WONDERROOT CSA SEASON 04
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, WonderRoot CSA. By investing in local artists, shareholders 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, 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.
In Season 04, WonderRoot has commissioned six artists — Danielle Brutto, Terri Dilling, Daniel Flores, Julie Sims, Jason Thomas, and Joe Tsambiras — to create 40 works each, making 40 shares available to the public for $400/share. Artwork will be received by shareholders at a series of three pick up parties. Pick up parties will take place from September to December of 2014; exact dates will be confirmed by September 1. Each pick up party will feature work by two artists and will include artist talks.
Interested in purchasing a share? Please fill out a WonderRoot CSA Season 04 purchase form.
MEET THE SEASON 04 ARTISTS
Danielle Brutto is a visual artist artist based out of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Parsons the New School for Design in New York with a BFA. While Brutto is always experimenting with new media, her primary focus is abstract painting. Through painting, Brutto explores the physicality of paint itself to create obscured and abstracted images that explore the human figure, landscapes, nature and animals and their relationships to one another through destruction/creation and life/death cycles.
Terri Dilling is a visual artist living in Atlanta, GA. Dilling received a BA from Indiana University, a BFA from Georgia State University, and also studied visual art in England, Spain, and Italy. Inspired by the beauty and complexity of the natural world, Dilling’s work often evokes a landscape or garden, along with the microscopic worlds contained within. After being awarded a 2005 residency at the Caversham Centre in South Africa, she revived printmaking in her practice, and aided in founding the Atlanta Printmakers Studio where she currently serves as president.
Daniel Flores is a visual artist living in Atlanta, GA. Deriving inspiration from his Mexican-American heritage, Flores revisits the stories of the Great Aztec Gods and incorporates Aztec mythology into his drawings and paintings. Since 2004 Flores has participated in over 25 group art shows in the Atlanta area. In 2012 Flores’ work was published in the July issue of ImagineFX Magazine, and in 2005 his art was shown at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA as part of the Art Beats + Lyrics Art Show. In addition, his tattoo studio won Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta award in 2002.
Julie Sims is a visual artist living in the Atlanta area. Sims received a BFA in photography from Georgia State University in 2009. Sims’ work has been exhibited in Asheville, NC, Louisville, KY, Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA, and has been included in numerous group shows. In addition, Sims’ work was included in the Possible Futures’ publication Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape. Sims was recently awarded the WonderRoot Walthall Fellowship, selected by the New York Times for the NY Portfolio Review, and nominated for the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award and the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for women in photography.
Jason Thomas is an Atlanta-based visual artist who works primarily in pen-and-ink. Since moving to Atlanta in 1993, Thomas has been active in the city’s art scene as an art student at Morehouse College where he majored in Art Education. Following graduation, Thomas has gone on to work as a freelance illustrator, serve as the President of Creative Energy 360, and work as a part-time art teacher. In addition to curating a variety of events and exhibitions throughout Atlanta, Thomas has participated in exhibitions such as Resistance is Futile, and CAIN at Mano Art Shows, along with Standing on the Shoulders of Giants at the Art of Giving Gallery in Atlanta, GA. Thomas is currently the Resident Art Director for iNetwork, Inc. and the illustrator of the Facebook comic strip “The Adventures of Mavis and Mary.”
Joe Tsambiras is a visual artist living in Decatur, GA. In 1994 Tsambiras received a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in illustration, and received an MFA in drawing/printmaking from Georgia State University in 2007. After receiving his MFA, Tsambiras immersed himself in the Atlanta art scene, and has exhibited in high-profile shows such as the ink-drawing collaboration with Atlanta-based artist Sam Parker, Majestic Hours at Beep Beep Gallery in 2008, and the four-person collaborative show Here We Hide at Mint Gallery in 2010. Tsambiras was nominated for the prestigious Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award in both 2009 and 2010. In 2012 he celebrated the art of printmaking by curating an all-printmaking show at Kibbee Gallery called ECHOES: Adventures in Printmaking. Tsambiras recently had his first successful major solo exhibition, PORTL at Swan Coach House Gallery in Atlanta, GA.
Please email Jennifer (email@example.com) if you have any questions about WonderRoot CSA Season 04.
Season 04 CSA Advisory Committee: Robin Bernat, Darrah Brustein, Anya Vostrova Chambers, Oral Givan, Jimmy Hamilton, Oronike Odeleye, Masud Olufani, Stephanie Pharr, and Kris Pilcher.