Why This Matters: ASC’s Community Supported Art program connects artists to patrons that care about supporting artists in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.
By Bernie Petit
Carolina waterways, or rather his interpretation of them, connected Davidson sculptor Jonathan Pellitteri to art collectors and conservationists.
Pellitteri created a sculpture of the Catawba River, which begins in the Blue Ridge Mountains and flows through Mecklenburg County, using landscaping materials and homasote (a papier-mâché-like substance made from recycled paper) for ASC’s Community Supported Art (CSA) program in spring 2014. Shares for the 2016 CSA season go on sale Dec. 6 at ArtsAndScience.org.
Pellitteri carved the work into 50 individual pieces for CSA, which supports local artists in the creation and promotion of new work and establishes relationships between the artists and local collectors and patrons.
CSA “connected me with some other artists in the community and it connected me with some art collectors in the community that still come out to my studio to see what I’m working on,” Pellitteri said. “It also led to other works and commissions based on that concept.”
Including a commission for Duke Energy’s Water Resources Fund.
One of the CSA shareholders during Pellitteri’s CSA season worked at Duke Energy. Months later, when the company wanted an artist to create work commemorating the conservation efforts supported through its Water Resources Fund, she remembered Pellitterri and gave him a call.
“The project I ultimately did for Duke Energy was directly set up by doing the CSA program,” Pellitteri said.
Like the unique sculptural works he created for CSA, “Downstream,” the set of seven sculptures Pellitteri made for the Water Resources Fund in 2015, reflected his interest in landscapes and water.
Comprised of manipulated representations of the Cape Fear, Catawba-Wateree, Dan, Keowee-Toxaway, Neuse and Yadkin-Pee Dee river systems, “Downstream” represents the waterways and surrounding communities in the Carolinas and Southern Virginia served by Duke Energy. Pellitteri incorporated water samples and soil from each river system into the artwork.
The first part of the work was divided into pieces to be presented to Water Resources Fund grant recipients. The second part – a representation of a single river system that incorporates elements of the six river systems the Water Resources Fund supports – hangs in Duke Energy’s Raleigh office.
“Downsteam” connects all of the grant fund recipients “making their best efforts to contribute to the health and well-being of our waterways,” Pellitteri said.
In addition to sustaining life, water bonds people together. It’s the salient point Pellitteri makes in both “Downstream” and the work he created for CSA.
Connect with and Support Local Artists
ASC will begin selling member shares of its 2017 Community Supported Art (CSA) program at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at ArtsandScience.org. Shares are $500 and only 50 will be available. Nine local artists will be commissioned to create limited edition artwork specifically for the program. Their work will be boxed and distributed as shares to CSA shareholders at pick-up events in March, April and May. Shareholders will get three artworks at each event and will have one artwork by each artist by the end of the season.
In addition to the opportunity to learn about the processes and creative practices of the selected artists, meet and mingle with other arts patrons, explore a variety of creative disciplines and support artists in the evolution of their careers.
The program artists will be announced this month. The call for artists for the 2017 CSA season has closed.