CULTURE FRONT: Art shares showcase local talent

By on January 6, 2015
Art care of CSA artist Pauline Zeren.

A piece by CSA artist Pauline Zeren.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Community Supported Art Jackson Hole is gearing up for its second season of community fostered art. Nine artists will craft individual works of art for 40 shareholders who have invested up front in the creation of new work. Similar to Community Supported Agriculture, the art program enables artists to get paid in advance for new work as well as introducing local art to a dedicated group of local collectors.

“The idea is to introduce art collectors and appreciators of diverse backgrounds to artists that they may or may not recognize and to … cultivate a dialogue between these art lovers and the artists directly,” said Alissa Davies, founder and director of CSA Jackson Hole. “The hope is that relationships between artists and collectors grow and that there is an intimacy that develops beyond a beautiful piece of art.”
Artists working in all genres are encouraged to apply, including writers, musicians, dancers and performers. Davies says this year the emphasis is on art with a contemporary flavor. Deadline for artist applications is January 16, and more information on applying is available at www.csajacksonhole.com. A jury will select the nine artists to participate.

“We have already gotten some really creative applications and I am excited that artists are stretching their creative boundaries,” Davies said. “I love the idea of a small and intimate show that would allow the artists to create work and have a live audience that would be intimate enough that they could engage with.”

Last year, shareholders received prints, original paintings, ceramics, conceptual art and a dance film. Carrie Richer and her collaborative partner Kate Kosharek of Hole Dance Films created a short film exclusively for the shareholders. “Being included on this list of amazing artists last year was a true honor,” Richer said. “Addressing the challenge of creating 40 unique shares resulted in new approaches for us, and affected our work going forward. It was great to bring Hole Dance Film’s work to a new audience.”

Shares will go on sale in February. At $400, it’s a remarkably affordable way to collect a diversity of local artworks. Shareholder contributions plus additional charitable donations fund the program, including $2,000 stipends for artists as well as administrative and event costs.

Matt Daly was a shareholder last year. He says the CSA program gave him a more intimate perspective of artists’ works. “I found myself giving each piece a much closer look than I would have between sips and chats at a gallery opening,” Daly said. “That closer look helped me reflect more on my own aesthetics.”

ARTIST: WENDELL FIELD

Art by Wendell Field

A lively element of the CSA program is the pick-up party, where shareholders come to pick up their latest installment of art. Each installment, or share, features three pieces of art. Held at various in-town locales, the parties encourage dialogue about art and enable collectors to meet the artists. Last year the parties were spaced throughout the summer months. This year the schedule expands beyond summer, with pick-up parties in mid-June, mid-September, and mid-December.

“I wanted to give the pick-up parties a little space, to make them feel more exciting and something that shareholders could look forward to,” Davies said. “It can be overwhelming to get nine pieces of art in the span of three months.”

Davies says the intent of CSA Jackson Hole is twofold: to monetarily pay artists, and to bring recognition to the diverse array of artists who live here. “I want to showcase how important these creative people are to our economy and to our infrastructure as a whole,” she said.

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About Meg Daly

Meg Daly is a freelance writer and arts instigator. She grew up in Jackson in the 1970s and 80s, when there were fewer fences, but less culture. Follow Meg on Twitter @MegDaly1

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