Energy builds for April 13 art auction

1976 Evelyn, by featured artist Karen Capps, is one of the pieces featured in the Art for Art's Sake Auction.

Cooper-Young’s artists and art lovers will light the night up at Young Avenue Deli on April 13 to help the neighborhood’s signature artwork run on the sun’s power.

Thirteen years after the original Art for Art’s Sake Auction raised money to install Jill Turman’s signature sculpture on the Cooper Street trestle, this year’s auction aims to be the biggest and best ever, with proceeds going to retrofitting the trestle art’s lights to run on solar power.

Artists featured in this year’s live auction include featured artist Karen “Bottle” Capps, Lisa Lumb, Mollie Riggs, Carol Robison and about a dozen others. There also will be a silent auction with gift certificates, smaller artwork and handmade jewelry.


“In addition to making your home more beautiful, you’re going to be making the whole neighborhood more beautiful,” said Daniel Atlas, the Cooper-Young resident whose simple idea spurred the drive to make the trestle art more sustainable.

Ric Chetter, radio personality and the brain behind Radio Memphis, will again take the helm as MC and auctioneer for the live portion of this year’s event.

All auction attendees will be offered complimentary food from Young Avenue Deli, beer courtesy of AS Barboro, Yazoo and Memphis Made Brewing, and are eligible for the door prize drawing, which includes an exciting door prize that will give one lucky couple a private dinner personally made and served by Ben Smith of the award-winning Tsunami restaurant.

Smith said he’s supportive of using alternative energy sources and said he thinks Cooper-Young has a bright idea with its solar project.

“We’ve always been green-leaning here at Tsunami anyway,” Smith said. “We were the first Project Green Fork-certified restaurant in history, ever.”

June Hurt, board president of the Cooper-Young Community Association and chairwoman of this year’s auction, said the trestle art project has made the annual auction a bigger priority than usual. The CYCA board has set a goal of $15,000 for the auction. Already, four neighborhood businesses have signed on as sponsors to fund the project.

“Because of the overwhelming support for this project, we are determined to make this project happen,” Hurt said.

Tickets to the 2013 Art for Art’s Sake Auction are $20 in advance and are available online at or at the Cooper-Young Community Association office at 2298 Young Ave. Tickets will also be available the evening of the event for $25. Cooper-Young Community Association members receive $5 off the price of their ticket.

By David Royer

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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