[image-1]Charleston Supported Art, the CSA-style subscription service whereby patrons pay a fee up front to receive a collection of works by selected artists a few months later, just announced the amount of money the organization paid out to artists in 2014, its first full year of operation: $27,000. By the end of 2015, the press release says, Charleston Supported Art will have paid out an additional $18,000 to local artists.

Just like with a farm’s CSA, collectors who sign up for Charleston Supported Art — called shareholders — can sign up for a season for $425, which gets you a total of four pieces of original art by four different artists. (For the Fall season, which still has shares available, those artists are painter Lisa Shimko, painter Alex Waggoner, sculptor Jordan Fowler, and mixed media artist Nina Garner.) The artists, who are chosen through an application process, are paid a stipend of $1,500. 

At the scheduled pick-up events, which are free and open to the public, shareholders receive their surprise works of art. The idea is to help beginning collectors start their art collection, while also connecting artists and collectors who otherwise may not have found each other. By the end of the Fall season, Charleston Supported Art says it will have commissioned 960 pieces of art from local artists. 

If you think you might be interested in trying out Charleston Supported Art, you can get a taste for the program at the upcoming Summer pick-up event on Aug. 6 at Mixson Bath & Racquet Club in North Charleston. The event runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will feature complimentary beverages by Frothy Beard Brewing Company, Cannonborough Beverage Co., and Wine Awesomeness.