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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Winner: Nickels for Nonprofits Award

Dear Art Lover,
My art career took off when I made a classic suit out of Whole Foods Market vinyl banners printed with images and words related to coffee, for my favorite non-profit, the O'Hanlon Center For the Arts.  I will be wearing the suit at the Awards Ceremony this Tuesday.  I hope to see you there.
Whole Foods Market Marin
Awards $1,500 in Grants to Local Nonprofits
Mill Valley, CA, June 9, 2011: Whole Foods Market will honor the winners of their recent Creative Reuse event on Tuesday, June 7 at 6pm at the 142 Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley.
Winners will be honored during the reception for the "From Here to Eternity" art show at 142 Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley on Tuesday, June 7. The reception is from 5-7pm and features some of the pieces submitted for the Creative Reuse contest as well as the work of Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang. (For more information, go to: http://www.eternallyplastic.com/ .)
The Creative Reuse contestin Marin was inspired by Whole Foods Market's core value to care for our local communities and environment.  Susan Grelock, marketing lead for the Marin stores said, "Whole Foods Market has a mission to recycle and reduce waste. Still, grocery stores make some waste that is difficult to recycle or reuse. We are looking for ways to reuse our regular waste items – and support local nonprofits at the same time."
Local artists were challenged to use the typical waste products from a grocery store to create art or practical items.  Participants took cardboard, vinyl banners, laminated signs, and posters and made everything from beach bags to bird houses. The entries were displayed at the Whole Foods Market in San Rafael on April 30 and judged by a panel of three judges .
Winners: The overall "Best in Show" was a hammock created by mother-daughter duo Ronnie and Amelia Sharpe. Their ingenious creation was woven from a vinyl banner and a laminated poster and utilized wood and rope salvaged from a Dumpster. The artists chose to have the $1000 grant they garnered given to the Mill Valley Children's Garden. Event attendees voted for the "People's Choice" award. There was a tie and both Jen Byrne (working for Mission Kids Co-op) and Ellen Litwiller (working for Sun Valley Elementary School) were awarded. Because of the quality of the work submitted, the judges honored additional entries; they will be recognized by being "Nickels for Nonprofits" recipients at Whole Foods Market stores. Through this program, shoppers can donate a nickel to the nonprofit every time they bring in their own bag. This program usually results in a $800-$1200 donation for a local nonprofit.
Susan Grelock
Marin Metro Marketing Team Leader, Whole Foods Market
415-497-9843, 415-889-3006, Susan.grelock@wholefoods.com

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