The Woodlands Artwork Series #5: A Tribute to George and Cynthia Mitchell

A Tribute to Cynthia Mitchell, The Woodlands, The Woodlands Artwork
  • by Jay Hester
  • Bronze Metal Casting
  • Installed 1997 & 2002

These familiar faces sit in front of the entrance to the iconic Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The Pavilion, a Woodlands landmark, was the brainchild of our community’s founders George and Cynthia Mitchell, who wanted a world-class performing arts facility to bring musicians and entertainers right into our backyard.


The Mitchell’s children commissioned the sculpture as a monument to their parents’ dedication and service to The Woodlands community. The sculpture depicts both George and Cynthia Mitchell surrounded by delighted children, on a bench and gathered in a circle listening to a story. The images truly capture the Mitchell’s compassion for and involvement with residents of The Woodlands; this sculpture is an important reminder of how much we owe these patrons for our beautiful community.

The artist, Jay Hester, currently lives in Beorne, Texas, where he has a studio for his Western and Native American artwork. His work aims to capture the “rustic beauty and depth of the people and places that define the American West,” in addition to the essence of American culture and values. He has many commissioned works displayed around the state, and a personal gallery for perusal and purchase in Beorne.

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