Art Invitational and Festival Kickoff Party

By Tamara Cook
The 2011 Cooper-Young Festival Art Invitational and Kickoff Party will be held Thursday, September 15, from 6-9pm at the David Perry Smith Gallery located at 703 New York Street. The Art Invitational features the work of artists who live and work in the Cooper-Young Historic District. This free event allows artists the opportunity, at no cost to them, to showcase their work in a gallery setting. Plus, all the proceeds from the sale of their art goes back to them. This year’s Invitational will feature two dozen artists, and the work will remain up during the Festival weekend.
David Perry Smith will be the curator of the show. David has a Masters in Art History from Ohio State University and has been in the gallery world since graduate school in 1987. There will be a variety of works including sculpture, paintings, photography, paper, glass, craft art, and wood pieces. Some of the artists that will be on-hand to discuss their work are Astrid French, Mary Long-Postal, Nick Canterucci, Colleen Couch-Smith, Arline Jernigan, Mollie Riggs, Darla Linerode-Henson, Dan Spector, Jason Miller, Jane Croy, and Elizabeth Alley.
Nick Canterucci, longtime resident of Cooper-Young, is the winner of the 2011 Festival Poster Artist contest. Nick’s submission for the poster art was a pink and clear late model Apple iMac computer shell with images of Cooper-Young attached to the screen. Nick’s theme for the piece is fun in the 21st century. Nick explains that he wanted a high tech, yet pop art feel for his poster art offering. Nick’s iMac art will be sold during a silent auction over the weekend. The Festival poster design is by Billy Riley of Combustion.
There will be complimentary wine and beer bars and live music by local singer songwriter William Charles. The event is free and open to the public, so mark your calendars for September 15 and enjoy our historically hip little enclave in Midtown.
This event is sponsored by Coors Light. For more info visit

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