Photo: Orange Mound Gallery
ArtsMemphis and the CLTV have commissioned three local black artists, Lawrence Matthews III, Matthew Thomas, and Felicia Wheeler, to create a series of work in sets of 25.
Their goal is to promote the broader goal of cultural equity, and to cultivate a new generation of art collectors in Memphis. The artists will contribute pieces to a public exhibition, entitled “Maintaining Place | Making Space.” The exhibit will run from October 6th through November 4th at the Orange Mound Gallery, located at 2232 Lamar Ave.
The opening reception will take place on Friday, Oct. 6th at 6pm. There will also be an artist talk on Sunday, Oct. 15th at 2pm. Finally, there will be a pick-up party for CSA collectors, along with a closing reception, on Saturday, Nov. 4th at 6pm.
CSA is an innovative art-distribution model called Community Supported Art. Much like agriculture CSA’s, they rely on share purchases by a community of stakeholders. Instead of receiving kale or cauliflower, art CSAs provide shareholders with locally sourced works of art.
CSA shares can be purchased for $500 each, but availability is limited. Every shareholder will receive a piece of art from each of the three participating artists. Proceeds from the sale of shares will go toward commission fees for the participating artists, and toward ArtsMemphis’ ArtsAccelerator Grant Program, which provides $25,000 in annual funding for local artists.