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THE FRIENDSHIP CENTER’S MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM UNVEILS COMMUNITY ART MURALS CREATED AT THE WOODLANDS WATERWAY ARTS FESTIVAL 2014

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THE FRIENDSHIP CENTER’S MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM
UNVEILS COMMUNITY ART MURALS CREATED AT
THE WOODLANDS WATERWAY ARTS FESTIVAL 2014
Visit the Festival and Help Create Another Art Project This Year!

THE WOODLANDS, TX – (Date) – “Woodlands Alive,” a two-panel art mural designed by Carolina Dalmas and Lauren Combs of The Woodlands Art League and painted by hundreds of guests at The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival last year, has been installed at the Meals on Wheels location at The Friendship Center’s building in The Woodlands. The collaborative creation was donated to The Friendship Center as part of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council’s continuing program to create and share works of art with local community organizations. Every other year, a community organization is selected as the recipient for art pieces created at two consecutive Festivals.
“The art created by The Woodlands Art League at the event last year benefited our Meals on Wheels program in two very touching ways,” said Allison Hulett, Executive Director of The Friendship Center. “Two murals were painted at the festival for us to hang outside of our Meals on Wheels dock where the volunteers pick up meals to be delivered. The fun thing about it is that they were painted by many community members at the festival, young and old, so it has the ‘fingerprints of the community’ on it, so to speak.
“Then, The Woodlands Art League supervised a children’s art area where the kids painted these beautiful little sunflower blocks for our Meals on Wheels clients. They absolutely loved them. We got a lot of thank you notes expressing gratitude for the gesture,” Hulett said.
Another art piece will be created for Meals on Wheels at this year’s festival, set for Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12, 2015 along The Woodlands Waterway and in Town Green Park.
The 2015 community art project will be a sculpture piece, designed and created by Carolina Dalmas and Abby Salazar of The Woodlands Art League. “The piece is inspired by the work of Festival Featured Artist Sean Brown, representing the whimsical wildlife of The Woodlands,” Salazar said. “Festival goers will have the opportunity to participate in the creation by painting feathers that will become part of the artwork. Each feather will represent the vitality of our thriving community.”
“These art pieces created at the festival and donated to community organizations are the perfect expression of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council’s mission to enrich our community through the beauty and meaning of art,” said Cindy Hardin, President of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council. “We extend our thanks to The Woodlands Art League for their creativity and dedication to this project.”
Throughout the year, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council provides regional cultural and educational enrichment opportunities that encourage, support and promote the performing and visual arts. Through its community and educational outreach program, Because Art Matters (BAM), the Council mentors youth, serves those with special needs and circumstances, works with seniors, forges partnerships with community organizations and institutions, positively impacts the local economy, and gives back to the community through scholarships and charity partnerships. The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council produces The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, an annual juried fine arts festival that is ranked the #1 fine arts festival in Texas and #3 in the U.S.
Major sponsors of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival 2015 include Stella Artois, The Woodlands Development Company, The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.
In celebration of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival’s 10th Anniversary, the event has been expanded to three days. Festival times are 11 am – 6 pm on Friday, April 10, 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday, April 11 and 10am – 5 pm on Sunday, April 12. Adult tickets are $10 on Friday, $12 on the weekend or $15 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets to the festival and the 60-Second Art Dash Party on Friday, April 10 are now available online at www.woodlandsartsfestival.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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For more information, contact:
Jenny Wright
281-744-0194
jenny@woodlandsartsfestival.com