Contrary to what many believe, art is for everyone, and the holidays are the perfect time to reinforce that ideal. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for someone on your list, the $20 Art Show may have just what you need. This year’s show is taking place at Copper & Kings on December 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. To learn more about the annual experience and all it has to offer, we spoke with event organizers Mary Yates and Ron Jasin.
This show is often referred to as the “Umteenth Annual Art Show.” How did it earn that name and how long has it really been going on?
The $20 Art show was started in 2000, so this is technically the 17th $20 Art Show. We’re not sure where the term Umteenth came from, but we love it. When we took the show over from Scott Scarboro in 2012 that tagline was already being used, and we think it speaks to the fun and playful nature of the event.
What will visitors get to experience at the show?
Visitors will receive an opportunity to buy fabulous, one-of-a-kind pieces of art from over 30 local and regional artists. This isn’t a clearance sale or a starving artist sale; it’s a celebration of creativity. It was started as a challenge to artists to create something they’re happy with and sell it for $20. If you come to the show, you’ll get to purchase some wonderful artwork, you’ll get to meet the person who created it and hopefully you’ll score the perfect gifts for friends and family as well as yourself. You’ll also get to take in the wonderful facility where the show is held, Copper & Kings. While you’re there you can taste some American brandy and take in the rooftop view.
Why is this event important for local artists and the community at large?
For a few of our artists this is the only show they do all year so it’s a great way to see artists who don’t typically do a lot of events. It’s important for the community because everyone should be able to appreciate and live with art no matter what their financial situation is. This show offers a chance to bring art into your life, or a loved one’s life, at an affordable price.
Which sponsors can we thank for supporting this experience?
This event would absolutely not happen without our sponsors: Copper & Kings American Brandy Company, Quills Coffee, LEO Weekly, Feast BBQ – Market St. NULU, Revelry Boutique Gallery, Yelp Louisville, Derby City Chop Shop, Reliable Rentals, Artist & Craftsman Supply Louisville, WXOX 97.1 FM and Natalie in Your Neighborhood. Please visit them and visit them often.
Are tickets required to get into the show?
No, the show is free to attend and open to all ages. We’d also like to mention that it has gotten a reputation for having a pretty long line to get in. While that’s true, the line typically disappears within the first 45 minutes to an hour and after that you can walk right in, and there is still plenty of wonderful art available. Most of these artists have participated before and tend to space out what they have available, ensuring that there is plenty of great work to be seen no matter what time you arrive. VT
Umteenth Annual $20 Art Show
Saturday, December 9, 6 to 9 p.m.
Copper & Kings
1121 E. Washington St.