Sunday, July 14, 2013

A new kind of CSA: Community Supported Art

Charlotte's arts community is taking a page from local farmers.

Like the idea of community-supported agriculture (CSA), where people buy shares of farmers' produce and periodically receive a box of what they harvest, the Arts & Science Council has announced that they'll have community-supported art.

Same model, different yield: replace farmers with artists and produce with artwork.

Here's how it works: the ASC commissioned 9 artists to create 50 pieces of limited edition artwork. The work will be wrapped and distributed to "share holders" at three events in September, October and November.

You could get a variety of things: photographic prints, sculptures, line drawings, tea cups, a painting.

“One of the things that makes a program like this so exciting is the mystery,” said Katherine Mooring, the ASC's vice president of cultural and community investment. “You don’t know what’s going to come in your share until you open it. Not only are you getting unique work from amazing local artists, but it’s a great way to expand your creative palate.”

Shares can be purchased beginning at 10 a.m. on July 30 through for $400. Only 50 shares will be available, and each shareholder will get a box of artwork at each of the three pick-up events.

The nine commissioned artists are: Elisa Berry Fonseca, wire sculpture; Caroline Brown, mixed media painting; Sharon Dowell, mixed media painting; Rose Hawley, fused glass; Rebecca Haworth, mixed media painting; Tomoo Kitamura, ceramics; Alex McKenzie, conceptual drawings; Jeff Murphy, digital art, photography; and Verna Witt, ceramics.