscouncil.org Now for some horn tooting!
Saturday is The Market at Sawyer Yards and coinciding with the Second Saturday Open Studios. Because of the rainout last month, I invited all the artists back and we’ve doubled in size, approaching 40 exhibitors.
One new exhibitor is SatKartar Khalsa, a carpenter by trade and wood artist at all other times. I recall Khalsa many years ago arriving first for the Art Car Parade and assembling his bed with metal frame and canopy on the esplanade on Allen Parkway. Then he would go home and retrieve his wife, so that she could watch the parade with everyone else, albeit, with a bit more comfort.
I’ve got a full roster with amazing photos from these talented artisans on the website, SawyerStreetMarket.com. We’re open 11 – 5 p.m. and located along the mural wall beside the Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer St. See you there!
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com.