St. James Court Art Show goes virtual amid COVID-19 pandemic

By ELIZABETH PACE | WAVE 3 News

A fall tradition in Old Louisville made major changes this year because of coronavirus.

For the first time in decades, the first weekend of October will not bring crowds to St. James Court for the annual art show. Instead, everyone will head online.

“What was our responsibility to provide a safe environment and could we do that, Executive Director Howard Rosenberg said. We kept looking at it and looking at it and finally made the decision that we could not in good conscience put this show on in what has been its historic form.”

Starting at 10 a.m. Friday, the online auction will go live on the show’s website.

Rosenberg said about 260 artists are participating in the virtual show this year. Each will have an online booth to showcase their work.

Source: St James Court Art Show

Not all artists are able to participate because it’s not easy, Rosenberg said. You have to have stock, you have to set up an online booth similar to what you would do on the street.

St. James Art Fair
The St. James Art Fair, one of Louisville’s most popular events every autumn, is going virtual in 2020.

Because of the changes this year, show organizers will keep the auction open for the entire month of October. The public can browse through items and buy online.

Typically, the outdoor event would have about 650 artists from around the United States and Canada, attracting more than 250,000 people throughout the weekend. Rosenberg said it would bring in around $5 million to the City of Louisville.

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