If you’re shopping at the new Fry’s Marketplace in Peoria, you will be treated to a beautiful art display on your next trip to the grocery store.
The store, located at 25401 N. Lake Pleasant Parkway in Peoria, celebrated it’s grand opening on January 13 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Public Art Program of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, in partnership with Fry’s Food Stores, commissioned Valley-based artist Bill Dambrova to create a stunning mural in the newest Fry’s Marketplace store.
42 local artists applied for the $7,500 commission to paint the mural, which is 12 feet wide by five feet high. Dambrova, whose art is displayed in the Goat Heart Studio in downtown Phoenix, was selected to complete the mural. The finished mural is a colorful celebration of the diverse landscape and wildlife of the Sonoran Desert.
Dambrova is an Arizona native who graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from arizona State University. His paintings display his appreciation for natural science and exotic museums, supported by his career experience as an exhibit designer for natural history museums, aquariums and zoos in Los Angeles. He returned to Phoenix in 2012 and has pursued painting full time. This is not the first time he has been awarded a particular honor, as he received a Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum Artist Award Grant in 2014, and been featured at the Tucson Museum of Art’s 2013 Arizona Biennial.
Make sure to stop by the new Fry’s store for fresh food deals and an inspiring local art display.