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Culture notes: WonderRoot announces artists for third CSA; Essential picks Playwriting Competition co-winners

VISUAL ART
WonderRoot announces third art CSA

WonderRoot, the Reynoldstown arts nonprofit, has announced the artists who will participate in its third CSA (community supported art) project. A model for selling and purchasing artwork, the WonderRoot CSA is a twist on the traditional agricultural CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).

For the third edition, 40 investors will purchase “shares” in artwork by six notable and emerging local artists for $600 ($200 less than “Season 02″ for the same number of works).

The commissioned artists will be Meg Aubrey, Nikita Gale, Jason Kofke, William Massey, Michael Stasny and Marcia Vaitsman.

Artwork will be distributed over the first half of 2014 at a series of three “Pick up Parties,” each featuring artist talks. The works will range in medium — including photography, painting and printmaking.

The ideas behind Atlanta’s first art CSA include to support Atlanta artists by commissioning them to create work; to help keep local talent in Atlanta; to help artists grow their collector-base; and to cultivate a culture of art collecting locally.

Program Manager Jennifer Lobsenz said WonderRoot leaders have been “heartened by the enthusiastic response from both artists and collectors throughout Season 01 and Season 02. It’s wonderful to see these kinds of connections strengthening in Atlanta.”

Information: www.wonderroot.org/csa.

HOWARD POUSNER

THEATER
Essential announces two Playwriting Competition winners

Essential Theatre, which has supported Georgia playwrights and presented new plays to Atlanta audiences since 1987, has announced Theroun Patterson and Karla Jennings as co-winners of its 2014 Playwriting Competition. The last time there were two winners was 2006.

Jennings’ “Ravens and Seagulls” is described by Essential as “a heartfelt story about four sisters going through the process of losing one of them to illness.”

Patterson’s “That Uganda Play” was written in reaction to Ugandan Parliament member David Bahati’s anti-homosexuality bill bill of 2009. Some reports dubbed it the “Kill the Gays” bill due to originally proposed death penalty clauses.

Both playwrights will receive a $600 cash prize and a full production in this summer’s Essential Theatre Festival, which since 2011 has been singly focused on world premieres by Georgia playwrights. Dates and a venue will be announced soon.

Details: www.essentialtheatre.com.

HOWARD POUSNER

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