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Following the overwhelming success of their inaugural 2014 season, Trenton CSArt co-founders Lauren Otis and Andrew Wilkinson have opened registration for their latest CSA art share.
Trenton CSArt is much like the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model that has been around for years, helping small farmers prosper while giving shareholders fresh, healthy, local produce. Now, Community Supported Art (also CSA!) is gaining a foothold in cities across the country, including Philadelphia and Brooklyn, using the same model to benefit artists and give shareholders new, local art.

Trenton is a host to a diverse and talented community of artists, but with limited local exhibition and sales opportunities. Otis and Wilkinson launched Trenton CSArt to fill this gap, providing a bridge between gifted artists and interested patrons.
“Our inaugural Trenton CSArt put over $8,000 in the pockets of Trenton-area artists and gave 25 patrons eight original works of art at a very reasonable price,” said Otis.
Much like an agricultural CSA, Trenton CSArt is a share-based membership of a flat cost that entitles the purchaser to eight pieces of original art created just for them by each of the CSA’s artists.
CSA_2015_01This year, Trenton CSArt will showcase eight artists who are part of Trenton’s celebrated street art and graffiti scene: Billy MF Brown, Will “Kasso” Condry, Demer, Lank, MRX+1, Leon Rainbow, Ras, and Uhm.
“Most of these artists work large, creating murals around the city at events like the Jersey Fresh Jam and Windows of Soul,” said Otis. “Now, 25 lucky CSA subscribers will get limited edition art, created in series just for them by these giants of Trenton’s public art realm.”
The cost for the CSA is a flat $500 ($525 using Paypal). Enrollment is open and ongoing, with a maximum of 25 participants. Share owners will pick up their art, and get an opportunity to meet the artists, at a mixer held at Otis’ and Wilkinson’s Cass Street studios in Trenton. Further details on the CSA and artists can be found at www.TrentonCSArt.com.
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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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