300,000 expected at St. James Court Art Show this weekend

Chris Coffey
Chris Coffey

By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

OLD LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The first weekend in October is here. That means the artists and crowds are taking over Old Louisville for the St. James Court Art Show.

About 300,000 people are expected during the three-day run. Now in its 54th year, the show has come a long way since art was hung on a clothesline. It now hosts more than 700 artists from all over the country.

"I love the setting," said Chris Coffey, an artist from Ohio. "This neighborhood is terrific. People are loyal to the show."

Coffey says he has been showing his at here for more than a decade.

And Coffey says he doesn't just love the show. He also loves shooting the city. One of his most popular pieces is of Whiskey Row downtown.

"I lived in Chicago for a time," Coffey said. "Chicago is one of those places that saved a lot of their old buildings and incorporated them in a way that's seamless and complimentary. I think Louisville's done the same."

Getting your work on display is a competitive process. Jim Smith travels all over the country with his hand-carved, wooden pepper grinders.

"Each one is hand crafted," Smith said. "The uniqueness of the wood is what I try to bring out. If it has a flaw in it, that's what nature is; nature isn't always perfect.

Smith says it took him three years to get into this show. Last year he did 27 shows and traveled more than 30,000 miles; he says this show is one of the best.

New this year, there's a stage near Central Park. Local musicians will perform from 12-5 every day. The show is open until 6 Friday and Saturday. It ends at 5 p.m. Sunday.

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