Check it out // Community Supported Art

There’s a new CSA opportunity in town and it has nothing to do with fresh produce.

Instead of supporting local farmers, this CSA celebrates local artists and art lovers.

Springboard for the Arts celebrated the launch of the inaugural season of Community Supported Art (CSA) with a party June 17 at the Walker Art Center’s Open Field.

All of the CSA’s 50 shares sold out in less than 12 hours earlier this year. For $300, CSA shareholders will get “farm boxes” of local artwork at three scheduled pickup times this summer. The first pickup was at the June 17 kickoff party.  The second one will be July 23 in Mears Park in St. Paul and the third at the Walker Art Center on Aug. 19.

More than 200 local artists competed to be involved with the CSA program.

The winning artists for the summer season include: Calpurnia Peach (textile and fashion designer); Jennifer Davis (a burlesque designer, painter and printmaker); Andy Ducett (a drawer and printmaker); Amber Jensen (a book artist); Maren Kloppman (ceramic artist); Lacey Prpic Hedtke (photographer); Amy Rice (painter); and Karl Unnasch (stained glass/sculptor).

The goal is to help artists connect with local collectors and patrons, and likewise, give supporters of local artists a chance to meet emerging and mid-career artists and buy art at a great value.

Artwork boxes will include a mix of pieces — a poem or short story, screen prints and teacups, for example.

There will be a chance to participate in a CSA this fall, too. Stayed to Springboard for the Arts — springboardforthearts.org — for more details.

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Red, White & Boom! Half Marathon

The folks that bring you the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in October are hosting the inaugural Red, White & Boom! Half-Marathon on July 4.

The 13.1-mile race starts and ends on Main Street near St. Anthony Main. Runners have a 6:30 a.m. start time. They must cross the finish line by 10 a.m. to be considered an “official finisher.”

The course winds through Northeast with about three miles along Saint Anthony Parkway. The most challenging area is a hilly portion near Deming Heights Park around mile seven.

For more information and to register, visit mtcmarathon.org.

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‘Summer of Skirts’

The DIY sewing studio Sewtropolis is teaming up with Fabuliss, a personal style concierge service, for a “Summer of Skirts” style consultation on July 10.

The event will be from noon–3 p.m. and feature a 15-minute style consultation with Sasha Westin, owner of Fabuliss; a $25 gift certificate to Fabuliss; $10 off a skirt sewing class at Sewtropolis; and a 10 percent discount on class supplies at the sewing store.

The fee for the event is $10.

Sewtropolis is at Diamond Lake Road & Nicollet Avenue. For more details, visit sewtropolis.com.

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Uptown Market is weekly

Don’t forget to check out the Uptown Market this summer (we featured it in our June 14–27 issue, too).

The market kicked off its season June 20 and will be open every Sunday until Sept. 26.

The market is on 29th Street, between Lyndale and Dupont avenues.

There are more than 30 vendors this season, including the always popular Chef Shack, Magic Bus Café and Fox Falafel, and a rotating selection of artists.

There will be more local produce, flowers and plants at the market this year, too.

The hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, visit uptownmarket.org.