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Published on Jul 29, 2011
This iconic Old Louisville art show has come a long way from its inaugural event in 1957 when paintings were hung on clotheslines. The St. James Court Art Show achieved national recognition in subsequent years and today draws nearly 750 exhibitors and more than 300,000 visitors.
The show, held the first full weekend of October, was originally organized by the St. James Court neighborhood association to raise money to maintain the grounds and fountain. The fountain, built in 1892, is the centerpiece of this Victorian neighborhood, one of the largest in the country.
The art show now features a poster contest and an art scholarship competition for high school students, and involves five neighborhood associations and one church. Margue Esrock has directed the show since 2005, and the accolades keep coming in. It was named the #1 Art Show in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine in 2010.