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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hilary Pfeifer | Bunny with a Toolbelt
Jennifer Green | Green Bean Books
Free Maps of Animal Art Hidden on Alberta Street
PORTLAND, Ore, June 17, 2020 – Families, animal lovers or art enthusiasts—are you looking for an outdoor activity that allows for social distancing now that Oregon is opening back up? Two Portland-based businesses, Green Bean Books and Bunny with a Toolbelt, have created a free map of 28 animals hidden within the many permanent art works between NE 14th and 30th Avenues on Alberta Street in Northeast Portland. The map, which is available at each business or for download on their websites, gives a clever clue to each animal’s location. For green gumshoes, there’s also a QR code at each location so you can use your smartphone to access the tour.
The walking tour is a great way to learn about the history of the Alberta neighborhood. Many of the art works included in the map are a small part of a mural or sculpture that tells a bigger story about the people who have built that neighborhood.
Green Bean Books and Bunny with a Toolbelt, the creators of the map, are both located in the heart of the Alberta Arts District.
Bunny with a Toolbelt’s Window of Wonders is a gallery you view entirely from the sidewalk, located at 1722 NE Alberta Street. Illuminated from dawn to midnight, hundreds of tiny critters made from reclaimed wood fill the classic storefront, artfully displayed in a window-oriented landscape. Retail sales from the are handled online rather than in the space itself. The main display changes seasonally, which has become a beloved neighborhood attraction in the past two years.
Green Bean Books, at 1600 NE Alberta Street, is a unique children’s independent bookstore that supports readers of all ages with a wide selection of books on all topics. During Covid times you can call or email for bookseller recommendations and ordering and then choose no contact store pick-up or porch delivery. You can also order books to be shipped anywhere in the country on the Green Bean Books website. When things get back to normal you can expect in-store browsing, regular author events and creative story times for kids.
The map will get a celebratory kick-off as part of Summer of Alberta, a summer-long celebration sponsored by Alberta Main Street, the nonprofit organization that serves this popular 30 block business corridor. For more information about Summer of Alberta, visit www.albertamainst.org.
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