WonderRoot CSA Project-yay commission time!

I haven't had a chance to write much about this, except in the brief timeline I posted yesterday but here's some more information about this project.  I was invited by WonderRoot to participate in their CSA, or Community Supported Art.

Here's how they explain it:

"What is the WonderRoot CSA? The WonderRoot CSA (Community Supported Art) is a new model for selling and purchasing artwork, adapted from the traditional agricultural CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).

What is the purpose? The WonderRoot CSA seeks to: a) cultivate a culture of art collecting for the local arts economy and b) support Atlanta artists by commissioning them to create work

Why did we create it? WonderRoot invites art curious individuals and seasoned collectors to invest in the local arts economy by purchasing a share to Atlanta’s first ever art-based CSA, The WonderRoot CSA. By investing in local artists, customers are helping to keep local talent in Atlanta, as well as claiming their share of our city’s most gifted creators. Artist contributors are able to immediately grow their collector-base to 50 individuals, in addition to a guaranteed commission before any work is ever created. The exposure to WonderRoot’s audience throughout metro Atlanta creates even more opportunity for participating artists to develop interested buyers.

How does it work?- 50 shares available to the public at $300/share
- Commission of 9 artists to create 50 works each
- Quarterly (total of 3) delivery of “art box” with 3 works within each delivery
- A “release party” coincides with each delivery with attendees as artists and shareholders"

Here's the really neat infograph they made (click to make it big):

Here's all the other artists participating (so neat, websites are linked):
Bethany Collins, Wret Rausaw, Henry Detweiler, Michi Meko, Patricia Patterson, Noble Beast, Jill Frank and Nick Madden
And here's the video of me talking about why I am excited to be participating in the project:

Finally, Floyd Hall, of WonderRoot, did a podcast interview with me.  I mostly meander about my moving around as a lot as a kid, my family, and my work with domestic violence victims but I also talk a little bit about the CSA.  Here's the link:

I'm super excited about the work, and in fact finishing it all up this week and weekend to be hand delivered on the 15th!

Here are some other articles/blogs announcing and talking about the project:


Update for the new year!

So the next three to four months is going to be intense and since I'ave already started getting busy I haven't had time to properly update in a long time and there is so much to share!  In the midst of the following, I am additionally trying to get a proper website set up, better documentation of my work, and the other things that happen from day to day (day job is picking up speed, moving, etc).

But in any case, here's a quick breakdown of my upcoming projects:

January 15th-WonderRoot CSA project Due
This is WonderRoot's new program which features 9 artists they selected viz committee. Each artist is paid $1000 to produce 50 pieces f work for boxes that will be released three times a year (I'm in the first box and there are 3 artists in each box). People who subscribed paid $300 for a set and will get 9 pieces of art from local Atlanta artists! I'm doing 10 unique prints, each an edition of 5 for 50 pieces-work based on stories of Domestic Violence Survivors.

January 17th-Mass Transit Muse Workshop
Michael Molina, who I worked with on the Elevate project, has been working on this production called Mass Transit muse which uses storytelling, petry, singing, dancing, and visual elements to tell the story of a young man returning home and exploring the city he grew up in, particularly the people who inhabit it. It's really quite amazing and I've been asked to design the sets and other visual elements for the production. On the 17th at 7:30 at seven stages we have the workshop to invite possible producers, funders, and others for feedback and information about the project. The actual run of the show is to be in the late winter/early spring of 2014.

February 15th-WonderRoot and boys and Girls Club of America Project-75 blue doors
25 artists will each design/paint/art the back of three blue doors based on interviews with youth from the boys and girls club of America. It's to honor the 75th year of the organization and the doors will be installed throughout the city in the month of April. the intveriws start in February, the doors are due March 15th

This is the big one! Ha ha, my solo show at beep beep. I'm still exploring a lot of ideas but I'll be working hard the month of February to get to near completion on new work so that I can do Studio visits and get enough feedback and exploration done to produce a really awesome show. Scary but exciting. I'm bringing Mom down from Michigan and Alec and Jessie up from Savannah for this.
From Beep Beep's Preview of 2013 shows!
Mural project in Athens at New Earth Music Hall
Adrian, who is the director I think, asked me to work on a mural on the wall of this building. He's looking to have it be an arts center, I think similar to WonderRoot. He has great ideas and has given me free reign of the 140 ft wall, with a longer term goal of getting it done. Exciting stuff and I'm hoping to enlist some of my other artsy friends to help complete it.

I'm still working on a commission that keeps getting pushed back for Tamara's friends. It's a portrait commission and another of Tamara's friends has said they want one too.

That's the major stuff! I'm also entering into a few shows and contests and the like but its hard to keep it all wrapped up in my head. I have a huge calendar at the studio that's helping me keep track these days.