There are weekend events – and then there are weekends “owned” by events.
In Louisville, there are at least two such weekends. One is the first Saturday in May, which is Derby, and the other is the first weekend in October, when the St. James Court Art Show rules Old Louisville.
Centered on a neighborhood with a concentrated collection of Victorian-era mansions, the juried fine arts and fine crafts show currently offers 750 exhibitors from North America. The free, open air event runs three days, Friday through Sunday, and sprawls for more than a mile along several streets south of Louisville’s Central Park.
Sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, watercolors, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, floral arrangements, metal work, wood work, furniture, toys, crafts, stained glass and art glass, windows, clothing, needlework, quilts, leather goods, enamel work – the list is endless. The show being juried ensures wares of high quality – so high, in fact that St. James has been named a top national art show by a trade magazine three times.
Food tents, beer and wine vendors, picnic tables, portable toilets and a musical stage are also scattered throughout the show location.
Funds raised by the annual show aid five Old Louisville non-profit neighborhood associations and one church raise funds to pay for maintenance and beautification projects that contribute to the area’s character. Past show projects have included the installation of new benches, flower urns and trash bins along Fourth Street, the installation of period street lights, and the development of a park at Third & Hill Streets. Show funds have also helped restore and maintain the picturesque St. James Court fountain.
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