October 7: First Thursday – The RiPPLE Effect @ Keen Footwear | Sustainability, Art, Music, Video, Drinks


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The RiPPLE Effect: Featuring Local Art Made from River Trash

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Join We Love Clean Rivers and Keen at the RiPPLE Effect Event to celebrate sustainable artistic endeavors with live music, a video contest, adult beverages and recycled art on First Thursday.  The event is FREE and will showcase art made from materials salvaged from the Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas River.  We Love Clean Rivers is a non-profit organization that has cleaned roughly 40,000 pounds of trash out of the Clackamas river over the past eight years.  RiPPLe was started as an event to inspire a culture of environmental mindfulness and reuse by reinventing waste into creative works of art.  Come admire, marvel and bid locally crafted sculptures, paintings, and jewelry made from waste harvested from the Clackamas.  Art will be auctioned off during the event.  RiPPLe will be held at the KEEN building on 926 NW 13th.

KEEN is also donating 10% of all products sold at the KEEN Garage all day on Oct. 7th to WLCR! Funds will go towards mobilizing the recreation community to clean up other area high use rivers in 2011.

What: Art Auction & Reception

When: Thursday, October 7th 2010 (First Thursday)

Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm

7:30pm Presentation (including video contest)

9:30pm Auction Closes

Where: Keen Building at 926 NW 13th in Portland (Near NW 13th and Lovejoy)

At 745pm we will kick the party up a notch with live music from PDX pop sensation Vanimal.

RIPPLE began in 2008, inspired by the massive amounts of trash carried out of the Clackamas river by We Love Clean Rivers, a Portland based non-profit that dedicates a weekend every year to cleaning up the Clackamas river.

WLCR started their annual Down the River Clean Up with one person with an idea. That one idea has become an 8-year adventure, evolving to a 300 person team of volunteers who have retrieved tens of thousands of pounds of trash. This immense effort inspires a community of artists to take a turn in the ripples of a great sustainable cause.