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5 Artists x 5 Pieces = 25 Years of Cooper-Young Fest
By Sheila Guerrero/Micromemphis Reporter
Memphis, Tenn. Five artists displayed five pieces of art Sept. 13 to pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of the Cooper Young Festival.
People arrived at David Perry Smith Gallery’s 5-by-5 Invitational event to enjoy various paintings and sculptures by Cooper Young artists. Just like the art event the historic festival is filled with culture, heritage and even the annual 4Miler walk/run event.
The invitational brought in people from all walks of life, young, old, business and eclectic, similar to the Cooper Young district. One piece of art, Oil Trough by Karen Capps, featured found objects including bottle caps and cigarette lighters.
“This is the third year that I’ve done this…it kinda ties in with the Cooper Young Festival. The criteria is that you got to be an artist who live, produces, and work in Cooper Young,” said owner David Perry Smith.
As guests viewed the art they were greeted with a live band that played songs from Memphis’ Al Green to Stevie Wonder to help set the tone of the event.
"We came out tonight to see Karen Capps' bottle cap pieces which we've got some in our own collection and she just does intricate creative and totally unique work," said Leslie Craft. It is the 25th anniversary of Cooper Young and so I think this is a great kick-off."
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