Louisville, Kentucky – Standing in front of the renowned St. James Court Fountain, the official 2018 St. James Court Art Show poster was unveiled today.
St. James Court Art Show Executive Director, Howard Rosenberg and Official Poster Artist, K.O. Lewis stood next to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Councilman David James as the poster was unveiled.
“I’m just proud to say St. James (Court Art Show) showcases our city values, compassion, and life-long learning all come together in such a beautiful artistic way every year at St. James,” said Mayor Fischer.
Born and raised in the West-End of Louisville, Lewis was influenced by his inner city upbringings, which shaped his creative direction. He is known for his portrait-based artwork, incorporating iconic figures and inspirational quotes, with intentions of uplifting ones’ spirit. Lewis sees art as an opportunity to explore thoughts and ideas that arise from current events and give them meaning.
For the 2018 St. James Court Art Show poster Lewis incorporated the iconic St. James Court Fountain, along with the names of the surrounding areas, such as Belgravia Court and 3rd Street.
“It is an absolute honor to create a piece of art for such a prestigious show to represent the history and importance of such a staple in the Louisville community over the past 62 years,” said Lewis. “My artwork incorporates portrait based visuals with uplifting quotes that are representative of the subject matter. My goal was to incorporate the centerpiece of the iconic St. James Court Fountain with the names of the participating neighborhoods surrounding the area. I also wanted to use warm autumn colors contrasting with cool teals to represent the season in which the show takes place.”
Prints of the official 2018 St. James Court Art Show poster can be purchased at Booth #SJ-225 across from The St. James Court Fountain during the art show. Prints are $25 for unsigned and $50 for a limited edition version that is signed and numbered. Only 100 signed prints will be available for purchase.
The 62nd annual St. James Court Art Show will take place Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6 from 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. and Sunday, October 7 from 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Admission is free, and the art show will be held rain or shine.
For more information about the St. James Court Art Show, visit stjamescourtartshow.com and follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/StJamesCourtArtSh
ABOUT ST. JAMES COURT ART SHOW
The St. James Court Art Show® is a juried fine arts and contemporary crafts show held among the country’s largest collection of Victorian homes in the heart of historic Old Louisville. St. James Court Art Show® was founded on October 12, 1957 by St. James Court Association president, Malcolm Bird. Back in 1957, St James Court Association was faced with an empty treasury, mounting debt for recent fountain repairs, and an immediate need to generate funds. The Art Show seemed to be a
perfect means to generate funds and bring residents together. For over 60 years, the first full weekend in October has meant that it’s St. James Court Art Show time. What originally began as a way to pay the bills has become an autumn tradition that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to see (and purchase) original art from talented artists.
ABOUT KENNETH “K.O.” LEWIS
Born and raised in the West-End of Louisville, KY influences of the inner city have shaped my artistic expression and creative direction. The portrait-based artwork incorporates iconic figures and inspirational quotes, with intentions of uplifting ones’ spirit. The best way to describe this combination is “Contemporary Expressionism”. A very important aspect of my work is the use of bright bold colors. The expressive use of color assists in capturing the energy and essence of the subject matter while capturing the attention of the viewer. My artwork is not just a reflection of the portraits I depict, but also of the feelings and energy I get when I view them. Capturing that energy and depicting the feel of their life is my ultimate goal. Growing up, art was a way to express myself and explore the many things around me. Now, I see art as an opportunity to explore thoughts and ideas that arise from current events and give them meaning through my artistic voice. More of my work can be seen on Facebook.com/lewisacrylics50.