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CSA stands for Community Supported…. Art?

Captionless work used to promote LegalArt’s CSA courtesy of LegalArt.

A t midnight last night, LegalArt, a Miami based organization founded in 2003 to provide artists with affordable legal services, grants and educational opportunities, announced the inaugural season of Community Supported Art in Miami.

What is Community Supported Art?

“Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture has be­come a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, LegalArt is pleased to bring Community Supported Art (CSA) to Miami, to support local art, artists and collectors. This project is modeled on Community Supported Art in Minnesota, created by mnartists.org and Spring­board for the Arts.” – from the About section on LegalArt’s CSA page.

On January 18th starting at 11:00 AM EST limited edition CSA shares of art  will be available online

For one price of $450, CSA members (but not necessarily members of LegalArt it seems) will each receive one work from each of the nine featured Miami artists: Jenny Brillhart, Kerry McLaney, Julie Friel, Gustavo Roman, Jason Hedges, Valeria Yamamoto, James Herring, Michelle Weinberg and Kathleen Hudspeth. Once a month for three months beginning February, three of the nine artists will congregate at a pre-disclosed location where CSA members can collect their works and meet the artists included in that month’s share.

Jason Hedges’ Redfish Small, also used to promote LegalArt’s CSA, courtesy LegalArt.

By the end of the third delivery, buyers will have received nine individual pieces of art and the artists will have met fifty new collectors.” – LegalArt.

The artists will have met fifty new collectors of their work”… So I guess there is a limit to fifty members? In which case Legal Art will raise $22,500, some of which will of course go to providing the selected artists with stipends to produce their fifty $9 works thus “offering a very competitive price to encourage new collectors and art lovers.” No shit? At least the artists have a chance to network, but with collectors of this caliber, who needs enemies! Don’t forget to tip folks!

But seriously, LegalArt is a non-profit entity so can we really expect them to ask for anything above the realm of charitable donations? The art is really just a bonus and the whole CSA thing just marketing, but fun, and so long as the ends justifies the means – i.e. funds that equal support for art – then I guess its a good thing, providing its harmless. At least the artists involved must have benefited enough by virtue of the organizations existence not to be grumbling too loudly for once, but what about the galleries? CSA’s in the vernacular are designed to support local food producers and by definition boycott the agriculture and food industry. They exist because consumers desire quality and information they can trust. Will the analogy in art translate then into seeds of doubt that when sewn spell doom for dealers by turning consumers against the art world, or simply help to promote artists? I wonder if anyone is getting tax deductible receipts!

Anyway, about the work… are we talking editions? To this end, Legal Art’s marketing is a little tricky – first stating “nine original works” followed by “each is unique as the one of a kind works are slightly different” and finally “original, limited edition works” – but it would seem that CSA members can each expect to own fifty works each numbered between 1 and 50 of 50. Not a bad deal at all (for the buyer) if the photos included in this post are to be believed. And exclusive to boot! Which of course is always an all important consideration when deciding to fund creativity.

The shares will apparently sell out fast so be sure to visit at 11 AM Sharp!

For more information visit legalartmiami.org or contact Dominique Breard at 786-347-2360 or dominique@legalartmiami.org

This post was contributed by Thomas Hollingworth.

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CSA stands for Community Supported…. Art?