Sunshine kicks off 62nd Annual St James Court Art Show

By Connie Leonard | WAVE 3 News

Temperatures are heating up in WAVE country and so are all the great fall events.

From Friday night’s University of Louisville game vs. Georgia Tech to the kickoff of Harvest Homecoming, it’s a weekend jammed full of fun, including one of the most popular art shows in the country.

Fountain court at the St. James Art Show.

That’s the 62nd Annual St. James Court Art Show in Old Louisville and the three day event began with a huge crowd.

Thousands of people were on hand to see hundreds of artists from all over the country, and what a difference the sun made.

While it may have been a little muggy for October, shopper Amie Shanks said she didn’t mind.

“There is no rain, we almost don’t know how to act,” she laughed.

Rain has been a pain at the show in the past few years.

“Look, we’re shopping without ponchos!” Shanks said.

Loving the 80’s, thousands of shoppers like Shanks and her daughter Molly Rhode couldn’t wait to pack Old Louisville’s annual must-see fall event.

The weather was a big plus for Ohio Artisan Mark Schultz, who didn’t want his beautiful handmade custom furniture getting wet.

“I definitely will take the heat over the rain,” he said, “Especially with furniture being outdoors.”

“It’s always one of the biggest variables for us, the weather so, heat is not a big deal, rain is a problem,” Schultz said.

Warm and sunny is what Florida Artist Ed Myers is used to.

“Yeah, it’s great, there’s a ton of people here,” he said of the opening day crowd.

Myers’ unique digital work pairs history with technology.

“I create everything from scratch,” Myers explained, “using what’s called a Wacom tablet and you paint right on the screen.”

The piece appeared to be looking back at those who took a peek.

Many folks who attend St. James do like to look before buying.

Staring down everything from turned wood bowls to blown glass sculpture can be an art in itself.

“We like to look at everything and then go back and buy our favorite things,” smiled Rhode.

Rhode’s long stroll gave her baby Everette time to nap and her mother time to go back for a must-have handmade craft.

“I want the broom,” she laughed, pointing down at another booth. “I’m going back to get it, so by Halloween, I can ride my broom.”

There is no cost to enter the show. Saturday’s hours are 10- 6 and Sunday 10-5.

 

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