mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts invite you to the official launch party for the inaugural season of Community Supported Art (CSA) on Thursday, June 17, on the Walker Art Center’s Open Field from 6 – 9 pm. This FREE celebratory event will feature music by Davina and the Vagabonds, food and drinks available at the new Garden Grill and short presentations by the CSA program creators, artists and shareholders. The event will also serve as the first pick up site for member shares. Even if you’re not a shareholder, we invite you to come down and celebrate our vibrant local art community, perhaps join in an extended edition of Drawing Club (with several of the CSA artists) and enjoy a summer evening on the Open Field…and maybe it will finally quit raining.
About CSA: Community Supported Art
The CSA program supports artists and creates a community of engaged local arts supporters. CSA supports artists: in the creation of new work, to establish relationships with local collectors and patrons, and to participate in the launch of an exciting new model of art support and distribution. CSA Share member benefits include multiple works of art from local emerging and mid-career artists at a fantastic value! Additionally, CSA Share members have the opportunity to develop relationships with the local artists and art community, discover new artists, explore a variety of disciplines and support artists’ careers and a vibrant community.
How Does the CSA work? Over the last 20 years the CSA or “farm share” model, has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, both mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts created Community Supported Art (CSA), a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors by paying local artists to create new work and introduce them to new patrons. Nearly two hundred local artists applied for the first season from which 9 artists were selected from a panel of local food and culture taste-makers including Lee Zukor (Simple, Good and Tasty), James Norton (The Heavy Table), Chuck Olsen (MNOriginal) and Mecca Bos-Williams (Metro Magazine), Laura Zabel (Springboard for the Arts) and Scott Stulen (mnartists.org). Fifty shares (aka a “memberships” or a “subscriptions”) were offered for the inaguaral season which immeditaly sold out in only six hours! Featured works could include items such as: an edition of vinyl 7″, a run of screen-prints, series of small tea cups, editions of photographs, letterpress editions of a poem or short story, or small original paintings.
The summer CSA artists include:
Amber Jensen (book arts)
Calpurnia Peach (textile/fashion)
Maren Kloppmann (ceramics)
Jennifer Davis/ Burlesque design (painting/printmaking)
Andy Ducett: (drawing/printmaking)
Amy Rice: (painting)
Sam Hoolihan/Switzerland (musician/photographer)
Lacey Prpic Hedtke: (photography)
Karl Unnasch (stained glass/sculpture)
Want to get involved as an artist or shareholder?
Interested in applying for the Fall CSA season or purchasing shares? Please visit www.mnartists.org/CSA for more full details. We are upping the number of artists in the program and shares offered for the fall as well.
In closing a little taste of Davina and the Vagabonds