By Tamara Walker, Cooper-Young Business Association
This year’s Cooper-Young Festival poster, designed by Memphis College of Art professor Don DuMont, will be unveiled with a party. Join CY neighbors for a special tribute to Don and all the previous poster artists of Cooper-Young from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 2 at Café Ole, located in the heart of the Cooper Young Historic District.
Café Ole is Cooper Young’s longest-running restaurant, established in April of 1991, and is a popular night spot as well as an anchor for the business district.
Early festival posters were designed by artists who lived in the Cooper-Young area, such as Nancy Apple, Jeane Umbriet and Larry Beghtol. Starting in the 1990s, the poster artists were picked from our annual Young Artist contest that is still held today for all school-age children in the Mid-South.
There were three posters picked from these young artists: McKenzy Cook, Kristi New and Chad Hardy.
From 1996 on, all festival poster artists have either lived or worked in Cooper Young. Some of those well-known artists are Jeanne Seagle, Deborah Brown, David Mah, Mary Postal-Long and Tommy Foster to name a few.
This year, Don has taken elements of all the previous 24 festival posters and has weaved those effects together along with a symbolism of the number 25. The creation is a tribute to all past poster artists and the Cooper-Young Festival’s success over the years.
This year’s Cooper-Young Festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 15, is dedicated to our beloved chairman, William Stemmler, for his unlimited support and leadership over the last 25 years. Sponsors for our 25th anniversary are Miller Lite, Lenny’s Sub Shop, Memphis Grizzlies, Sam’s Town Casino, Albert Cook Plumbing, Southland Park Gaming & Racing, Salvation Army Kroc Center, Bank of America, CVS, Summer Winds Resorts, Smoothie King Collierville, FM100, WRVR, ESPN, WKQK, Toof Commercial Printing, Cadence Bank, Methodist Healthcare, CA Media, Delta Ice Services and ProShow Systems.
Café Ole’s famous margaritas, food and other free refreshments donated by A. S. Barboro will be available at the Aug. 2 party. All festival posters dated 1988 through 2012 will be on display at Café Ole on this night. This event is open to the public