Sellersburg to host art festival this weekend

Art in Speed Park is back for its 27th year.


Kim Johnson

2017 Art In Speed Park tee shirt design created by Doreen DeHart.

Lydia Wieczorek, Staff Reporter

In the midst of classes beginning and the dwindling summer heat, Kim Johnson, Art in Speed Park Director, has one last presentation before saying her goodbyes until next year; a showing in the arts.

Art in Speed Park continues a 27-year tradition this weekend, Aug. 26 and 27, bringing high quality, one-of-a-kind art to Southern Indiana at Speed Park in Sellersburg. Located just 10 minutes from downtown Louisville, Art in Speed Park will feature over 100 artists and their work, giving admirers a chance to stop and chat with some artists about their pieces and to purchase eye-catching artwork.

Jeaneen Barnhart, a local Louisville artist, is being featured in the event and is creating a collection of drawings depicting the 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat.

The park will feature 12 performing artists who are scheduled throughout the weekend for entertainment. The lineup will feature guests such as Nick Payne, Josh Goodlet, Robbie Barlett and Bridge 19. The lineup and more information can be found on the Art in Speed Park website.

Johnson also said there will be a selection of craft beers, plenty of food, a wine garden, a newly renovated playground, face painting and Graeter’s ice cream to help celebrate.

Johnson said her favorite part about putting on the show is the sense of community and positive energy it brings, bringing the Louisville and Southern Indiana area together for art and conversation.

“It’s for the whole family,” Johnson said. “I’m excited to see who comes out. A lot of work goes into this.”

The park will be open to the public, free of charge, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.