In some ways the annual St. James Court Art Show marks change each year — with fall’s lower temperatures and the turning colors of the leaves. This year’s event marks another change: the number of new artists coming to exhibit in what has become one of the country’s best art shows in terms of the quality of work by participating artists.
“About half this year’s show in the St. James Court area is going to be new artists,” said Marguerite Esrock, the show’s director
The show — which actually includes six shows managed by separate groups that Esrock works with to coordinate — always has some turnover. Five of the shows are each overseen by leaders of neighborhood groups from St. James Court, Belgravia Court, Fourth Street, Third Street and 1300 Association (also on Third Street), as well as the West End Baptist Church.
“But now a lot of older artists seem to be retiring or not traveling long distances for shows as much,” Esrock added.
Among the new faces are artists Valarie Pagni of Silt, Colo., who makes hand-painted silk garments; Richard Ryan of Bourbonnais, Ill., who is bringing his rich glass sculptures; Daphne Covington of Smyrna, Ga., who makes abstract mixed-media artworks; and Haverville, Mass., resident Dale Rodgers with his metal sculptures.
Other than the changing roster of artists, Esrock said organizers didn’t want to modify the show much.
“We’ve seen other festivals around the country adding wine and more food venues,” she said, “but we have decided to focus on what we do best — getting the best artists in here and showing their work off.”
Elizabeth Kramer can be reached at (502) 582-4682.