Cherokee Triangle Art Fair – April 27 & 28th

Louisville’s 42nd Anniversary
Cherokee Triangle Art Fair
Brings Art and Artists, Food, Drink, Music … Friends!

“My favorite time at our CTA Art Fair is the opening at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning,” says Linda Grasch, longtime resident of Louisville’s Cherokee Triangle. “By then, the artists are set up and enjoying coffee or tea and doughnuts — and it’s a blackened bratwurst breakfast for me! It’s not busy yet, and the artists can chat.” The annual event has “favorite returning artists, but also newcomers, all professionals. I’ve heard the Fair called a block party, art fair and reunion, all rolled into one annual tradition. That’s it!”

The 42nd annual Cherokee Triangle Art Fair is to be held Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. It’s the weekend before the Kentucky Derby. The Art Fair is free and open to the public.

The Cherokee Triangle Art Fair is a juried fair with more than 200 artists’ booths. The outdoor event is in Louisville’s historic Cherokee Triangle neighborhood on tree-lined Cherokee Parkway between Willow Avenue and Cherokee Road adjacent to the Gen. John Breckinridge Castleman statue. Activities begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the Children’s Parade, which lines up on Cherokee Road at Longest Avenue.

“I look forward to the Art Fair every year,” says retired Cherokee Triangle resident Kathy Coin. “I plan ahead as to what I might want to buy and which vendors’ booths I want to be sure to visit.” Over the years, Mrs. Coin’s purchases have included a handmade jewelry box, an oil pastel, wooden bowls, handmade jewelry, and a throw for the couch. She believes the two-day fair “is the perfect size, too — not overly big. It’s just right!” 

The Art Fair includes dozens of veteran exhibitors as well as new artists not only from Louisville and Kentucky, but also from out of state. Art Fair patrons can view and purchase original art and often meet and talk with the artists. Fairgoers also enjoy food, drink, entertainment and music. On Saturday evening, music and food service will continue until 8 p.m. Then, it’s time to rest up for Sunday’s activities.

There’s a popular children’s activities area with a variety of fun events. Other attractions of the fair include the plant booth with a lush variety of plants and herbs, and there’s a wide variety of festive food and drink available at numerous booths.

A big hit in 2012 is being expanded this year: a free valet parking service for bicycles. No need to walk bikes through the crowd! Bicycling for Louisville, a nonprofit advocacy group promoting bicycles for transportation, (www.bicyclingforlouisville.org) will have volunteers to keep bikes safe and secure enabling riders to meander, hands free, through the exhibitor areas.   

The annual Cherokee Triangle Art Fair is the major fundraiser for Louisville’s Cherokee Triangle Association, and the event’s proceeds are returned to the community and neighborhood in numerous ways. Annually, proceeds from the fair, along with other revenue sources, help fund events such as the annual free summer concerts in Willow Park.

In an Art Fair-related event, on Friday evening, April 26, the Legal Aid Society will hold its 10th annual Art Fair preview party fundraiser, the “Brush, Bottle, and Barrel of the Bluegrass,” at Louisville Collegiate School from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Collegiate’s Mary Rodes Lannert Athletic Center. Fifteen artists participating in the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair will display and sell selected art at this preview party. In 2012, more than 550 people attended and the event raised more than $46,000 for Legal Aid.

The adjunct event also features tastings of Kentucky wines, bourbons and beers, a silent auction, and food. Collegiate is located at 2427 Glenmary Avenue, near Grinstead Drive, in Louisville. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.  To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.laslou.org or call (502) 584-1254.  Free valet parking is available. The event is wheelchair accessible.

Lending an added dimension of “green” to the springtime Cherokee Triangle Art Fair, there is a major emphasis on recycling. Workers recycle glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, and some aluminum, typically constituting two heaping truckloads of materials.

For the safety of all patrons, the Art Fair is a pet-free zone. Attendees are asked to leave their pets at home. Art fair organizers also request there be no skateboards, skates, or rollerblades, and that cyclists walk their bikes (or park them free) within the Art Fair. Close-in parking for the handicapped is available.

Setup for the Art Fair begins in early morning on Friday, April 26, and the streets of the Art Fair and immediate surrounding area are closed to through traffic Friday morning. Following the two-day Art Fair, streets reopen at 8 p.m. on Sunday evening after cleanup.

“I’m thrilled we have an event that brings so many people into our neighborhood,” notes Louisville native and nine year Cherokee Triangle resident Glen Elder. “It’s one of our first big days out after a long winter, and I love to stop up there at the Castleman Café at what I call the “sunny end of the Fair” for a glass of wine with friends. We have a diverse, yet close-knit, community and I love seeing the incredible mix of people strolling about our neighborhood, greeting friends, talking with the artists and enjoying themselves. It’s the perfect crowd!”

For directions to the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair or other fair information, please check the Cherokee Triangle Association web site at www.cherokeetriangle.org.

Additionally, the “Cherokee Triangle Art Fair” page on the popular Facebook service on the Internet has dozens of photos from the 2012 event.

All the funds raised by the annual fair go back into the neighborhood. To sign up as a volunteer, please call Jerry Grasch at (502) 523-5282 or Linda Grasch at (502) 552-7365.

 

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