Josephine Sculpture Park’s Third Annual Fall Arts Festival

By Melanie VanHouten/Josephine Sculpture Park Published:

Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd., will host its Third Annual Fall Arts Festival next Sunday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The event is free.

This outdoor festival will feature a traveling foundry where visitors can create their own metal sculptures, live music headlined by Mitch Barrett, Jeri Katherine Howell and Rhythm Review, artist demonstrations including action graffiti, printmaking and tie-dye, kids make sculpture workshops, tours, the Bubble Truck, art scavenger hunts, storytelling, hot air balloon rides and more.

Have you ever imagined what the sculpture park might look like to one of our feathered friends, or what patterns the walking paths might create when seen from above like the huge drawings on the floors of the Nazca plains? Well we have, and this year you’ll get your chance to experience JSP from the heights of a hot air balloon. The rides are $5 per person.

The crew from Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum will bring their traveling foundry and setup the furnace right in the heart of the park. You can carve your own mold, with guidance from experienced sculptors and watch the molten metal as it flows into your creation.

The crew will finish the sculptures with a beautiful patina that will last a lifetime and you will get to take your piece of art home and show it off to all your friends and family. The cost is $30 to create your own metal sculpture. Tickets can be purchased in advance for a discounted rate of $25 at the Kentucky Employees Credit Union through Sept. 14. Visit their website for more details at

The great thing about the hot metal pour is that even if you don’t create your own mold, you get to experience the roar of the furnace and the glowing, liquid metal being poured. The crew will demonstrate step by step throughout the entire day; this is definitely not to be missed.

For those hands-on kids, the fall arts festival offers loads of arts activities for all ages. Kids can experiment with printmaking and sticker design, and they can even build their own paper sculptures to take home.

There is an art scavenger hunt that takes them through the whole park and culminates with prizes donated by Broadway Clay. They can bring their own T-shirts to dye or pick up a kids’ shirt available for $10 the day of the festival. They can get their faces painted too, all while wading through a sea of bubbles.

The Old Pond Amphitheatre will be at the center of it all and will feature local favorites Jeri Katherine Howell and the newly-formed Rhythm Review with Billy Dunigan and Dan Atkins.

Mitch Barrett will bring us into midday with tunes and storytelling. Jeff Ellis will host a drum circle where everyone is encouraged to join in and we’ll close out the evening with Chris Fallis and Honest Gene Taylor.

With more than 30 works of art on exhibit and miles of walking paths mowed through native meadows, the park is quite full of wonder on a daily basis and the fall festival has an even more inspired focus on the arts of all kinds and for all ages.

There will be food available for purchase provided by La Fiesta Grande or you can pack your own picnic.

Admission to the park is free and it’s open every day from dawn until dusk. The entrance to JSP is located at 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd. Look for the big green signs. For more information and a complete schedule of events on festival day, visit

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