The Woodlands, TX – The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival has announced the selection of Scott Swezy as the featured artist for the inaugural event set for May 20 and 21 along The Woodlands Waterway®. Festival hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

Swezy, a longtime resident of New Mexico, is no stranger to the Texas art scene. A former Best of Show award winner and poster artist for the Bayou City Art Festival, Swezy was handpicked to create the fine art poster for the first Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival. Titled "Woodlands Reflections," the piece "…expresses the serene beauty of this extraordinary community," Swezy said.

The artwork will appear in festival advertising, as well as merchandise including festival T-shirts and tote bags. Commemorative posters signed by Swezy will be available at the festival for $15. The original painting also will be for sale at the event.

"We are thrilled to have Scott Swezy as the first featured artist for The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival," said Brenda Gottlieb, festival chairwoman. "Scott is nationally renowned for his original paintings and has been a featured artist for many of the country's top festivals."

Swezy moved to Albuquerque from New York in 1974. Attending the University of New Mexico, he studied painting, printmaking and music. Captivated by the dramatic scenery of the southwest, Swezy spent the next 16 years as a landscape artist, drawing and painting the canyons, mountains and mesas of Arizona and New Mexico. The mid-90s marked a new era for Swezy as he began his journey into the world of abstraction. The deserts, mountains and large open spaces of the Southwest were transformed into brilliant building blocks of color and form. The new abstract paintings and monotypes, built upon the foundation of the landscape, are now free to go wherever Swezy's imagination takes them.

Whether working in oil, acrylic or pastel, Swezy's eclectic style results in bold, colorful abstracts and romantic, atmospheric landscapes. The last few years, he has spent a lot of time on the road, exhibiting his work at nationally recognized shows.

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is a juried fine art show featuring 200 national and regional artists of various mediums selling their original creations. The festival will take place along the meandering Waterway from The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center alongside The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and culminating at the new four-acre Town Green Park. This beautifully landscaped site in the heart of The Woodlands will feature ample parking, water taxi and trolley service along the entire length of the festival, concessions within the festival site, and an array of eateries and shops within walking distance of the festival.

"This festival has generated a tremendous amount of interest from many touring fine artists in the United States," said Lynette Wallace, festival director. "A milestone was set when we reached 400 artist applications for the 200 slots. That's practically unheard of for a debuting art festival. The artists are excited about this event and look forward to the beautiful locale and the art patrons it will attract."

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is sponsored in part by The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

For more information about The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, visit the festival's Web site at, send an e-mail to [email protected], or call the Art Colony Association at 713-521-0133.

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The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is a partnership between The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council and the Art Colony Association. The Art Colony Association, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, has been producing art festivals that benefit local charities for 34 years. The Bayou City Art Festivals annually rank among the top art festivals in the country for fine art and art patrons.

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