New concept hits Colorado art world

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The concept of buying a share in an organization that distributes fresh vegetables through the season, Community Supported Agriculture programs, is fairly well known … but shares in art?

Community Supported Art Colorado, CSArt Colorado, has announced a lineup of 18 diverse artists who will each produce 59 original works of art. (A call for artists went out late in 2012. Selected artists will be paid $850 each.) Fifty pieces of art will go to shareholders and the remaining nine to participating artists.

The Denver Botanic Gardens and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art have partnered to present this program, designed to connect local art lovers with local artists.

One hundred shares will be sold for $400 each, with collectors divided into two groups. Each shareholder will receive nine original works of art.

Shares are available now: For information, go to csartcolorado.org or info@csartcolorado.org.

Half of the work will go to each group in three different distribution events. The first will be on May 16 in the West Terrace tent at Denver Botanic Gardens.

At this time, the Gardens will introduce its sculpture show, “Catalyst,” which will includes works by Colorado artists displayed throughout the gardens.

Shareholders will be classified Enthusiasts I or Enthusiasts II.

Artists selected include:

• Enthusiasts I: Allan Andre, writer/poet/performing artist; Libby Barbee, cut paper drawings; Mark Bueno, painter/sculptor/furniture design; Donald Fodness, illustrator; Theresa Haberkorn, printmaker; Terril Heilman, photographer; Viviane Le Courtois, printmaker/installation artist; Margaret Pettee Olsen, painter; Thomas Scharfenberg, painter.

• Enthusiasts II: Teresa Booth Brown, painter/collage artist; Amber Cobb, illustrator; David Daniels, poet; Anna Kaye, illustrator; Jamie Lang, painter; Adam Milner, photographer/installation artist/videographer; Tony Ortega, painter; Denis Roussel, photographer; Chinn Wang, printmaker/sculptor.

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