High school students throughout the Willamette Valley area are invited to submit entries with the theme “Growing a Green Future” by April 26
PORTLAND, Ore. – April 10, 2019 – Calling all high school artists. It’s time to get the creative juices flowing. Put your passion for art and fresh food together and submit your original artwork to the 2019 Farmers Market Reusable Bag Design Contest. Entries are now being accepted for the ninth annual competition presented by Portland Farmers Market and COUNTRY Financial. The contest aims to highlight the artistic talent of local students and inspire them with the bounty of our valley and supporting a healthy, sustainable future.
Students are encouraged to think green and use inspiration from this year’s theme “Growing a Green Future” in their design submissions. The winning design will be featured on the 2019 Portland Farmers Market canvas shopping bag that will be distributed for free to market goers on June 8, 2019. The top three student artists will receive a scholarship from COUNTRY Financial: $2,000 for the winner, $1,000 for the first runner-up, and $500 for the second runner up.
“Each year we look forward to working with Country Financial on this contest. The talent in our student community and their creative interpretations of our themes always inspires,” said Trudy Toliver, executive director of Portland Farmers Market. “For engaging local students and getting shoppers excited for spring, this contest is the best!”
Exhibition and People’s Choice Vote: Thursday, May 9
An exhibition of the 2019 submissions for the Portland Farmers Market Reusable Design Contest and the People’s Choice Award vote will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 5 p.m. – 7p.m. at The Best Art Gallery located at 1468 NE Alberta St. in Portland. Light hors de ’oeuvres will be served. Contest entrants and the public are invited to attend and vote for their favorite. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive a $250 scholarship from Country Financial.
2019 Design Unveiling and Free Bag Distribution: Saturday, June 8
The winning design of the 2019 Portland Farmers Market Reusable Bag Design Contest will be unveiled during an awards ceremony and scholarship presentation at the Portland Farmers Market on Saturday June 8, 2019. Following the presentation, 1,000 canvas shopping bags featuring the winning student’s design will be distributed for free to market-goers courtesy of Country Financial.
The theme for 2019 is “Growing a Green Future”. In order to be considered, artists must follow the theme and include the phrase “2019 Portland Farmers Market” in the artwork. Entry forms and official rules can be found at https://www.countryfarmersmarkets.com or http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/2019-portland-farmers-market-resuable-bag-design-contest-entries-wanted/
The deadline to enter is April 26, 2019
About COUNTRY Financial®
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