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Before you checkout, check out the artBefore you checkout, check out the art<div class="ExternalClass5863313C2F694D1DB4BFB750A94F52A9"><p>​</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Newest Phoenix Fry's Food Store to Feature Original Mural by Local Artist</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p>January 12, 2017 (Peoria, AZ) – The Public Art Program of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, in partnership with Fry's Food Stores, commissioned Valley-based artist Bill Dambrova to create a mural in the newest Fry's Marketplace. The store, located at 25401 N. Lake Pleasant Parkway in Peoria, Arizona, is scheduled to open at 7 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting celebration at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, January 13. </p><p> </p><p>Mr. Dambrova was chosen from among 42 Phoenix area artists who applied for the $7,500 commission to paint the mural, which is 12 feet wide by 5 feet high. "Dambrova was chosen because of his unique perspective of the Arizona landscape. He was able to include the more obvious sights of the community while also showing us the natural world on a microscopic level," said Bo Wachendorf, Art Project Manager for Fry's Food Stores. The mural for the new Fry's Marketplace in Phoenix draws upon imagery from the nearby community and celebrates the diverse landscape and wildlife of the Sonoran Desert.</p><p> </p><p>"Bill's mural highlights the beauty that artists can see in our surroundings to enhance the experience of everyday places and necessities," said Edward Lebow, Director of the Phoenix Public Art Program, which ran the process of selecting the artist. "Fry's has become a leader in bolstering community connections between private development and the arts through mural commissions like this one."</p><p> </p><p>Bill Dambrova is an Arizona native and a 1993 fine arts graduate of Arizona State University. His paintings are inspired by the dramatic beauty he found in natural science and exotic animals during a career in Los Angeles as an exhibit designer for natural history museums, zoos and aquariums. Since returning to Phoenix, in 2012, Bill has pursued painting full time. He received a Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum Artist Award Grant in 2014, and been featured at the Tucson Museum of Art's 2013 Arizona Biennial. He exhibits at galleries locally and nationwide. </p><p> </p><p> </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 23-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 and <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1319771/4377413/13228/6/">Twitter</a>.</p><p> </p><p><strong>About Fry's</strong></p><p>Fry's Food Stores is headquartered in Tolleson, Arizona. The company employs more than 20,000 Arizona residents and operates 122 Fry's Food Stores (includes this new store). Fry's has been serving Arizonans' with fresh food at famous low prices since 1960. </p><p> </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> </p><p>For more information about Fry's or ClickList, visit the co​mpany's web site. Fry's is a division of the Kroger Co. (Fry's also is available on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter)</p></td></tr></tbody></table></div>1/12/2017 9:00:00 PMMatthew HamadaEd Lebow602-495-0197