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Have you ever wanted a little surprise in your post box each month that isn’t one of those ghastly bills? Instead of slouching back to the house with unwanted post you can be rushing back to open a small parcel of delights. This is where the Art in a Box scheme comes into play. Each month, the Oakland based Compound Gallery will send each of its subscribers a new work of fine art by a local Californian artist.

bird-sculpture-with-human-headWhilst the artists might be based in and around Oakland and San Francisco, the postal range is nationwide and includes Canada and even abroad for an extra fee. The Art in a Box system is based on the CSA (Community-supported agriculture) socio-economic food distribution model but instead of fruit or vegetable, subscribers receive a gift of art. The wonderful part of this system is the surprise factor. Apart from being able to choose the medium of the art piece, all the other details such as the artist or object are random.

boxed-art-subscription-giftsEach gift arrives in a 11” x 17” x 3” box along with the artist’s bio. The aim is to showcase local artist’s work across the nation whilst at the same time funding the system and providing quality pieces of art to the subscribers. In fact, the piece of art is more often than not priced at a higher level of cost than the subscriber pays monthly, which is $50.

californian-art-in-a-box-giftYou can read more about this fascinating endeavour on the website which can be found here: Art in a Box – Featuring Bay Area Artists.

H/T: Design Milk