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liza jane norman

This was the first year for me in Louisville (2012). I was in the Belgravia Ct section. You have never met nicer people, both the hosts of the event, and the shoppers at the event. it was like a conveyor belt of people in front of the booth at times, you just hoped the people who liked your work stepped off the belt, otherwise they were swept on down the row and would have to make a full circle to get back to your booth..
The slopes they talk about on Belgravia court are for real, i wish i had been better prepared, i just read "uneven pavement", not 3 foot drop in the front of the booth from the back of the booth! it was a great show financially for me and I had three good size reorders..i was invited back and plan on being there!

Marina Teauds

Show Name: St. James Court Art Show
City and State: Louisville
Your Medium: Printmaking
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2012
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $2001-$5000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 5-10 times
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 4
Location: 5 (great)
Facilities: 2
Ease of Participating: 3
Sales: 3
Overall: 3
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Poor
Estimated Attendance: Not really sure.

Good Things about this Art Fair: Location. I love this old beautiful place. Very kind people. Loyal patrons, they return every year. Pretty well organized load in/set up.

Bad Things about this Art Fair: Very difficult load out/tear down. Quality of art was much better earlier, it is going down. Same about sales.

Additional Commentary on this Show: City replants trees in the court pretty often. Booth fee could be a surprice because of that. They took down a tree near my space, and show asked for $280 more, on the top of regular $500 booth fee. (pay or loose the space).

Cappi Phillips

Show Name: St. James Court
City and State: Louisville, KY
Your Medium: 3D mixed media
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2011
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $2001-$5000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 10+ times!
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 4
Location: 4
Facilities: 2
Ease of Participating: 2
Sales: 1 (poor)
Overall: 2
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Poor
Estimated Attendance: 50,001+ people

Good Things about this Art Fair: Beautiful section of Louisville. It's nice to know that your booth fees are going to help maintain this area.

Bad Things about this Art Fair: Too many booths, too high booth fees to sales ratio. Artists park far away and pay to park. Not an easy show to do.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show: This was once a "jewel". Our best show for many years in a row. It's just too big. Serious shoppers don't come out because it's difficult to park. Quality on the court has been sliding.

Additional Commentary on this Show (or about this form): Show director was very helpful and visible during set up.

Robin Craig for Lorne Smith

This was our first year at the show. The sales were above $500 and below $2,000. Acrylic paintings on canvas.
It was an amazing weekend. It was such an honor to be a part of the St James Court Art Show. The hosts were friendly, helpful and gracious.
We met wonderful people who were hosting the show and so many wonderful families who were also participating in the show.
We would do this show again, just for the experience of being a part of it . . . although, financially we barely met expenses. I think if you believe in yourself and your product, the finances will eventually take care of themselves. Fortunately we do not depend on any income from the shows. If we did, we would not be able to participate in this show.

Michelle Wermuth

Show Name: St James Court
City and State: Louisville KY
Your Medium: Photography
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2011
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $501-$2000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 1st time
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 4
Location: 2
Facilities: 4
Ease of Participating: 4
Sales: 1 (poor)
Overall: 3
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Poor
Estimated Attendance: 50,001+ people

Good Things about this Art Fair: It's very well publicized. Relatively easy load in and out. Booth sitters and volunteers were very easy to find. A section captain roams all day to make sure you don't need anything.

Bad Things about this Art Fair: Too big. Also the new artists are placed in the Inner Court for less of a crowd.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show: Be prepared for lots of people! It is overwhelming the crowd size.

For more of my commentary on this show please click on my name below to visit my blog on ArtFairInsiders.com.

Jane Forkum

Show Name: St. James Court Art Show
City and State: Louisville, KY
Your Medium: Jewelry
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2010
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $10,000+
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 3-5 times
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5 (great)
Location: 5 (great)
Facilities: 4
Ease of Participating: 4
Sales: 5 (great)
Overall: 5 (great)
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Great
Estimated Attendance: 100,000+ people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
The folks who come to this show appreciate arts and crafts and are ready to buy. We have had customers who have come from as far away as Chicago and Wisconsin who travel to Louisville just for the opportunity to come to St. James. We now have loyal customers who come looking for us and and have purchased every year.

Bad Things about this Art Fair:
Set up is fairly much a nightmare mostly because its so huge. However, everyone remains in pretty good spirits and we have always managed to get in and out safely and fairly efficiently.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
In recent years it seems that shoppers are looking for lower priced items. We are not in the "Court" area, and have had people tell us they don't even go there because everything is so expensive. You'll just have to take that for what its worth.

Additional Commentary on this Show:
As long as we are accepted, we will return to Louisville. It has been our best show of the year for the last three years.

For more of my commentary on this show please click on my name below to visit my blog on ArtFairInsiders.com."

Emily Sims

Show Name: Saint James Court Art Show - Saint James section
City and State: Louisville, KY
Your Medium: Jewelry
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show: 2010
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $7501-10,000
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show: 2-3 times
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 4
Location: 5 (great)
Facilities: 3
Ease of Participating: 4
Sales: 4
Overall: 4
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Good
Estimated Attendance: 10,001-25,000 people

Good Things about this Art Fair:
Well juried. Beautiful, prestigious show. Great communication from director in advance. Street jurying by peer jurors. Artists' breakfast. Beautiful setting.

Unbelievably enthusiastic and friendly crowds, many of whom come from great distances and save up all year for this show. They also come back the next day because they come to town for the whole weekend.

Well-organized load-in and load-out *considering* the challenge of setting up in an urban neighborhood.

Bad Things about this Art Fair:
No real bathrooms anywhere; port-a-jons only (although there are a lot of them). Food options not very good (although there are plenty of them!). No electricity--and show is in a shady neighborhood.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
Have good jury slides. Consider using a boat battery to operate some lights (generators are not allowed, which is a good thing, since they are noisy).

If your booth is in the outer part of the show, consider using railroad ties to build a step up to your booth, because some of the curbs are a bit high.

Additional Commentary on this Show:
We definitely did better once we got a booth on the street. However, the year that we were in the inner court, we had a corner towards the end of one of the grassy "islands" and did better than some other people did in the other parts of the inner court. We actually did better in the inner court of this show than we did on 4th street the year before. I think it depends on your price point. If you have a higher price point, I think it's worth it to consider the main show even if you do get a booth on the inner court.

Doing this show is a real experience. It might take a while to build a following here but it is worth it.

sandi finney

Functional Pottery
Did St. James Court for 3 years after 4 years on Third Street. Sales down - lots of potters and average sale was about $40. I really love this show although it's no longer a money maker for me.

Mark Zurek

Photography
Well. First off this is one of those shows you have to experience before you retire from the circuit.The neighborhood is one that everyone might dream to live in.

The organization is so well done, it almost runs itself.The Southern politeness is witnessed everywhere. Load in and load out takes patience, but it just plain works.

I had asked a few vets what to expect. First, they said, you will end up on the inner court.Just the way it is, gotta pay your dues. Don't expect big sales, you will see less than half the traffic the outer parts receive.Well sports fans, the sages were correct on all accounts.

Sunday, well hope springs eternal but the cold temps and no sun didn't help things much, and we ended up a bit less than $2500 for a three day show. One medium sized piece, the rest all small stuff.Damn.This covers show expense, food, the room but no profit. Translates into a lost weekend from a financial perspective.

I have to say, before this comes off as overly negative, I loved the town, respect the show promoters and adore the people (just wish they'd open the purse strings up a bit).

(Read the rest of this review at ArtFairInsiders.com)

Nels Johnson

Photography
My space is on the court, you don't want to be on the inner court of St. James. You are better off applying to the 3rd and 4th Street shows. The inner court loses about 40 per cent of the crowd that never makes it down that way.

I have done it for 15 years, and this year, for the first time, I made less money than when I was on the inner court in 1995.
This show is more like a social event. I meet and vibe with more artists at this show then anywhere else on the planet.Besides our show, there are at least four other shows in the same vicinity.

It is a giant fund-raiser for the SJ Court area. The heads of all the shows coordinate together, they have an orderly setup and teardown package that really works. They have great volunteers who man booths on breaks, guide vans in, and do a wealth of other duties.
Many people had killer sales at this show. I know at least two photographers who did better than $10K. Ellen had one of her best shows ever, here. Sold two big originals, If she had sold a third, we would have had to cancel Houston next week. My neighbor with wooden spoons killed them all weekend. But, for most of us, sales were definitely down by 25%.
This has become a low-end selling show. It is hard to move high-end pieces here. They buy cliches here. It is hard to sell original "art from the heart" here. You can twenty-dollar them to death here, if they choose to buy.

All in all, this was not the best of years there, but hell yes, I would come back here.

(Read the rest of this review at ArtFairInsiders.com)

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