Dominican University student becomes Earth Month Eco-Artist in Residence at Whole Foods Market

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Courtesy Julia Evans, Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market's River Forest location may divert over half of the store's trash from the landfill, through recycling and composting programs, but this Earth Month the store hopes to turn its garbage into something a little more eye-catching. Local Fine Art Student at Dominican University, Theresa (Tess) Farris, will spend the first half of April as Whole Foods Market - River Forest's Artist In-Residence. Ms. Farris will be working on-site at the grocery store offering shoppers an inside look at her creative process as she gives second-life to materials that would otherwise find their way to recycling or trash bins

"We're all Earthlings, native species to this beautiful planet," explains Whole Foods Market River Forest's Marketing & Community Relations Specialist, Julia Evans. She continued, "That's why we've asked Tess to help us step beyond recycling, and create a piece of art that celebrates our unique connection to Earth."

Ms. Farris can be seen working on the piece in the store café on select days in April, primarily Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings. The final piece will be installed at the store's Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 20 at 12 pm.

In addition to this in-store celebration of Mother Earth, Whole Foods Market is also sponsoring "Recycle Alley" at the Village of Oak Park's Earth Fest, to be held on the same day.

Tess Farris is an accomplished painting and sketch artist. She keeps her portfolio open for viewing online. Visit http://farrtheralong.tumblr.com/archive . For more information about this project and Whole Foods Market's Earthling Month (launching April 1), e-mail julia.evans@wholefoods.com or call the store (708) 366-1045.

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