The Big Four Arts Festival

The Big Four Bridge Art Festival will be in its second year in 2018. Surrounded by a beautiful venue with entertainment, food, beverages, and childrens’ activities in a family-friendly atmosphere. Artists are chosen by an independent panel of 3 judges. There are 200+ quality, juried local and national artists.

St. James Court Art Show

During this three-day event you’ll find delightful works of art in 17 artistic mediums, from clay to wood, lovingly created by over 700 talented artists. With so much to choose from, you’re sure to discover your next must-have treasure. And if you are in need of refreshment during your search, just stop at one our food vendors for a rejuvenating snack and beverage.

For a complete list of our artists and our food vendors, be sure to pick up the complimentary 2017 St. James Court Art Show Program, available at the Welcome Tents located at: St James Court & Magnolia Ave., 4th & Magnolia Ave., 3rd & Magnolia Ave., St James Court & Hill St. Or just ask one of our friendly volunteers.

Thanks for visiting, we’re glad you’re here!

Directions to the St. James Court Art Show

The St. James Court Art Show® is held in Historic Old Louisville just south of Central Park on St. James Court, Belgravia Court, Magnolia Avenue, Third and Fourth Streets. Old Louisville is approximately 3 miles south of downtown Louisville and just 3 blocks north of The University of Louisville. During the show, all streets within the event perimeter will be closed.

Park Offsite and Shuttle Options

$6 TARC Zero Bus Shuttle from the Brown Garage

Park in the Brown Garage for $6, located at 658 S. 3rd Street, and jump on TARC’s Zero Bus. Drop off and pick up is at 2nd & Hill Street. One block East of the Art Show.

$10 Second Street Neighborhood Association Shuttle Service

Park at Jefferson County Technical College for $10, located at 109 E. Broadway, the Second Street Neighborhood’s Shuttle runs every 10 minutes. Shuttle only – $5 per person.

Parking Options

Please note that paid parking lots at area schools, churches and valet parking are fundraisers for these organizations. Patronizing them is much appreciated.

Valet Park $20. (Fundraiser for Kappa Sigma Fraternity at University of Louisville)

Valet drop off is located at 6th & Magnolia.

Choose to Pay to Park and help raise money for these organizations.

Cochran Elementary School: 500 W Gaulbert

DuPont Manual High School: 120 W. Lee St.

Noe Middle School: 121 W Lee St.

Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS): 1517 S 2nd St.

Handicapped Parking

Handicapped Parking is available on the East Side of 6th (along Central Park) at 6th & Magnolia Ave. and the north lane of Hill between St. James Court and 3rd Streets.


Click here for special rates on the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau lodging site for the Art Show.

Old Louisville Bed and Breakfasts

Visit their web site: There are several B&B’s within walking distance of the art show in Old Louisville. Be sure to ask about their location and distance to the art show before booking.

RV & Camper Overnight Parking

Overnight stays are strictly prohibited on city streets.


Cochran Elementary 500 W. Gaulbert Ave 502-485-8230; ask for Charlie

Kentucky Exposition Center 502-367-5380

Elevate your 2017 St James Court Art Show Experience with Hospitality Tent Tickets

Treat yourself, best friend, mom or sister to a fun day(s) at St. James. Hospitality Tent Tickets include*:

  • Parking Pass with easy access parking for all 3 days
  • Unlimited Hospitality Tent Access- Lunch and beverages for you and a guest
  • A signed and numbered 2017 Poster
  • A complimentary year’s subscription to the Commonwealth’s premier leisure magazine Kentucky Monthly

The 2017 Hospitality Tent Tickets are available now for $99. Purchase by Friday, Sept. 22nd.

Big Four Arts Festival



September 8th: Premiere Gala 5pm
September 9th: 9am – 7pm
September 10th: 9am – 5pm

Featuring 80-100 juried artists, international cuisine, children’s activities, and entertainment. The Big Four Arts Festival is a FREE event supported by artists, vendors, and local sponsorship.

Quality art in a perfect venue, the variety of art Louisville deserves with the added venue of the Ohio River waterfront and the Big Four Bridge pedestrian walk, hotels, restaurants, Bourbon Row nightlife, family friendly atmosphere, ample parking and shopping near by.

Each year, the Big Four™ Arts Festival invites guests to start the weekend of fine art, food and entertainment with the Big Four Arts Festival Preview Party. Guests for this one night only event have exclusive access to select artist booths in the Big Four™ Arts Festival to view the art of the guest artists, enjoy delicious food and beverages and, of course, have the first chance to buy limited edition works of art! This is one of the most highly anticipated nights in Louisville’s social calendar.

Portrait Work: Looking for Me to Capture You?

Discussion with the client is welcome and necessary throughout the portrait procedure. Of utmost importance is a trusting relationship between the painter and the client. It is in my clients’ best interest to accept input and assistance in choosing the setting, wardrobe, pose and lighting for the subject of the painting.

It is not just how I place paint on canvas that makes me an artist. It is how I see, arrange, compose, and “feel about the subject” that are of equal, if not more, importance. I work carefully with you to ensure that your painting will be a true, classic portrait, that captures the likeness as well as the spirit of the subject.

Whenever possible, I prefer to spend some time merely chatting with and getting to know the subject for an hour or so before any sketching or photography is done. It is during this time, as well as throughout all interaction with the subject, that I am watching for “unintended revelations” — those moments when pretense is discarded and the soul comes to rest on the surface. These are the gestures, the expressions and the attitudes that I capture in my memory, to recreate on canvas a true likeness — a reflection of the person that is known, not just a correct arrangement of features.

For our first meeting, I schedule a sitting and/or photography session at your convenience. This first session or “sitting” can take place in my studio or at your home, office or other location, and will take from two to four hours. During this first session I may do a preliminary color study from life. Extensive photographic reference material is gathered to allow me to proceed in my studio after the sitting concludes.

  • All photos are kept in strict confidence, and are for my use only in creating the final painting.
  • No photos can or will be displayed or published without written consent of the person whose image is in the photograph. Your confidence is assured.


Source of Reference Photography

It is important to understand, that, except in the case of posthumous portraits, I do not work from photographs other than those shot by me. The way I photograph is guided by my sensitivities as a painter, and observer of people. I’ve have learned over time that here is no way to convey to another photographer what I need. It is purely a matter of instinct. I make no exceptions.

Photography Fees

In principle, I do not charge anything extra for the photo session, as that is part of the commission. If however the portrait commission is terminated, and my client wants the photographs, a fee of $75 is to be paid for time and materials, and the photographs will be delivered on a CD.

Otherwise, the only cost for photography would be travel expenses to locations farther than 50 miles from my studio. I am willing to travel round trip to any location worldwide at nothing more than the cost of my expenses plus a reasonable amount more for my time.

Reception & Awards Ceremony: The 23rd Annual African American Art Exhibition

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A Juried Art Show

Friday, February 3, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Actors Theatre of Louisville | 316 West Main Street

The African American Art Exhibition at Actors Theatre is one of the oldest and leading national exhibitions of its kind. Now in its 23rd year, this annual exhibition celebrates African American history, culture and art, and has become a popular highlight of the region’s visual arts scene. Yearly, more than 20,000 arts patrons view the exhibit.

On February 3rd, 2017, Actors Theatre will host a reception to honor the artists who were selected to participate in this year’s exhibition. This free reception will include an awards ceremony where the artists are awarded merit prizes, including the Brown-Forman Corporation purchase award. This year’s exhibition was juried by renowned artist, Kevin Cole.

Please join us at this FREE event for an evening of music, art and celebration.

The Artists

Aukram Burton
Sandra Charles
Ronald W. Claxton
Ryan Davis
Tasiir Franz
Arnold Hinton
Anthony W. Lanier
John “Jahni” Moore
Barbara Tyson Mosley
Rashawn Penister
Derrick Phillips, Sr.
George “Buddy” Ray
Charles Rice
Craig Screven
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