Arts Briefs: Jay Etkin Gallery, Burke’s Books

 It is a busy month at Jay Etkin Gallery in Cooper-Young.

The gallery at 942 S. Cooper — which recently underwent of its north-facing wall that provides the space with a more symmetrical, dramatic feel — is hosting an exhibit by painter Mary Long September 2nd through October 2nd. An opening reception will be held September 2nd from 6 to 9 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment

Also at Jay Etkin, on September 8th from 6-8 p.m., “Spark,” Ballet Memphis’ free arts-centered conversation event, will come to the gallery.

“Spark” will kick off its new season with a look at how to start new arts organizations and grow them into sustainable community assets. New and established arts leaders and the audience are invited to participate in the conversation. They will examine the entire process of building an organization, including working with existing groups, building awareness, assessing community need.

Panelists will include Ekundayo Bandele of Hattiloo Theatre, Nora Tucker of the Blues Hall of Fame, Rafael Figuero of Centro Cultural Latino de Memphis, and Dorothy Gunther Pugh of Ballet Memphis. Jaclyn Suffel of the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will moderate. The event is a partnership between Ballet Memphis, The Memphsi Flyer, and the the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 901-550-0064.

 On September 29th  5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Burke’s Book Store owner Corey Mesler will be signing and reading from his new novel, Robert Walker, as well from his book of poetry, Opaque Melodies that Would Bug Most People, at the Cooper-Young book store, 936 S. Cooper.

Published by Livingstone Press, Robert Walker tells the story of two days in the life of Memphis homeless man.

“It is a somewhat different take on the novel for me,” says Mesler.

Fellow Southern author Courtney Miller Santo has called the book “a vivid portrait of Memphis and the people who we often choose not to see.”

For more information on the signing or the book, visit or

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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