Friday, April 19, 2024

Ceramic mugs with a verdigris finish, made by Cambridge’s Sarah Spademan, are among the art offered as part of this year’s CSArt program. (Photo: Spademan Pottery Studio)

Community Supported Art, which links local artists to local buyers, is back for a second round with a new crop of nine area artists, including two from Cambridge, said Susan Hartnett, executive director at the sponsoring Cambridge Center for Adult Education.

Anyone can buy a share at $350 — up $50 from last year — and get nine pieces of art.

“It’s a terrific opportunity,” Hartnett said, “and only 50 shares will be sold to keep each CSArt series special. Half of the CSArt shares have been purchased before the artists have even been announced.”

They are announced now, though, with the crop including photographs of Massachusetts Avenue by John Heymann and ceramic mugs with a verdigris finish by Sarah Spademan, both of Cambridge; 3-D map collages by Phyllis Ewen and pen-and-ink drawings by Abdellah RamRam, both of Somerville; handmade travel journals by Melissa Chao of Watertown; phone book block prints by Will Whelan and folk art rag dolls by Kristen Belton Willis, both of Boston; digital collages by Martha Jane Bradford of Brookline; and wearable copper notebooks made of reclaimed materials by Pam Farren of Newburyport.

“In 2011 we focused on artists living and working in Somerville and Cambridge. This year we expanded CSArt to include artists in the greater Boston area,” Hartnett said.

Since the program uses the model of community-supported agriculture as a way to encourage investment in local artists,  the CSArtworks will be “harvested” at three parties open to the public at various sites around Cambridge and Somerville on Sept. 8, Sept. 22 and Oct. 13. Each party is to feature three of the artists distributing works to the shareholders and talking about their art.

The program is designed to help artists position themselves as small businesses — offering an opportunity to create a product line that will help draw attention to their art, build a buyer base and raise awareness of their work, Hartnett said. In addition to the dedicated group of 50 buyers, CSArt also offers small-business support including budgeting, pricing and marketing advice from the nonprofit Bridges to Business, a gallery show at CCAE, a stipend for their work and $500 in class credit at CCAE.

CSArt is a partnership between the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge and Somerville arts councils and Cambridge and Somerville Local First organizations, with partial funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Eastern Bank.

This post took a significant amount of material from a press release.