What is the Library Arts Center’s community supported art (CSA) Artshare program?
In the spirit of a traditional CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), the Library Arts Center is swapping out agriculture for artwork for an innovative CSA (Community Supported Arts) program! This program originally launched in late 2020 during the pandemic, and we are thrilled to be bringing it back for a third season with a whole new slate of artists. At its core, the program supports local artists, and recipients of “Art Shares” enjoy having a 4×4 piece of original art mailed to them once a month for five months. Pieces will be mailed out to shareholders once a month from January-May 2023. A limited number of 50 CSA shares are offered in each series, at a price of $95 per share.
Each CSA share purchased allows the shareholder five pieces of original artwork. Pieces are mounted on 4×4” lightweight wooden boards, making them ready to hang–and the uniform size and mounting of each piece allows for a distinct display that is easily built upon season by season. Each month features a different local artist, and each art piece is accompanied by information on that month’s featured artist. Pieces are mailed out each month via USPS, and sent right to the recipient’s mailbox. The price of postage is included in each CSA share. TO ORDER: Use the Order form at the bottom of this page.
If you are an artist who would like to participate in future CSA offerings, please let us know! We would be delighted to let you know when we open up our next call for entries.
MEET THE 2023
This series features pieces from five artists—from traditional to more contemporary—and includes works in watercolor, acrylic, and photography.
Windsor, VT | Watercolor
Margaret Dwyer earned her Master of Fine Art degree in Visual Arts in 2008 from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, VT. Her thesis work involved researching, writing, and creating art based on psychological themes such as trauma, dreams, and the unconscious. She works in several 2-D and 3-D mediums (though watercolor is her favorite). Her artwork has been recognized in numerous juried national and international exhibitions.
From 2019 to 2021, Margaret was the Artist in Residence for Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, VT. Margaret is currently the AIR at Billings Farm & Museum. She is also a mural artist, having created dozens of murals both public and private throughout New England. She currently teaches art through her studio in Windsor, VT.
“I love being a studio artist, but I also have a real passion for teaching. It inspires me to be among other creative people and lifelong learners. Ideas and artistic methods are constantly in motion in my studio, and it is a joy to share that with others through teaching”
Center Sandwich, NH | Photography
Susan Lirakis believes in looking ,and plays with seeing. She has been making photographs, and using them as a means of expression, for over sixty years. Susan explains making photographs as a way to make sense of the world and to create; a process she considers a sacred act.
Using plastic, lens-less, and traditional cameras, Susan makes fine art images in series and individual pieces, she also enjoys portraiture.
Susan has received awards and fellowships for further advancement of her work through the NH State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, the Clowes Foundation, and the McLaughlin Residency Fellowship.
This series of photographs is a collection of daily meditations, with the reminder to pause, to celebrate the perhaps seemingly ordinary. These smaller daily works are an accessing to and sharing in my visual process.
I use my photographic interest and skills as an exercise in looking and being. It is a means to remain alert, to feel connected, to maintain spaciousness. I remember what it is to be alive. I celebrate and share what I see. My expression may be literal or more interpretive, playing with time and serving as a gateway to questioning how we see.
Concord, NH | Oil
Margaret began her studies at Portland School of Art, Maine earning a BFA in painting. After completing her degree, she pursued a career in graphic design eventually becoming an Art Director/Production Manager for a nationally recognized publishing company. For the past several years she has been honing her skills as an artist creating a variety of fine art pieces for exhibitions including paintings, pastels, collage, and hand-pulled prints. She continues to exhibit and enjoys collaborating with customers on commissioned artwork based on their personal aesthetic.
As a New Hampshire based artist, I continue to explore and develop my creativity. Throughout my life I have felt a deep connection to the natural world. My artistic endeavor is to capture the natural environment as it resonates with me. My paintings reflect the inspiration I find in the smallest detail of a flower, the simplicity or complexity of a landscape, and the continuous changes of color reflecting a single moment in time. My enthusiasm for nature helps me to focus and express my creative voice.
Bow, NH | acrylic
My B. A. in Studio Art with a concentration in painting and teaching certificate from the
University of New Hampshire, provided me the footings for a colorful life collaged with art.
I was raised in a rural area of New Hampshire where the outdoors was my creative space. I was
taught to explore different media as my parents generously provided me with art supplies and
recycled and natural materials of all kinds. My siblings and I were taught to revere the fine arts
and as a result, several of my family members are also practicing artists. I always found opportunities to weave art into my professional positions. As a preschool teacher at Saint Paul’s School, I encouraged students to use art and art materials for exploration and expression. As an Assistant Gallery Curator at Saint Anselm College – Chapel Art Center, I helped curate, install, and promote exhibitions as well as train budding curators. As a Librarian at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, I provided references to students in the Art and Creative Writing fields. I helped develop a student gallery with a mission to offer
emerging artists real-world gallery experiences in a practice setting. Meanwhile, I continued to
paint and participate in small exhibitions when possible.
Now as a full-time artist, and newly juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association, I
partake in local exhibitions and have begun to sell my work. I joined two recent Strada Easel Challenges which help support my daily painting/framing mission. I shy away from mass-
produced materials for framing and presentation. I am currently working on small panels featuring botanicals. Their size supports rapid painting of fleeting flora. My gardens and wooded trails supply me with endless natural subjects for my paintings.
Like spice on a breeze
A color, a shape, a viridian tease
Botanics in earthy red and lime
The purple of shadows
Color-danced with time
Nature quietly sets the hook
In umbral nook
Once captured on wood or gessoed cloth
Like a hand encompassing
A wandering moth
Fiddlety ferns and fungal flora
To capture their aura
Lebanon, NH | Watercolor
Patti uses watercolor to capture and elevate
everyday items and experiences. From landscape, to still life, florals, and people, Patti spans a wide range of subjects with her paint brush. In addition to being an artist, Patti is also an art teacher both at the Library Arts Center and other venues in the Upper Valley–including Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth. She is a retired art teacher and elementary school principal.
CSA Order Form 2023
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Once you have submitted the above ORDER FORM, please click the link below for payment to complete your order and reserve your CSA Art Share.
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ArtShares make wonderful gift subscriptions! We have gift subscription cards that we are happy to provide your recipient with! Simply note if you would like for you recipient to be notified, or if you would prefer to have the subscription card sent to you to gift instead.