Whole Foods Chicago Eve Week 2012: Offers Limited Edition Artist Designed Collectible Totes.

Whole Foods Chicago Eve Week 2012: Offers Limited Edition Artist Designed Collectible Totes.

A new bag for a new year.

CHICAGO, Thursday, December 27, 2012. Select Whole Foods Market® stores in Chicago are celebrating food, local artists and Chicago-based charities by selling original canvas bags designed by five well-known Chicago artists during "Eve Week" kicking off today through Monday, December 31.

The brightly colored limited-edition bags pay tribute to chocolate truffles, brie cheese, champagne, grapes and lobster. Each day will feature a different artist with only one design available each of the five days only at the following select Chicago Whole Foods Market locations in the South Loop, Halsted, Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, Sauganash and Lakeview. Each of these stores will receive only 100 bags each day--when they're gone they're gone.  The re-usable totes are priced at $10 each with the proceeds going to each of the five artists favorite charities.

The artists and their charities are:

Jay Ryan.

Chicago native Ryan has been making screen-printed concert posters in Chicago since 1995. He has worked with hundreds of bands, including Andrew Bird, the Flaming Lips, the Decemberists, Shellac, Fugazi, Jeff Tweedy and the Melvins. Jay's work has been noted for its muted colors, mischievous household objects and concerned animal characters. His charity of choice is Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Uriel Correa.

Correa is a Chicago-based artist who works primarily (for the moment) with acrylic and paint pen. Correa’s work is a conglomerate of blurred brushstrokes, frenzied line work and eye-popping color contrast that at first glance may seem aggressive and completely off the cuff. Upon closer inspection, one can see concentrated areas of detail that have a very romantic, nostalgic quality to them. Correa's charity is Night Ministry. The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness.

Diana Sudyka.

Sudyka, a Chicago illustrator and printmaker, has worked as a master intaglio printer for Chicago print studios Big Cat Press and Landfall (now in Santa Fe, NM), as well as creating screen-printed rock posters for artists such as Andrew Bird, Feist and The Decemberists. Currently, she’s a freelance illustrator, working on projects that range from album artwork to book covers including The New York Times-bestselling series Mysterious Benedict Society. Her charity is First Slice.  First Slice funds its efforts with a “shareholders program,” with some 100 subscriber families receiving home-cooked, restaurant-quality meals weekly. The First Slice staff often serves more than 300 needy and homeless people each week through several social service organizations, such as Streetwise. In the past several years, a small job training program has also been added.

Cody Hudson.

Hudson is a Chicago-based artist and graphic designer who also works under the name Struggle Inc. Known for his production of clean, multidimensional graphics, Cody's design aesthetic is part urban modernism and part organic visual deconstruction. His graphic work and paintings have been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan, including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), New Image Art (LA), Rocket Gallery (Tokyo), The Lazy Dog (Paris), and Andrew Rafacz (Chicago). Cody’s work has also been featured in numerous magazines and publications, including idN, Elephant, Arkitip and Anthem & Juxtapoz. His charity is 826CHI. 826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students 6- 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. They provide drop-in tutoring, after-school workshops, field trips, in-school tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.

Jason Teegarden-Downs and Billy Baumann.

Teegarden-Downs and Baumann launched Delicious Design League in Chicago in 2006. The friends, with over 10 years in the ad biz, started “Delicious” simply as a rock poster design/screen printing hobby, but by 2008 it had quickly grown into a full-time design and illustration studio. Over that span, they went from designing rock posters for little-known bands to designing and illustrating for some of the most recognizable brands in the world. Their charity is Purple Asparagus.  Purple Asparagus educates children, families and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet. They bring delicious, nutritious hands-on adventures to schools, community organizations and farmers’ markets throughout Chicagoland.

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