Cooper Young Festival Kickoff Party 2014

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Cooper Young Festival Kickoff Party 2014

Everyone is invited to join us for a Cooper Young Festival Kickoff Party / Poster Unveiling on Thursday, August 7 at Haizlip Studio located at 2125 Central Avenue from 6 – 8 p.m.  We will be celebrating this year’s poster artist, Jan Hankins, as well as kicking off our 27thyear of the Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival to be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

cooper young festival artist jan hankinsJan Hankins is a long-time Midtown artist who comes from a family of commercial painters and is greatly respected for his painting ability and singular vision.  Since the 1960s, Hankins has worked as a muralist and a sign maker in the Memphis area with this art displayed on the sides of area businesses such as Evergreen Yoga, Memphis Drum Shop and Otherlands to name a few.  Hankins is a multi-talented artist having worked locally for the House of Cruthirds, Frank Balton Sign Company and for various businesses in Miami over the years.

This year’s poster art is an aerial view of the Cooper Young intersection from circa 1940 and is a wonderful panorama of those early businesses that made the District so viable.  Steve Womack, President of the CYBA said, “We are so pleased to have this time period captured and to be able to highlight those early pioneers that brought so much to our area.” Additionally, the past 26 years of Cooper Young Festival posters will be on display for viewing.

Justin Bcooper young festival party justin blossloss, a Folk/Country artist will be performing with fiddle player, Adam Brooks and bass player, Andrew Geraci — the trio just finished recording their first EP expected to be released this Fall, and plan on touring to promote the EP soon after.  Everyone is welcome to come enjoy live music, refreshments and celebrate the biggest party of the summer!

Thank you to our sponsors for making this year’s Cooper Young Festival possible.  The 2014 Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival is sponsored by Coors Light, The Commercial Appeal, Christian Brothers University, Jim Keras Subaru, Memphis Grizzlies, Summer Winds Resorts, Fan Bank, Langford Market, Southland Park Gaming & Racing, Albert Cook Plumbing, School of Rock, Toof American Digital Printing, Local ABC 24, Local Cares, CW30, Delta Ice Services, 96X, Q107.5, Sports56, and Hot 107.1.

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