Shares of nine works created by local artists can be purchased for $300.

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council promoting its first annual Community Supported Art program, a plan that puts original art into the hands of art collectors and patrons directly from the artists at reasonable cost. Modeled after Community Supported Agriculture, CSA offers regional artists and art patrons/collectors the opportunity to come together, strengthening the art community and helping artists grow their businesses by meeting contacts in the community.

Nine artists from Northwest Minnesota, including two from Crookston, have each created 50 pieces of original art. The NWMAC will facilitate distribution of 50 shares containing nine original art pieces to 50 art patrons who purchase them. Purchasing a share is a perfect way to add to an art collection, to shop for holiday gift-giving, or to decorate a place of business with locally created work.

The Art Council gave a stipend to each of nine artists to create 50 exclusive pieces of art for this program. Artists participating in this year's CSA program are John Leopold of Thief River Falls, (woodcut print), Chris Lane of Newfolden (photography), Jenn Steinbrink of Crookston (pottery), Jeanne O'Neil of East Grand Forks (intaglio print), John Charles Cox of Thief River Falls (mixed media), Jolene Juhl of Greenbush (glassware), Renee Jensen of Stephen (framed Hardanger embroidery), Trey Everett of Crookston (pen & ink drawing), and Robin and Lorrie Foster of Red Lake Falls (pottery).

One share equals nine pieces of artwork that are bought by one art patron. Shares are available to the first 50 buyers who contact the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council requesting to purchase a share. Cost of each share is $300, payable by cash or check to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council. When a share is purchased, the pieces belong to the purchaser to do with as he/she pleases.

The shares will be distributed at two events, the first at Evergreen in Thief River Falls later in November. The money from the sale of these shares will go back into the NWMAC fund that started this year's CSA program in order to help another group of northwest regional artists next year.

If you, someone you know, or a place of business is interested in purchasing a CSA share, you may email Therese at or call the NWMAC office at 218-945-9111 to reserve your share. Payment must be made within five days of calling.

For more information call the Arts Council office at 218-745-9111, or visit their website:

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is a non-profit that receives funding for regional arts from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota Legacy Fund.