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2021: CSA: Community Supported Art, 4th Annual

What is a CSA? Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, Community Supported Arts is a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors. It’s been replicated in over thirty cities in North America over the past five years. This is Bunnell’s 4th annual CSA and the first to partake in Alaska. Alaska’s first art CSA was begun in 2018 by Bunnell’s Board of Directors to connect emerging artists with a community of collectors. Each CSA “share” includes a collection of small works by various Homer artists. Shares go on sale June 1, annually. For Bunnell Arts 2021 CSA, six emerging local artists from Homer were selected by competitive application. The artists were selected based on quality, contrast and compatibility for the CSA collection. Each artist created 30 shares for the CSA boxes. Each artist is paid upfront for the works -a guaranteed market. This stipend assists with the upfront production and labor of the art. Each share includes one piece from each of the CSA featured artists. Benefits of the CSA program for Artists include:

  • Gallery support and guaranteed revenue for the creation of their work
  • Establish relationships with the local artists and art community
  • Participate in the launch of an exciting new model of art and distribution

Benefits of the CSA program for Members include:

  • Receive multiple works from local artists at a fantastic value!
  • Develop relationships with the local artists and art community
  • Discover new artists and explore a variety of disciplines
  • Support local artists’ careers and a vibrant community

Shares available on June 1, 2021

Selected Artists for 2021:

Allison Galbraith – Sterling silver and bead jewelry

“The piece I have created for the CSA box is a coalescence of my two primary techniques – silver smithing and bead weaving. It pairs the structure of the silver (earth) against the colorful fluidity of the beads (life) and connects them by thread and wire. Each piece has its own unique color pattern on an identical metal hoop just as each life is lived in its own unique way on this shared earth to which we all belong.” @birch_bear

Ariel Gingrich – Mask or Ditty Bag

“Printed using a two block relief print of a beach grass heavy with winter snow, double lined, exterior is light canvas, interior is cotton with pace for filter between. I am a self taught natural dyer and print/textile artist based out of Homer, Alaska. I’ve been running my own small online shop for the last two years, focused on using sustainable/reclaimed materials and natural themes.” @erlthegurl

Ahna Iredale – Sea Urchin Mugs

“I will make porcelain mugs with a celadon glaze. The decoration is sea urchin inspired. Clay has been my choice for many years as a way to express my relationship to the world I live in. I continue to be inspired by nature and events which affect my life. Stepping into the light of this new day I have begun a cycle of new ideas which I will explore.” @ahnairedale

Willow Jones – Carved Birch Salmon-tail Scoop

“Green wood spoon carving is my preferred method of creating utensils for everyday use. I use unseasoned wood aged just a few months in the log for its carving advantages and for the way that it connects me back to the tree and its origins. Simplicity of process and sustainability of materials are guiding principles for me, and I am nurtured by these quiet, ancient methods.” @willowqjones

Oceana Wills – Small Painting

“I remember opening a farm CSA box as a kid and being so delighted by the assortment of beautiful vegetables. To me, being a part of this art CSA means contributing a small treasure that will be nestled among other beautiful, thoughtful treasures—a showcase of whimsical and practical art objects made locally, a collection of joy in a box. Because so many of my paintings focus on the human figure (women, mermaids), I was inspired to make what is often the background landscape and place details of my work come to the forefront. I saw the process of making 30 small 5x5s as an opportunity to practice observation and explore my painting during these months of mostly staying home. Thinking about the particulars of each season, I aimed to create studies of place, meditations on my connection to the nature, landscape, and water world on and around Kachemak Bay.” @oceana.wills

Saundra Choate-Hudson – Upcycled Wool Mittens

I’ve always found joy in making something a little better, creating what I need out of what I have, and being resourceful. After experiencing a traumatic brain injury, that process became personal. Fibers of wool provided the canvas for that journey, finding the beauty of what once was by creating another version; a version that still finds purpose but shines in a different way…not unlike my brain. These mittens are repurposed from wool sweaters I find at thrift stores lined with warm polar fleece (new) or cashmere.

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