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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) --An eclectic collection of sculptures, paintings, and other hand-crafted designs is on display in Old Louisville.
It's the 56th year of the St. James Court Art Show, and crowds turned out for the 10 a.m. opening of one of the premiere shows in the country.
The show features everything from hand-made Santas to custom-made boots designed to fit your foot perfectly, to handmade jewelry. 750 artists are attending.
It attracts artists and visitors not just from Kentucky, but from around the country. At its peak, 300,000 people have attended.
Proceeds from the show help maintain the St. James Fountain and the grounds in the Victorian Old Louisville community, as well as a scholarship fund.
The fine arts community, however, has taken a financial hit in the current economy, making the show that much more important to the attending artists. They need to make a connection with patrons because they need to make a sale.
WDRB's Gilbert Corsey asked one shopper what makes an artwork "pop out" to her: "You take a lot of time and you try to stop at almost every booth if you can," says Susan Heightman. "You don't really know you need something until you walk by see it and -- we always buy things we don't really need, but things the kids want."
The St. James Art Show runs from 10-6 Friday and Saturday, 10-5 on Sunday.