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Pop-up party on Saturday as Maine’s first-ever CSA-style art shares harvested
CSArt Maine distribute work by up-and-coming artists at a party in Portland on Sat., Feb. 7
PORTLAND, Maine (Jan. 26, 2015) — By now, everyone has heard of farm shares, or CSAs, which allow consumers to pre-buy produce from their local farmer at the beginning of the season, their weekly haul dependent upon whatever happens to be in season. But, what about a CSA for watercolors, jewelry, portraits, and other art — instead of vegetables? The first season of CSArt Maine, the state’s first CSA for art, will be distributed to shareholders on Sat., Feb. 7.
For many of these shareholders, who hail from across the State of Maine, this is their first foray into collecting art. They will gather with program founders and participating artists for a pop-up party on Saturday, Feb.7 at the Portland Flea-for-All, 125 Kennebec Street, Portland, beginning at 10:00 am. Non-shareholders are also encouraged to attend to chat with participating artists and hear plans for the upcoming season. The event ends at 5:00 pm.
The program has been met with great fanfare; both Bangor Daily News blogger Alex Steed and Maine Public Broadcasting Network chose CSArt Maine for their respective 2015 holiday gift guides, and Coffee By Design named CSArt Maine part of its prestigious “2015 Rebel Blend” and awarded it a grant of $800.
Ten established and emerging Maine artists were hand-selected to make this season’s art, which will be packaged in a unique vessel and passed along to shareholders at the event. Full shareholders paid $300 and will receive seven unique pieces of art, chosen at random from the ten artists on this season’s slate, while half shareholders paid $175 for three pieces.
“Many art aficionados are using CSArt Maine as a way to become collectors. They’ll be surprised by the medium, size, and colors of their art. In most cases, folks will find something they wouldn’t normally have the means or wherewithal to purchase,” said Alana Dao, the program’s co-founder and executive director.
In 2013, the New York Times featured a similar program in the Midwest and credited it for “helping emerging artists and attracting people who are interested in art but feel they have neither the means nor the connections to collect it.” Dao and fellow co-founder Guy Lyons hope this program will provide access for Mainers in the same way.
“What Guy and Alana are doing for art in Maine is remarkable. This model has worked quite well in other, bigger cities, and I am thrilled to be at the cutting edge of it here,” said Gibrian Foltz, a participating artist and founder of the Dooryard Art Collective. “I think a share in CSArt Maine will be a gateway drug for many future collectors and connoisseurs of art.”
Additional standouts in this season’s lineup of 10 artists include:
- Josey Cary, a native and resident of Machias, who was recently selected by Saatchi Gallery’s chief curator, Rebecca Wilson as one of the 48 most important emerging photographers in the country, and whose photography was recently featured in New York’s Times Square as part of the See.Me project.
- Stasia Salvucci, a recent graduate of the renowned Pratt Institute who now lives in Portland full time; she is a self-employed jeweler under the guise The Stray Arrow.
- meg willing, a native of Kennebec County and resident of Maine’s Lakes Region, who serves as Shape&Nature Press’ design and production manager and is making waves in the literary and letterpress scenes.
- Doug Von, a Portland artist who will be collecting photographs of this season’s shareholders as inspiration for a series of his signature, one-of-a-kind portraits.
To learn more about the upcoming event or shares for next season, visit CSArtmaine.org.
About CSArt Maine
CSArt Maine is the state’s first community-supported art share program, meant to inspire new collectors of art and to help artists find new audiences. Based on the community-supported agriculture model of supporting farms and inspired by similar programs nationwide, CSArt Maine helps Mainers become collectors via full and half shares. Learn more at CSArtmaine.org or visit them on Facebook.
About the Co-Founders
Alana Dao and Guy Lyons co-founded CSArt Maine, that state’s first and only community-supported art share program. Dao, who serves as executive director, is a native of Texas who first made Portland home more than five years ago. A graduate of Smith College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she is an experienced arts administrator, both nationally and locally. Lyons, a native of Lubec, Maine and a recent Portland resident, serves as artistic director.