VOL. 114 | NO. 144 | Tuesday, July 25, 2000
By STACEY WIEDOWER
Art gallery enhances
Cooper Young flavor
By STACEY WIEDOWER
The Daily News
The blossoming South Main arts district is fast becoming a Downtown must-see, but one artistic couple wants to make sure the arts continue to flourish in Midtown, too.
Thats one of several reasons Carolyn and David Hinske decided to open COYO: The Cooper Young Gallery last month at 964 S. Cooper St.
"There had been a gallery in the space for 10 1/2 years," Carolyn Hinske said.
When Jay Etkin, owner of the gallery that formerly occupied COYOs space, decided to relocate to South Main, the Hinskes talked with him and discovered the space was available.
"Weve never done anything like this before and thought it would be an interesting and fun venture," Hinske said. "We also thought it would really be a shame not to have a gallery in this neighborhood. There are a lot of artists in the neighborhood and in the Midtown area, and it just seemed like the right thing to do."
And, while the Hinskes are new to the world of entrepreneurship, they are not newcomers to the arts.
Carolyn, a schoolteacher, works with fiber and creates handmade jewelry. David, a FedEx executive, paints. The pair has created studio space for their own work in the back of the gallery.
In the five main rooms of the gallery, works from a wide variety of local artists are on display and for sale.
The gallery, which is holding an open house from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to showcase recent works by gallery artists, features not only art, but fine crafts as well. Pieces include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, photographs, woodcut prints, pottery, jewelry, fiber and woodwork.
"There havent been a lot of craft galleries here in town, and there really are some splendid craft artists who, other than doing fairs, dont get a lot of their work seen," Hinske said.
Some local artists and craftspeople whose work can be found in the gallery include metalsmith Marian Lea McKinney; woodworkers Kenneth Houk and Stephen Crump; fabric and pastel artist Janna Bernstein and 89-year-old photographer Mahaffey White.
The gallery is open between noon and 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment. The hours are subject to change in August, due to Carolyns teaching schedule, but the gallery will maintain evening hours.
"Well definitely be open during the evening, because of the neighborhood and because there are so many restaurants nearby," Hinske said. "We have found that most of our foot traffic is in the evening."
Six restaurants are located within a two-block radius of the gallery, she added.
Starting in the fall, the gallery will offer painting classes by Normarie Dorfer, formerly of Memphis College of Art. More information about the classes, as well as gallery hours, artists and other information, can be found at COYOs Web site, http://hometown.aol.com/coyogallery/index.html.
The gallerys next show begins Aug. 11. Called "On and Off the Wall," the show will feature sculptural work by local artists Wayne Edge, Marvin White and Jimmy Crosthwait.
Hinske said opening the gallery already has had its advantages.
"The biggest thing is, weve turned off the TV," she said. "Plus, I take my dog with me when I go in, and Ive always wanted a job I could take my dog to.
"Weve been meeting some wonderful people, and Im just really pleased that we can take this wonderful local art and present it to the public."