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Community Supported Art
"Precious," a fiber sculpture by Threewalls CSA artist Montgomery Perry Smith.

CSA shares are everywhere: We love getting weekly vitamin boosts from boxes of fresh carrots and chard, and we?ve already signed up to get bouquets of hyacinths and parrot tulips all summer long.

So we were thrilled when we heard one of our favorite visual-arts nonprofits, the West Loop?s Threewalls, has co-opted the model to offer us a healthy dose of culture--only in this case, the ?a? in CSA stands for ?art.?

On May 1, Threewalls launches its 2013 CSA. Here?s how it works: Buy a subscription for between $400 and $3,000, and you?ll get four, five or ten limited-edition artworks. Four times a year, pick up your wooden crate filled with surprise pieces--from prints to multimedia works--by some of the city?s top art stars.

Like looking forward to summer tomatoes at the Green City Market or waiting for the Ravinia calendar to come out, we can?t wait to see what we?ll get from the likes of sculptress Allison Wade, photographer David Hartt or fiber artist Montgomery Perry Smith. (Tip: start clearing wall space now.)

Top-level subscribers even get tours of artists? studios, allowing them to see what?s being made now. How?s that for fresh?

Threewalls, 119 N. Peoria St. #2C; 312-432-3972 or

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