On Sunday, November 18, 2012, the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council sponsored the meeting of artists and art patrons for our first distribution of Community Supported Art packages. Patrons of the program arrived from around the region for the event which was facilitated by arts council director Mara Wittman at Melody’s Restaurant in Warren, Minnesota.
Patrons had pre-purchased boxes of CSA art by contacting the Arts Council office. The CSA boxes contained artwork created especially for Community Supported Art by participating artists. Each of nine artists made fifty pieces in their medium for the program. The NMAC has coordinated the sale of their works for CSA based on the model of Community Supported Agriculture.
Attending the distribution of their artworks were: fused glass maker Jolene Juhl of Greenbush MN, jewelry maker/artist Paula Kallinen of East Grand Forks MN, photographer Chris Lane of Newfolden MN, printmaker John Charles Cox of Thief River Falls MN, and potter Robin Foster of Red Lake Falls MN. The next phase of distribution will occur in the spring.
Local businesses and artists provided bonus items for the first CSA boxes, including coupons from artist Julie Elick of Roseau, Quilter’s Eden of East Grand Forks, Studio 413 of Ada, and a book from Dale Jacobson.
CSA boxes are still available and are suitable for businesses, sharing, splitting with a friend or family member, displaying in an office setting, or gift-giving for the holidays. For more information contact Mara Wittman at 218-745-9111, email her assistant at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at: