The Cooper-Young Business Association, organizers of the annual Cooper-Young Festival, will hold a kickoff party unveiling the official poster art for this year’s event on Thursday, August 6th 6-8 p.m. at CoWork Memphis located at 902 South Cooper Street.
Artist Gino Barzizza will be on-hand to describe his thoughts while he was drawing the 2015 Cooper Young Festival poster. Gino is a Midtown Memphis-based illustrator, designer, tinkerer, writer, and all-time creative. He is the creative brain behind HungryFire Workshop. Gino attended Syracuse University and the School of Visual Arts in New York City and has designed work for Toyota, NBC Universal, HBO, HSBC, among others. Gino finds inspiration in the people and music of Memphis, his place of birth.
This year’s poster art is a play on the diversity of the businesses, attendees, artists and musicians that make up the whole Cooper Young Festival experience. Stephen Crump, Vice President of the CYBA, stated, “Gino is an exceptional artist with an array of graphic skills and a brilliant imagination.”
Local musician, Josh Threlkeld will be playing live with his band. His music has been described as if James Taylor got infected by the same South African bug that bit Dave Matthews and become alternately possessed by the spirit of Otis Redding and Aaron Copland.
A visual history of all posters for the past 27 years also will be on display along with live music, refreshments by Alchemy, wine, and beer bars. This year’s Copper-Young Festival, presented by Evolve Bank & Trust, will be held 9 a.m.-7 p.m. September 19th.
Sponsors for this year’s include the Commercial Appeal, Miller Lite, Christian Brothers University, Memphis Grizzlies, Jim Keras Subaru, Summer Winds Resorts, Wizard’s, Camp Bow Wow, Southland Park Gaming and Racing, School of Rock, Direct General Insurance, Go Ape, Local ABC 24, Local Cares, CW 30, Rock 103, 101.9 Kiss FM, News Radio 600 WREC, Emergency Mobile Health Care, Delta Ice Services, CVS Health, JustMyCities, Memorial Park and Toof American Digital Printing.
For more information, visit www.cooperyoungfestival.com.