The always eclectic and energetic Cooper-Young Art for Art’s Sake Auction is coming up on April 12. Lovers of both the community and art will converge on Young Avenue Deli and bid on fabulous works of art and other items to help the support the neighborhood’s signature artwork and other community beautification and enhancement projects.
Fourteen years after the original Art for Art’s Sake Auction raised money to install Jill Turman’s signature sculpture on the Cooper Street trestle, the auction still continues as a fundraiser to provide for the ongoing maintenance of the trestle, including paint, insurance and structural engineer evaluations. In the past, additional funds raised from this event have allowed us to install and maintain ginkgo bicycle racks, purchase supplies and rent equipment for community clean-up events, install public trash cans to curb littering and more.
Artists featured in this year’s live auction include featured artist Paul Clarke, who is better known as the “Delta Wanderer,” Karen “Bottle” Capps, Brandon Marshall, Donna Blackard, Lisa Lumb, Mollie Riggs, Carol Robison and about other phenomenal artists. There also will be a silent auction portion of the event with gift baskets, smaller pieces of artwork and handmade jewelry.
One of the more unique live auction offerings of the event will be a chauffeured quadricycle tour de pampering for two people in Cooper-Young. Our own Executive Director Kristan Huntley and CYCA Board President June Hurt will pedal the winning bidder and a friend around the neighborhood for an afternoon of pampering. The package includes a delightful brunch at a local restaurant , hour massage at Midtown Massage and Bodywork, pedicure or manicure at the Polish Bottle and of course the once in a lifetime opportunity to be the chauffeured from place to place in typical Cooper-Young flair.
Ron Childers, the enthusiastic and humorous meteorologist from Action News 5, will 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 Memphis Made Brewing and Young Avenue Deli, and are eligible for the door prize drawing.
Tickets to the 2014 Art for Art’s Sake Auction are $20 in advance and are available online at artauction.cooperyoung.org 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.