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Three Friends Want to Change How St. Louis Buys Art, Get Local Artists Paid

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via CSA STL
Cassandra Howard, Gardiner Rhoderick and Katy Peace.
Farmers have used Community Supported Agriculture programs, or CSAs, for years now to get farm-fresh food directly to people's tables.

Customers pay a subscription or membership fee up front, and in turn, farmers bundle their freshest fruits, vegetables, meats and other food goods for customers to pick up weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

Now, three friends want to use the CSA model to connect customers to artists in St. Louis, offering monthly boxes of paintings, records, screen-prints, poems, theater tickets or any other type of original art.

"I really think this project is a really exciting way to get people involved in their local arts communities," says Katy Peace, who is organizing the program, called CSA STL, with two friends, Gardiner Rhoderick and Cassandra Howard. "We want to break down the barriers to entry for both artists and consumers."

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The first step, Peace says, is to find the nine artists who will create 50 unique works of art for three months of deliveries to CSA STL's members.

"We're really looking for artists of all disciplines," including musicians, glass-blowers, performance artists, writers and more, Peace says. "We're looking for as much fresh and local art as possible."

Once the artists are chosen by a five-member jury, they'll get a $1,000 stipend to start creating for CSA STL's subscribers, who will pay $300 for three months of art.

Peace says she hopes using a CSA model will encourage St. Louisans to invest upfront in local art in a way that is less intimidating or expensive than shopping in galleries or art fairs. Subscribers will get to meet-and-greet with the artists who contribute to their shares, giving them an even deeper connection to St. Louis' art scene.

"This is an easier way for people to make those connections," Peace says.

Want to apply to be a participating artist for CSA STL? Applications are due June 30.

Want to buy a share or find out more? Find out more here.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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26 comments
Pamela Devine
Pamela Devine

Thank you for thinking of me, Melanie. This is such a neat idea.

Kara Noeth
Kara Noeth

So the artist gets $20 for a piece of art? That seems really unfair to the artist and will probably lead to poor enthusiasm which equals shotty art

Shaana Cavins
Shaana Cavins

Will they deliver ballerinas in a box lol if so I'm in !!!!!

Becca Wedge
Becca Wedge

Holy shit have you seen the mean comments on that page?? Wow people are assholes

Karl Richards
Karl Richards

Maybe they can help the local music scene too!

ut_4_me
ut_4_me topcommenter

The problem comparing this to produce and meat is that I can actually EAT produce and meat.


Jacqui Ruoff
Jacqui Ruoff

This obviously serves no other purpose than something these "friends" can put on their resumes.

Lee Miller
Lee Miller

One box of random, highly subjective art please... lol

Robin Ragsdale
Robin Ragsdale

Art purchases are a very individual and personal thing. You can't just buy a box of art collected by a stranger. It doesn't make sense. Unless maybe you are a professional decorator or house stager who needs an inventory of art on hand.

msulli0370
msulli0370

@ut_4_me Are you really that big of an idiot, or do you just play one on the internet? It's the construct that's comparable, not the product. Sheesh. 

msulli0370
msulli0370

BITTER, PARTY OF ONE...BITTER, PARTY OF ONE...YOUR SAD TABLE IN THE BACK CORNER BY THE BATHROOMS IS READY.

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