Fundraiser for local programs

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lawn art bikes are being sold as a fundrasier for the Safe Routes to School program, and the arts association's student scholarships.Special artist-designed bicycles are now on sale as a fundraiser for two Madras programs.

The bikes are wonderful, colorful, metal bicycle silhouettes, perfect as a wind vane for your garden, business or other special place.

The bicycles were designed by Studio on Fifth artist Sharon Miller as wind vanes or garden ornaments. The stem is not attached for easy shipping and storage. Central Oregon Artists for Hope coordinated the metal work with Deer Ridge Correctional Institute, and the bicycles were handpainted by the first two organizations.

The bikes will be for sale for $25 for one and $45 for two. All proceeds go to support two nonprofit organizations in Jefferson County, the Jefferson County Arts Association and Jefferson County Safe Routes to School program.

The bikes can be purchased at Studio on Fifth, 220 S.W. Fifth St., Madras, at Art Adventure Gallery, 185 S.W. Fifth St., Madras, or at the Cycle Oregon camp in Juniper Hills Park on Sept. 10 and 11. Look for the Madras/Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce community booth.

Jefferson County Arts Association operates the Art Adventure Gallery on Fifth Street in Madras. The Art Adventure Gallery was created to capture the breadth and character of local works and bring them to residents and visitors of Central Oregon.

It is a cooperative effort of the artists involved and the Madras community and is staffed and managed by volunteers. The Jefferson County Arts Association acts as a forum where all forms of art are fostered and creative and intellectual achievements are celebrated. It offers three annual art scholarships to youth continuing in art.

Jefferson County Safe Routes to School Program teaches bicycle and pedestrian safety to elementary school students. The goal is to promote safe routes for students to walk and ride bicycles to school and beyond. It is a federally funded program, but locally, it must find its own funds for helmets, bicycle parts and repairs.

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