Cooper-Young Festival Art Invitational showcases locals

Gino Barzizza

Gino Barzizza

The 2015 Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper-Young Festival Art Invitational will be held Thursday, September 17 from 6:009:00 p.m. at the Jay Etkin Gallery located at 942 South Cooper Street. The annual Art Invitational celebrates the artists who live and work in the Cooper Young Historic District. This free event allows artists the opportunity to showcase their work in a gallery environment.  This year’s Invitational will feature ten artists who live and/or work in the Cooper Young area such as Carol Robison, Karen Capps and Jeanne Seagle.  The work will remain up during the Festival weekend.

Curator of the 2015 Art Invitational is Jay Etkin whose professional history in the arts spans over four decades. While Jay has been painting for over 50 years, he is also known as an arts advocate, a gallerist, a collector of Contemporary and Ethnographic Art, a community activist and a neighborhood builder through the Arts.  As well as exhibiting throughout the United States, Jay is known internationally since 1970 with collections in Europe, Japan, Israel and Canada.

Etkin started painting as a small boy graduating from Brooklyn College in 1971.  Jay became an apprentice and studio assistant to Realist painter, Philip Pearlstein.  Jay has spearheaded many outreach programs for “at-risk” children since the early 70s as well as collaborated with the dance and theatre communities to support many charitable organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Liver Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to name a few.

The 2015 Cooper Young Festival poster artist, Gino Barzizza will also have featured artwork on this evening as well as during the Cooper Young Festival on Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  There will be complimentary wine/beer bars and live music by local duo, Chuck and Nora Are Retroactive.  The event is free and open to the public, so mark your calendars for September 17.  Cooper Young is THE artist community of Memphis, come see our works and enjoy our historically hip little enclave in Midtown.  This event is sponsored by Miller Lite.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this year’s Cooper Young Festival possible. The 2015 Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival is sponsored by 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, Lens Rentals, Delta Ice Services, CVS Health, Verizon Wireless, Memorial Park and Toof American Digital Printing.

For more information, visit www.cooperyoungfestival.com.

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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