This weekend marks four decades of artists gathering at Lexington’s Woodland Park to show and sell their items. The Woodland Art Fair will once again attract various artists from all over the country. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the fair signifies more than a weekend boost for the local economy. “Events like this always give a shot to the local economy, but what I think they also do is add to the quality of life,” Gray said. “So, when people know that they can have access to this sort of an event, they’re very comfortable in living in a place like Lexington.”
The 40th annual Woodland Art Fair features the original works of some 200 artists including 52 from Kentucky. Those strolling the park grounds can also enjoy live music and create their own art. Lexington artist Don Ament says, in essence, there are 200 art galleries at the fair. “I think the word has gotten out amongst artists that exhibit at shows nationally that this is a show that they can come to and there’s an audience here that appreciates it,” Ament said. “And by that I guess I mean they purchase it.”.
60,000 people are expected at the Woodland Art Fair. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.