At ARTFEEL, the entire community of The Woodlands is encouraged to take the stage. 

Held quarterly, the public art appreciation show takes place on the outdoor stage of Market Street—the community’s open-air retail district. Each event spotlights a particular public artwork and asks area residents to share how that artwork makes them feel. Some people sing, some dance, some play instruments, some storytell, read a literary excerpt or perform spoken-word poetry. Others show-and-tell their own artwork in progress or share a sentimental object from home. And some say just one word—the emotion the artwork has evoked in them. The rules are there are no rules. Everyone gets two minutes or less to express themselves using the artwork in the spotlight as a creative prompt.

Now in its third year, ARTFEEL is produced by The Woodlands Arts Council and hosted by local arts and culture writer Nickole KernerBobley, with Sweekman Artists and The Sarah Kelly School of Music providing featured musical artists. The live show also serves as a gathering place for area art clubs to display their latest works and announce upcoming events, classes and workshops.

When it comes to planning events, planners must be choosy when determining the venue. Setting priorities like location, size, and technological capabilities sets them up for a successful event, but often forces them to weed out dozens of venues due to their limitations. Although sometimes, a venue comes along that provides the perfect location, high-speed technology, and much more without having to compromise.

 

Whether a team is still working from home, or has made a phased return to the office, the past few months have seemed monotonous with not as many in-person meetings and events to break up work weeks. Meeting with a group boosts motivation, and Zoom meetings can’t compare when it comes to rallying morale. After months at home, planning small meetings and corporate getaways away from home is a great way to motivate and revitalize a team’s performance–especially when the destination provides all of the benefits that Colorado offers.

 

Nickole Kerner Bobley describes her childhood in The Woodlands as charmed. Summer days were spent exploring the community just north of Houston. One of her favorite activities was watching the installation of The Woodlands’ iconic public art. She and her friends would sit in awe, perched on their bikes, as the giant cranes carefully positioned the sculptures in place. It had a lasting impact on her. “I attribute my adult love of art to where I lived,” she notes.