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The $25 card in turn offers deals at 23 Washington County businesses and counting.

COURTESY PHOTO: TUALATIN VALLEY CREATES - Brickhaus Coffee in Beaverton is one of 23 local businesses participating in the Tualatin Valley Creates ArtPass program.A new collaboration between Washington County creatives aims to increase exposure for artists and their businesses.

Tualatin Valley Creates, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the local art scene, launched the ArtPass earlier this year. The $25 card in turn offers deals at 23 Washington County businesses and counting.

"As a small business, it's difficult to get the word out," said Patricia Grass, owner of Green Heron Book Arts, which sells art supplies in Forest Grove. "We're trying to pull more people in, and this is one way to do that."

Marketing director Leina'ala Voss said Tualatin Valley Creates so far has sold around 30 passes.

Instead of mandating certain discounts, the program allows businesses to decide how they want to participate. Green Heron offers $5 gift cards for $25 spent. Jan's Paperbacks in Beaverton offers a free book by a local for members who spend $10 or more. Brickhaus Coffee in Beaverton offers 20% off on Mondays. Ridgewalker Brewing in Forest Grove, which has a wall dedicated to works by local artists and recently collaborated with Tualatin Valley Creates on a new beer label, offers members 10% off their tab.

"It's good for exposure and might bring some new customers in the door. That's a small aspect of it for me," Jeff Farrar, owner of Ridgewalker Brewing said. "For me personally, it's great to be connected with these people and individuals and be part of the growing artistic community around here, whether that be painting, art or anything else in the creative spectrum."

Tualatin Valley Creates is hosting an in-person artist mingle networking event from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Ridgewalker Brewing in Forest Grove. To sign up for the ArtPass, visit {obj:61196:tvcreates.org/artpass}.


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