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Newest Phoenix Fry’s Food Store to Feature Original Mural by Local ArtistNewest Phoenix Fry’s Food Store to Feature Original Mural by Local Artist<div class="ExternalClass39627417CF6941519A7201F76210DAFB"><p>June 13, 2016 (Phoenix, AZ) – The Public Art Program of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, in partnership with Fry's Food Stores, commissioned Valley-based artist Lauren Lee to create a mural in the newest Fry's Marketplace. The store, located at 1311 E. Bell Rd. in Phoenix (85022), is scheduled to open at 7 a.m. on Friday, July 15, with a celebration and ribbon cutting at 7:30 a.m. </p><p>Ms. Lee was chosen from among 23 Phoenix area artists who applied for the $7,500 commission to paint the 12ft wide by 5ft high mural. "Lauren was selected because she was able to convey the spirit of community and Arizona's vibrant landscape with a bold and interesting graphic treatment." said Bo Wachendorf, Fry's Food Stores Art Project Manager. The mural for the new Fry's Marketplace in Phoenix draws upon iconographic imagery from the nearby community and celebrates the diverse landscape and wildlife of Arizona's desert.</p><p>Lauren Lee is an accomplished, full-time artist whose large-scale murals can be seen throughout the Valley. She divides her time between painting murals and smaller works for her frequent gallery exhibitions. A 2007 fine arts graduate of Arizona State University, Ms. Lee has been featured in <em>Echo</em> and <em>Java</em><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em> </em></span>Magazines, and was named one of Phoenix's Top 100 Creatives by the <em>Phoenix New Times </em>in 2012. </p><p>"Lauren's mural underscores the unique value and sense of place art can add to our experiences in stores and other private developments," said Edward Lebow, Director of the Phoenix Public Art Program, which ran the process of selecting the artist. "We're pleased that Fry's is taking the lead in bolstering community connections between private development and the arts through mural commissions like this one."</p><p><strong>About Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture </strong></p><p>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, established by the Phoenix City Council in 1985, works to foster a sense of cultural identity, celebrate diversity and ensure an outstanding quality of community life. The Public Art Program was established in 1986 to improve the design of the city's buildings, spaces and infrastructure.  The Office is advised by a 22-member Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission.  For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit phoenix.gov/arts or call 602-262-4637.  Follow the Office on Facebook: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture">Facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture</a> and Twitter @phxarts_culture.</p><p><strong>About Fry's</strong></p><p>Fry's Food Stores is headquartered in Tolleson, Arizona. The company employs more than 18,000 Arizona residents and operates 120 Fry's Food Stores (includes new store). Fry's has been serving Arizonans' with fresh food at famous low prices since 1960. </p><p>Fry's has many employment opportunities. For details about full and part-time opportunities, visit jobs.frysfood.com.  Join for a job – stay for a career!</p><p>Fry's is a division of the Kroger Co. (Fry's also is available on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.)</p></div>7/13/2016 7:00:00 AMMatthew HamadaEd Lebow602-376-5899