Host of Saturday art party (and CSA-style program) welcomes crashers
The first of three free “art harvest” parties comes Saturday, and the party goods this time includes a verdigris mug made by Cambridge’s Sarah Spademan, a wearable notebook by Pam Farren of Newburyport and a phonebook block print made by Will Whelan of Boston.
Anyone can crash this art party, but the automatic RSVPs come from shareholders in the second year of the Cambridge Center for Adult Education’s Community Supported Art program, modeled on the community-supported agriculture systems that deliver produce straight from farms each month. In this case, the “shares” connect nine local artists to buyers.
“We are delighted that all 50 shares of CSArt have again sold out,” said Susan Hartnett, the center’s executive director. “It’s a wonderful endorsement of the program and a great investment in local artists.”
The parties let shareholders collect their art. Visitors get a sense of what local artists are doing — this year ranging from pottery to digital collage — and some encouragement for joining the program’s third year when it rolls around. But like all parties, this one also has a social aspect. “One of the unexpected benefits of CSArt is the connections that are made between the artists, the shareholders and people who attend our events,” Hartnett said. “People start as strangers and end up as a community of new friends.”
The party runs noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at in Davis Square, Somerville, in the park across from the Somerville Theatre.
The second harvest party is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at Eastern Bank in Harvard Square, featuring photographs of Massachusetts Avenue by Cambridge’s John Heymann and the works of two Somerville artists: pen-and-ink drawings by RamRam Abdellah and three-dimensional map collages by Phyllis Ewen.
The final harvest party is set for noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at Catalyst Restaurant in Kendall Square, with handmade travel journals by Melissa Chao of Watertown, folk art rag dolls by Kristen Belton Willis of Boston and mixed-media works by Martha Jane Bradford of Brookline.
CSArt is a partnership between the center, the Cambridge and Somerville Arts Councils and Cambridge and Somerville Local Firsts, with partial funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Eastern Bank.
For information or to join the next round of CSArt, visit ccae.org or call (617) 547-6789, Ext. 1.
This post was written from a press release.