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Clay, Fiber, Encaustics, Metal, Paper, Ink, and Watercolor
“What is CASA?” one may ask. Well, with thirty participating artists, the co-op runs solely on its volunteers. “All of the artists have a studio space and access to materials in exchange for some chores and external duties,” says Lee Anne Willson, one of the founders of the organization.
The purpose of CASA is to allow local artists to work, learn, and share their expertise with one another, as well as with the public. “It helps to have a place to get away from things, a place where everyone is affirming and reassuring to one another in regards to their work, and this is that place,” said Willson. She also mentioned it’s a great place for recent graduates of the University to establish themselves before entering the professional art world.
While the majority of artists work with clay in either shared or private space, there is a wide variety in media from photography to paper and fiber arts. There is also an active gallery space, where the CASA artists, as well as local artists, are invited to display their work.
In participating in the upcoming Studio Tour, the artists are excited to do some demonstrations for the public, as well as show people the context of what CASA is. “We hope that people can learn how a situation like this works and how we function as an encourager of the arts, making it easier for artists to pursue their careers,” says Willson.