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Charleston Supported Art (CSA) seeks local, emerging and established artists for second year

After a successful launch in late 2013, Charleston Supported Art, LLC, is gearing up for its second year of local art sponsorship and distribution. On October 1, the group will begin accepting proposals from emerging and established visual artists to create original work for its 2015 seasonal shares. Contemporary visual artists ages 18 and up working in any media and living in the Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties are eligible to apply to the open call jury process, which closes on November 1, 2014. A link to the application as well as answers to frequently asked questions are available at www.CharlestonSupportedArt.com/how-to-apply. Charleston Supported Art (CSA) aims to support artists in the creation of new work, cultivate a culture of support for original work by Charleston area artists, and foster new relationships between buyers and artists with the potential for future art purchases. The program, which is based on the buy-local, from-the-source model of community supported agriculture, was met with great enthusiasm and support from artists and art patrons in its inaugural year. Artists who wish to participate in 2015 must submit an online application via Slideroom including a CV, work samples, and a proposal detailing the nature of the pieces that they intend to create for the program. A minimum of 25 artists will be chosen to move on to Phase II of the selection process and will be asked to create one piece that represents the style and quality of work that they will create for their season. After a review of these works and personal interviews, a total of 12 artists will be selected and will receive a stipend of $1,500 to produce 32 pieces of original fine art or fine craft, such as paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textile, jewelry, and more. A jury panel consisting of the seven co-founders of CSA will make the selections. The panel will seek input from the 2014 roster of artists. CSA’s 2015 program will consist of three seasons – Spring, Summer, and Fall – with four artists per season. The 2015 artists and their season assignments will be publicly announced in January 2015. Seasonal shares will be available for purchase at $425 + tax following the announcement. The public will have an opportunity to meet the artists and view their work at a Meet & Greet event in February 2015. For more information about Charleston Supported Art, visit www.charlestonsupportedart.com. Questions or requests to be added to the CSA mailing list should be directed to info@charlestonsupportedart.com. Images: Work by 2014 artists.

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About Charleston Supported Art, LLC Charleston Supported Art is a platform to connect emerging and established artists and collectors. Launched in November 2013, the program is part of a nationwide movement that has developed in over 40 communities across the country and is the first of its kind in Charleston, SC. Co-founders include Kristy Bishop, Camela Guevara, Stacy Huggins, Karen Ann Myers, Erin Glaze Nathanson, AnneTrabue Nelson and Ann Simmons. Supporters include 1600 Meeting Street, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Básico, Cannonborough Beverage Company, Drill Films, Enough Pie, Frothy Beard Brewing Company, GrowFood Carolina, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Ink Meets Paper, Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, Redux Contemporary Art Center, The Cut Company, Three Little Birds Café, and Tree Climber Productions. Via: Charleston Supported Art

Charleston Supported Art to reveal second round of artwork shares

Charleston Supported Art, LLC, is preparing to reveal the second round of artwork for its inaugural year. Offering seasonal shares of art for purchase based on the community supported agriculture model, the group has established an easy, affordable, and fun way for art lovers to begin or add to their personal art collections. Individual shares are priced at just $450 and consist of six original pieces of artwork produced by a curated group of local, established and emerging artists working in a variety of media. Charleston Supported Art (CSA) shares are limited and delivered through exclusive pick-up events for each season. The first season of work was released at a spring pick-up event at GrowFood Carolina in May. The next pick-up event, dedicated to the fall season, takes place on Thursday, August 28, from 5-7 p.m, at Mixson Bath and Racquet Club in Park Circle, North Charleston. Shares may be purchased on site or ahead of the event at charlestonsupportedart.com. CSA’s fall season features works by Mariah Channing, Olivia Cramer, Miyako Fujiwara, Fred Jamar, Jennifer Henriques Phillips, and Kristi Ryba. The six artists will be present at the August 28 pick-up event to mingle with patrons and discuss the 32 pieces of original artwork they each created specifically for and exclusive to Charleston Supported Art. The pick-up event, open to current and prospective shareholders, will be the first time these works will be revealed. The pieces, which include photography, jewelry, pottery, oil paintings, and monotypes will not be available for purchase anywhere else. To read more about the six artists or purchase a share online, visit www.charlestonsupportedart.com. Shares for both the spring and fall seasons will be available to purchase and carry home at the fall pick-up event. Shares for the winter season may also be purchased, with delivery slated for early December. Questions or requests to be added to the CSA mailing list should be directed to info@charlestonsupportedart.com. View a short video promoting the spring pick-up event. Note: images of artists’ work shown above represent the style and quality of their work, but do not necessarily depict the work they’ve produced for their seasonal share. About Charleston Supported Art, LLC Charleston Supported Art is a platform to connect emerging and established artists and collectors. Launched in November 2013, the program is part of a nationwide movement that has developed in over 40 communities across the country and is the first of its kind in Charleston, S.C. Co-founders include Kristy Bishop, Camela Guevara, Stacy Huggins, Karen Ann Myers, Erin Glaze Nathanson, AnneTrabue Nelson and Ann Simmons. Supporters include 1600 Meeting Street, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Básico, Enough Pie, Frothy Beard Brewing Company, GrowFood Carolina, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, Redux Contemporary Art Center, The Cut Company, and Three Little Birds Café.

Charleston Supported Art invites shareholders for inaugural year

Charleston Supported Art, LLC, is set to introduce an exciting new model for art sponsorship and distribution to the Charleston area. Inspired by the buy-local, from-the-source model of community-supported agriculture, the program will offer art lovers the opportunity to purchase seasonal shares of original art created by a select group of local artists. Shares for the inaugural year may be purchased beginning February 3. Charleston Supported Art (CSA) supports artists in the creation of new work and aims to foster relationships between emerging and established artists and collectors with the potential for future art purchases. Overall, 18 Tri-County visual artists working in a variety of styles and media were selected to participate through an open application process that began in November 2013. With the promise of a $1,500 stipend, these artists will create 32 works of contemporary art exclusive to the program. The program consists of three seasons per year with six artists featured per season – Spring/Summer, Fall, and Winter. Collectors, also known as shareholders, receive a total of six pieces of original art in each share purchased, one from each artist. Shares are priced at $450 and will be delivered through exclusive seasonal pick-up events hosted at GrowFood Carolina, Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, and 1600 Meeting Street. These pick-up events will provide shareholders the chance to interact with the featured artists and fellow art enthusiasts, and will also be the first time the contents of each seasonal share will be revealed. Shareholders from outside the Charleston area are welcome. The 18 artists participating in CSA’s inaugural year were selected from a pool of nearly 100 applicants through a jurying process made up of two phases. Each season’s offerings promise to show the quality, diversity and innovation of the contemporary art in Charleston that CSA strives to promote. The artists and their assigned seasons are: SPRING/SUMMER Pick-up - May 14 Jennifer Ervin (photography) Tina Hirsig (mixed media) Anna Hopkins (sculpture) Alan Jackson (pen-and-ink) Joshua Lynn (painting) Kate MacNeil (intaglio) FALL Pick-up - August 28 Mariah Channing (photography) Olivia Cramer (jewelry) Miyako Fujiwara (ceramics) Fred Jamar (painting) Jennifer Henriques Phillips (mixed media) Kristi Ryba (photography) WINTER Pick-up – December 11 Christine Bush Roman (mixed media) Matthew Dietz (painting) Ashley Harwood (sculpture) Donna Hurt (photography) Hirona Matsuda (mixed media) Melinda Mead Scharstein (photography) Share purchases can be made online at www.charlestonsupportedart.com. Only 32 shares for each season will be offered and they are expected to sell out quickly. In order to aid collectors in their buying decision and to accommodate in-person purchases, an Artist Meet & Greet event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, at Redux Contemporary Art Center in Downtown Charleston. The 18 featured artists will be present at this free event so that the public can get to know them and their work. Refreshments for the evening will be provided by Frothy Beard Brewing Company and Three Little Birds Café. All are welcome to attend. For more information about the program, to learn more about the artists, or to purchase a share, visit www.charlestonsupportedart.com. Additional questions or requests to be added to the CSA mailing list may also be directed to info@charlestonsupportedart.com. About Charleston Supported Art, LLC Charleston Supported Art is a platform to connect emerging and established artists and collectors. Launched in November 2013, the program is part of a nationwide movement that has developed in more 40 communities across the country and is the first of its kind in Charleston. Co-founders include Kristy Bishop, Camela Guevara, Stacy Huggins, Karen Ann Myers, Erin Glaze Nathanson, AnneTrabue Nelson and Ann Simmons. Supporters include 1600 Meeting Street, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Básico, Enough Pie, Frothy Beard Brewing Company, GrowFood Carolina, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, Redux Contemporary Art Center, and Three Little Birds Café.

Charleston Supported Art seeks local, emerging & established artists for inaugural year

Modeled after the popular Community Supported Agriculture movement in which consumers invest in a local farm and receive monthly deliveries of fresh produce, a new program is set to launch in early 2014 that will give Lowcountry art lovers the opportunity to purchase shares in exchange for original art created by a curated group of local, emerging and established artists. The program, Charleston Supported Art (CSA), is part of a nationwide Community Supported Art movement that has already spread to over 40 communities across the country and is the first of its kind in Charleston. CSA’s new model of art sponsorship and distribution supports artists in the creation of new work. Overall, 18 artists will be selected through a juried process and receive a stipend of $1,500 to create 32 pieces of fine art or fine craft, such as paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textile, jewelry and more. The program consists of three seasons per year with six artists per season – Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter. Shareholders will receive a total of six original works per season, one from each artist. Seasonal shares will be available for purchase at $450 beginning in February 2014. The shares will be delivered through special pick-up events for each season. The program aims to foster new relationships between buyers and artists with the potential for future art purchases. “People are more inclined to purchase and support a product that they feel a connection with,” says Kristy Bishop, visionary and co-founder of the program. “CSA offers a means to create that connection, providing artists a platform to showcase their talents to new audiences and allowing patrons to learn the story of the art and artist behind the work.” For artists, the advantage to participating in CSA extends far beyond the monetary stipend. Being a CSA artist means that your work is guaranteed to find a home with 32 patrons who may wish to deepen the relationship by buying additional work in the future. According to the New York Times article "'Buy Local' Gets Creative," the first CSA project was launched by Minnesota's Springboard for the Arts in 2010. The Charleston organizing group, however, was first inspired by the Brooklyn CSA+D (Community Supported Art + Design) project, according to Ann Simmons, one of CSA's founders. "We did end up purchasing the (Springboard) kit just to make sure we were covering all of our bases, but the real inspiration came from Brooklyn CSA+D. Kristy found out about that program through a friend who took part as an artist. Kristy emailed (the founding group) the link to CSA+D's website and asked the question, "Wouldn't this be an amazing project to try in Charleston?" Some of  us weren't familiar with the concept, while others had heard about other art CSAs throughout the country. Kristy's question sparked a conversation that led to the creation of Charleston Supported Art. We're the only CSA in South Carolina as far as we know." In addition to Bishop and Simmons, Charleston Supported Art founders include Camela Guevara, Stacy Huggins, Karen Ann Myers, Erin Glaze Nathanson, and AnneTrabue Nelson. Visual artists interested in participating in a season of CSA’s inaugural year should apply to the open call jury process set for November 1-December 2, 2013. Find out more or apply at www.CharlestonSupportedArt.com. Is there a Community Supported Art program forming in your community? Let us know about it! Via: Charleston Supported Art