Three Art Festivals

It’s September, which means it’s the beginning of the local outdoor festivals. This weekend is art central, with three festivals happening around town. In addition to art, all include music, food and drink.
The fourth annual Portland Art & Heritage Fair (15th and Lytle streets) is Saturday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This is a movable feast, with bike tours, the “Love Bus” trolley and horse buggy rides.

The ninth annual Mellwood September Art Fair at Mellwood Art Center (1860 Mellwood Ave.) is on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. What makes this festival different is that it offers demonstrations by its artists, is partially indoors and has on-site parking. 

And for the first time there is the Big Four Bridge Arts Festival (Waterfront Park at the Big Four Bridge). It features 150 local and national artists, with a special Emerging Artist Program section. The two-day festival is on Saturday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


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Three Art Festivals

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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