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  • Dec 19, 2017

    Artist Testimonial – Debbie & John Wiles

    We do about 14 art shows a year; and I can tell you that this was the BEST one we have done in 2017. Our sales were awesome. Your advertising paid off, because the crowd was huge. I loved the lay out – the park is beautiful. You did a wonderful job planning this event.

    – Debbie & John Wiles, GourDesigns, Matoon, IL

  • Oct 10, 2017

    Artist Testimonial – PAULA HAYNES (Emerging Artist)

    I thought the show was great. I was able to meet several artist who have been doing this for a long time and got some pointers. Thank you all for making this a good experience. I will come back next year.

    I believe the show was nicely laid out with a great variety of art and the most 2D I have seen in a show this size.

    – Paula Haynes

  • Artist Testimonial – NANCY LAWREY (Emerging Artist)

    Hello! I had a pretty good experience at the art festival as an emerging artist, meeting other artists, customers, and volunteers. I appreciated the free water, coffee, breakfast, and the sweet volunteers coming around to ask us if we needed breaks.

    – Nancy Lawrey

  • Artist Testimonial – ROY LIVINGSTON (Emerging Artist)

    My spot wasn’t on the main drag, but I could see it from where I was and the main drag seemed to get more traffic. That said, we still got traffic and I sold more than I thought I would, so I’m happy. People who saw my art on Saturday came back on Sunday and bought and they also brought friends with them that bought from me too.  I thought Lou and company did a great job. 

    Roy Livingston

  • Artist Testimonial – ASHLEY MOORE (Emerging Artist)

    My booth was on the outer end and it seemed like traffic never stopped.  Always had someone in my booth asking questions about my art. Had several buyers, mostly on the cheaper pieces ($65-125) which was awesome!  I had an amazing experience with this event and hope to do it again next year. 

    The location was SPOT ON!  Perfect place for an art fair!

    Ashley Murphy

    Beyond the Line Studio

  • Artist Testimonial – SHARON CLARE (Emerging Artist)

    I am an oil painter. I was on the tree avenue. Behind the slate rock oil lamps. I was very pleased. Sold 10 paintings and two more when I got home.

    Sharon Clare

  • Artist Testimonial – RON FOX (Emerging Artist)

    We had a great show and sold a ton of product.  Loved that the show staff was so supportive (bringing drinks, giving me a bathroom break before my wife arrived).  Really felt like everyone wanted all the artists to have a great show.

    The layout was wonderful.  We had lots of customers in our booth, ranging from looky-loo’s to serious enthusiasts.

    We can’t wait until next year and hope the process is as easy as this year!  We sold about 2/3-3/4 of our inventory!

    Thanks again!

    Ron and Jennifer Fox


  • Artist Testimonial – PAM STURM

    It was well organized and fun for all ages, and the dogs too!

    I was surrounded by artists who traveled to a lot of shows every year. They were all concerned about it being a first year show but by the end seemed quite satisfied with the crowds, the organization and their sales.

    I would like to thank all the people on the team who created a great weekend on the waterfront and would like to join the Emerging Artist education program for next year.

    Thanks again,

    Pam Sturm

  • Artist Testimonial – DOUG BRINK

    Booth lay out. Awesome.

    The number of food trucks was perfect! No lines.

    In the end it was near perfect for us! thanks for all you did


    -Doug and David

  • Artist Testimonial – CHRIS HARTSFIELD

    Thanks for the email, and yes we agree the attendance was much more than we anticipated.



  • Artist Testimonial – DARYL COHEN

    We thought you and your staff did an exceptional job for being the first year show. I could tell you guys put a lot of thought and planning into it.

    Have a good year and we will be back.

    Daryl and Kevin

  • Artist Testimonial – ALI REZNIKOF (Silver Jewelry)

    Hello Louis,

    What a wonderful event. You and your team did a great job for the first year. Overall it was a lovely show. The quality of art work was good. Being in the shade of the trees was nice. And we couldn’t have asked for better weather.

    Overall it was lovely for a first year show. There was a lot of talk of it growing to rival St.James.

    Thank you,


  • Artist Testimonial – CYNTHIA TEZNAR (Medium Category: glass/ glass sculpture)

    You obviously did a heck of a job!  I do intend to apply next year (if you will have me), and will even ask for the same booth location as this year.

    – Cynthia Teznar

  • Artist Testimonial – MAGGIE WARD BIEDA (Jewelry)

    The show was awesome! Setup was easy, the food vendors and coffee were great.


    Maggie Ward Bieda

  • Artist Testimonial – HEATHER CAMERON (Emerging Artist)

    It was an excellent festival! The venue was perfect, the waterfront was lovely, all the art was superb, and I’ve heard from many that they had a wonderful time.

    The experience itself was infinitely rewarding. I learned much about my audience, marketing, and practical problem avoidance- mainly tips from other artists on booth setup, weighing the tent down, packing tips, etc. The festival provided new vision and a clear direction for my art.

    The whole set up of the booth rows, music, and food seemed to be well planned and logical. Good work! It was a really great event!

    – Heather Cameron

  • Artist Testimonial – MOE BONIN

    It was a great venue. Fabulous location and fabulous people. Very professional!


    Moe Bonin

  • Artist Tesimonial – DANIEL MADDOX

    Our feedback is that this is a wonderful show! The set up was great for us. We loved that the booths were spread out a bit. This makes everything easier. The setup was very smooth and easy to get into. Also the parking was close by and that was really convenient for resupplying things. Breakfast was a nice touch as well, and the staff were so courteous!  Of course, it’s a beautiful venue and the weather was perfect so that didn’t hurt either. We look forward to participating next year. Thanks for all the work that you put into this!



  • Artist Testimonials – DEBBIE & JOHN WILES

    We do about 14 art shows a year; and I can tell you that this was the BEST one we have done in 2017.  Our sales were awesome.  Your advertising paid off, because the crowd was huge.  I loved the lay out – the park is beautiful.  You did a wonderful job planning this event.  I have told many of our artist friends that they really missed out by not doing Big Four Arts Festival.

    Debbie & John Wiles


    Mattoon, Illinois

  • Sep 11, 2017

    Big Four Arts Festival 2017 Awards

    Big Four Arts Festival on Big 4 Bridge Art Music Louisville food and Fun Kid event in Kentucky (325)

    Best in Show – Winner of $500
    Michael Brennan – Booth 412

    2-Dimensional Jurors’ Choice – $250
    Jeff Sheely – Booth 202

    3-Dimensional Jurors’ Choice – $250
    Bianca Gedeon – Booth 209

    Merit Award – $150
    Jonathan Rose – Booth 211

    Best Presentation – $150
    Chris Hartsfield – Booth 214

    Best Emerging Artist – $150
    Angela Eueslage – Booth 118

  • Sep 08, 2017

    Music Schedule

    Whiskey Bent Valley Boys at Big Four Bridge


    • 10AM – Dave Cottrell
    • 11AM – Fresh Cut Grass
    • 12PM – Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
    • 1PM – Willie McClean
    • 2PM – Tom Browning


    • 10AM – Dagnabbit
    • 11AM – MVP
    • 12PM – Robbie Bartlett

    *lineup subject to change

  • Big Four Arts Festival

    130 Nationally Juried Artist booths, Live Music
    Food Trucks, Upscale fair food, Art demos, hands on art for the kids and more right on the Big Four Bridge.

    Free trolley service to and from the fair from Sat 11-7 and Sunday 12-5 along a path to the 8 nearest parking lots.


    12-2p Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
    2- 4p The Porch Possums
    4-6p Janis Pruitt
    6-8 Jim Dishman


    12-2p Dave Cottrell
    2-4p Hound of the Buskervilles

    Music Directed by Phil Ragland

  • Aug 04, 2017

    Featured Musical Artist – Dave Cottrell

    Dave Cotrell

    David Cottrell is an accomplished magician and five-string banjo player / vocalist who has performed all over the world. In 2001, he performed for President Bush and Vice President Dick Chaney and has opened up for such notables as George Strait, Ricky Skaggs, and David Copperfield. He is a past winner of the Louisville Magic Club’s close-up / Parlor Magic Contest and in 2002 he received a Presidential Citation from the International Brotherhood of Magicians for his “contributions to the advancement of the art of magic.” He can perform close-up table magic (via David Blaine style) or a stage show that includes live animals. The show can be geared for children and / or adults. David’s show is very entertaining with lots of audience participation that includes amazing magic, blazing banjo and lots of comedy. This coupled with his easy going down-home style personality makes for a fun filled enjoyable time for all.

  • Featured Musical Artist – The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys

    Whiskey Bent Valley Boys at Big Four Bridge

    Hailing from the back woods of Pewee Valley, Kentucky. Whiskey Bent Valley pays homage to their southern kin. Songs from the tobacco fields to the rivers, iron skillets to moonshine stills, upbeat and professional, this band possesses the skill to honor history and preserve the instruments, their style and every authentic nuance of the day. With their sense of fashion, from overalls to string ties, straw hats to silk vests, along with a turbo charged performance, their approach breathes fire into this vintage music.

  • Jan 04, 2017

    Big Four Bridge Arts Festival Opening Announcement

    Big Four Bridge Arts Festival presents September 9th and 10th, 2017 an Arts Festival on the lawn overlooking the Ohio River.

    “Call for Artists” starts January 1, 2017 through March 30, 2017. Notification of acceptance is on June 15th.

    This has been 3 years of planning to make this event a pleasant experience for all.




    Downtown Louisville Waterfront Park Big 4 Bridge Lawn
    Louisville, Kentucky (South)

    Phone: 502-435-7602
    Show Dates: 9/9/17 – 9/10/17
    Application Deadline: 5/1/17 Midnight EST
    117 day(s) and 8 hour(s) remaining


    Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

    Fee (application fee(non-refundable)): $25.00

    You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


    Event Summary

    Loacated in downtown Louisville, KY on the Big Four Bridge Lawn, 4 acres of tree lined walks overlooking the Ohio River . Bettter than 2 million people visit Waterfront Park annually for special events. Ample Parking and trolley service for our patrons. Located within walking distance to downtown Louisville’s accomadations, restaurants, Nulu, 4th St. Live, and Whiskey Row. The quality juried artist will be presented in a location that was built to showcase festivals and special events.Three years in the planning to make this a pleasant and profitable experience for all involved. Community inclusion and support for the arts has spawned a loyal and highly engaged audience that will attend  and support our festival. We invite you to join us “Louisville Loves the Arts”. This is a free event for patrons.  The dates for this event are Saturday, September 9th, (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Sunday 10th,(9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). There will be a light breakfast for the artist Saturday & Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.. Friday September 8th will be e-z in out setup 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. and Friday evening is  the free “Premiere Gala” (optional for artist) will be from 5 p.m. till 9 p.m.

    General Information

    All interested applicant artist  will be invited to participate in our annaul “Premiere Gala” at the Big Four Bridge Lawn the evening of Sept. 8th. Which features local entertainment, beverages, snacks, performing arts, and artist booths (optional to artist). An evening with the potential for the invited patron to meet the artist in a relaxed atmosphere. This event can develop a bond for the patrons and sales for the artist.This is all optional for the artist after their set-up on Friday. Hours for the Gala are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please notiify Festival Staff  that you would like to participate in this oppertunity to meet the invited patron that are known to support the arts in Louisville.

    We want the Emerging Artist to participate. If you have interest in participating by showing your work and you are new to exhibiting, we ask that you use web site application. There is a $25.00 non-refundable application fee, you will be juried in the Emerging Artist category. Once you have been accepted  you will be notified and given your schedule of dates. You will be required to attend a class are make arrangements with staff for a alternative . There is only 20 positions for the Emerging Artist category above the 80 – 100 juried artist. Booth fees are 50% of Juried Artist ($212.50, possible scholarship, or sponsorship). All transactions are handled by the Festival Staff of the directly. Application dates start January 1st and end March 30th, 2017@ midnight ET. Staff will notify you of your acceptance by phone are email by April 30th. Please use web site for contact and all information in Emerging Artist category.

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