Beavercreek artist Blenda Tyvoll loves painting images of trees and birds, and that affection paid off this month when Market of Choice announced she was chosen to illustrate the grocery chain’s third shopping bag.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Blenda Tyvoll's illustration of a chipper little robin sitting on a branch was chosen as this years Market of Choice shopping bag.Tyvoll is pleased with her selection, not just because her work will be out there, hanging from shoppers’ arms, but because the program gives back to the community. Market of Choice recently gave $1,500 to the Clackamas County Arts Alliance in an effort to support local artists and promote the use of its reusable shopping bags.

The funds, raised in 2013, came from the sale of 100-percent recyclable, nonwoven polypropylene reusable bags that feature the work of Oregon artists. For each bag sold, $1.50 goes to local arts organizations.

Drawing on nature

Tyvoll’s bag features a stylized tree in shades of spring green with red floral accents; perched on one curvy branch is a colorful robin.

“I love trees and all the things trees stand for, such as shelter, food, home, stability, peace, so many things ... and birds, too. They represent freedom and happiness to me,” she said.

Tyvoll lives in the countryside, just south of Oregon City, where she and her husband, Joe, are surrounded by trees of all shapes and sizes. In fact, they raise Christmas trees on the property, so that might go a long way in explaining why trees keep showing up in her art, Tyvoll said.

As for the shopping bag project, she was contacted by Lyn Ryse, marketing director at Market of Choice. Together they chose several images for Tyvoll to focus on, and eventually she settled on the one chosen by the market.

“So far, three different art bags have been created. My artwork is on the latest edition, which represents Southwest Portland and West Linn Market of Choice grocery stores,” Tyvoll said.

“I think my artistic style fits right in with the atmosphere they’ve created in their stores. Plus, best of all I like being involved in a project that is giving back to our local art community. Arts Alliance has done so much to keep the arts alive and well in our area,” she said.

Tyvoll belongs to the Open Studios of Beavercreek, where she shows her work twice a year in the Open Studios event. The next one is scheduled for June 6, 7 and 8.

Plus, she often participates in the Clackamas Arts Alliance Artist Exhibit Program, and also belongs to the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Fresh Art!

See Blenda Tyvoll’s work online at Art prints are available in Oregon City at Grapevine Graphics and Miss Adeline’s in Canby. Look for Tyvoll’s bag at the Market of Choice, 5639 Hood St., West Linn. To learn more, go to

The Clackamas County Arts Alliance of West Linn and Southwest Portland was created to support, develop and promote access to arts and culture in Clackamas County. Visit

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