Community Supported Art comes to North Minneapolis

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Would you like a painting with your green beans? With NOMI CSArt, you can get regular fresh supplies of local art with a new initiative by the Goddess of Glass and the McKinley Community CSA. Closely modeled after community-supported art programs developed by mnartists, the new program is run by Connie Beckers, former executive director of the Northside Arts Collective and current owner of the Goddess of Glass, a retail gift shop that regularly features artists based in North Minneapolis.

Beckers said she was approached by McKInley Community CSA and asked to develop an art share program, as the CSA was trying out offering supplemental shares such as flowers and honey. Beckers recruited ten Minneapolis artists, who each will make ten items, and so participants in the program will receive multiple pieces of art in each box they receive.

The art that will be available to shareholders will be quite varied, including paintings, music CDs, poetry, and more. One artist, Lucy Yogerst, has created tiny bowls and tumblers made from clay that she dug up from her yard after the tornado hit last May. Another artist, Angela Davis, has made paintings of NOMI businesses and festivals, and photographer Michael McGraw offers a tiny desk meditation of close-cropped nature scenes photographed in NOMI. Other pieces include a pair of ceramic puppies made by Valeri Luepke, 3-D paintings by David Hoffman, and fused glass pendants by Sarah Ruehmann. Bill Cottman will offer five photos and poems from his book “Surface Tensions, Dan Hylton is providing signed copies of his new CD and poster, along with VIP admission to his CD release event (complete with backstage tour), Tia Salmela KeoBunphan is making a set of six acrylic coasters, and Johnna Morrow has made matted and framed landscape paintings plus a a Skysong Sampler CD. Each share will come in a box made by local woodworker Bill Moore, which will have NOMI CSArt emblazoned on the side.

Shareholders will pick up their art at Goddess of Glass, where a meet and greet-style opening will take place. There will be three pick-up dates throughout the season, and there will be three to four pieces of art in each box.

“It’s an opportunity to have some art made by people that you probably know,” Beckers said.

To become a CSart shareholder, you can visit Goddessofglass.com/NOMI-CSArt or send a check with your name, address, phone, and email to: The Goddess of Glass, 2205 Lowry Ave N, Minneapolis, MN, 55411. Shares are $225 plus tax. Questions can be directed to Connie Beckers at the Goddess of Glass, 612-327-0283 or email thegoddessofglass@gmail.com.