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Local art programs benefit from sale of reusable art bags

EUGENE, Ore. – Market of Choice is distributing $11,829 to community arts organizations in Oregon to support local artists and promote the use of reusable shopping bags.

Art-Bag-Duo-smThe funds raised in 2013 come from the sale of 100% recyclable, non-woven polypropylene, reusable bags that feature the work of commissioned local artists. For each bag sold, $1.50 goes to local arts organizations. The distribution of funds is based on the number of bags sold in each community.

This year’s beneficiaries include:
•    Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene: $7,323
•    The Arts Center, At Risk Youth Program, Corvallis: $1,506
•    Friends of The Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland: $1,500
•    Clackamas County Arts Alliance of West Linn and SW Portland: $1,500

“We are excited to support these organizations, as many of them fill a need in providing creative art programs in the communities we serve. But we couldn’t do it without our customers’ participation,” says Rick Wright, president of Market of Choice.

Each time a new art bag is released, select organizations benefits from its sale. The first in the Market of Choice art bag series featured the commissioned work of Corvallis artist Licia Basille-Jelten. The second showcased the whimsical work of Eugene artist Rogene Manas. The third bag in the series will be released this month and will feature artist Blenda Tyvoll of Beavercreek, Oregon.

About the art programs
Clackamas County Arts Alliance – West Linn and SW Portland, Oregon
Arts Alliance was created to support, develop and promote access to arts and culture in Clackamas County.

Maude Kerns Art Center – Eugene, Oregon
The Maude Kerns Art Center promotes and advocates appreciation and creation of the visual arts by offering a variety of exhibition programs, educational programs for all ages, facilities for artists, public events and support for community artists.

The Arts Center, At Risk Youth Program – Corvallis, Oregon
Over 12 months, up to 30 different teaching artists provide workshops for at-risk youth in ceramics, sculpture, drawing, dance, music, poetry, theater, painting and fiber arts. These workshops make a substantial impact on underserved youth in the community.

Friends of The Schneider Museum of Art – Ashland, Oregon
Serving both an academic and community audience, The Schneider Museum of Art seeks to build a challenging environment that engages with the visual arts through exhibitions and programs supporting interdisciplinary study, research and discourse.

About Market of Choice
Market of Choice offers a relaxing, enjoyable shopping experience and an extensive selection of conventional, natural, organic and whole health products at affordable prices. Staffed by friendly people who care about the communities where they live and work, Market of Choice has eight stores in Oregon, located in Corvallis, Eugene, Portland, West Linn and Ashland.

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