Wednesday, January 15, 2014

CSArt Colorado: Art by the bushel

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Yes, you read that right. You can now buy into a "crop" of art twice a year as selected by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Denver Botanic Gardens through a two-year-old program called Community Supported Art Colorado (CSArt Colorado).
click to enlarge "Splashing in 1920" by Kate Serralde.
  • "Splashing in 1920" by Kate Serralde.

Here's how it works: You, the shareholder, purchase a share of art from 10 artists chosen by CSArt's curators, who vet the artists and pieces to be given out. Then, you attend a distribution event where you pick up 10 works set aside for you. There, you can also meet the participating artists, and indulge in food and drink.

As with the food CSAs, you get what you get, so you can't choose what you want. To which CSArt says on its website:
There may be times when you aren’t that fond of a work. Please remember that the concept of CSArt is to support local artists and your creative community. By the end of the season, shareholders will be exposed to contemporary art in Colorado, discover new artists, and will walk away with a diverse selection of artwork. Also, any artworks not to your taste make wonderful gifts.
It's kind of a bite, especially since each share costs $400. But, that's also a tidy price for 10 pieces of artwork. If you're interested in supported state artists in a different kind of way, a surprise-blind-item-way, you can sign up for the 2014 season. This year's artists include: Stephen Witty (who showed his fantastic photographs at Poor Richard's late last year), Erica Dixon, Bruce Price and T'Alyne.

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