FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 15, 2022

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jon Kull
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
jon@bbaybrewery.com
(206) 947-9035
https://www.bbaybrewery.com/

Local Artist Supports Scholarship Fund with Gallery Show at Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Boundary Bay Brewery is proud to collaborate with local artist Shawn Kemp as the brewery’s featured artist during February and March. Kemp has donated all art pieces to Rooted Generosity’s Jordan Slagle Boundary Bay Scholarship Fund, which specifically supports Boundary Bay employees. His unique creations are displayed in the Bistro and can be purchased off the wall for $400 each. All proceeds will support the scholarship fund. Those who wish to donate more are welcome to do so. 

“I have donated this show and all the proceeds to the Jordan Slagle Fund as a way to say thank you to the Boundary Bay team for enduring a brutal pandemic and keeping our bellies and hearts full,” said Kemp. 

The scholarship fund has already supported nine employees of the brewery enrolled at various institutions of higher learning since its inception in 2016. Ramona and John Mark Slagle launched Rooted Generosity after their son, Jordan’s unexpected passing. The nonprofit exists to extend and enrich the impact of generosity as demonstrated by Jordan throughout his extraordinary life. Recipients of the award include Brian Skywalker, Jabez Richard, Megan Hansen, Megan Gambill, Anne Malone, Gina Garding, Nik Budden, Allie Craswell and Jenny Schmidt. 

“The Jordan Slagle Boundary Bay Scholarship continues to support folks as they reach toward their important goals,” said John Mark Slagle. “Each year since Jordan’s untimely passing in 2016, deserving learners connected to the Boundary Bay community have been gifted with funds – all focused on helping folks further leverage their own grit and determination to meet their educational goals. Degrees have been completed, certifications received, and careers extended in a wide range of professions and disciplines. This past year, the generosity of the scholarship was expanded to help fund a recovery journey. Learning takes many shapes. We look forward to continuing the scholarship for years to come.”

In addition to the fundraiser, the gallery show will feature a unique opportunity for community members to create a piece of art together. Those interested can scan the QR code on the Bistro wall or visit https://alleditions.art/gen/bb to generate designs. Any designs shared on social media may be selected to be part of the community mural. Instructions for how to participate are posted at https://www.bbaybrewery.com/blog/a-mural-crafted-by-community

“I’ll select my favorites posts and turn the generated design into an in-real-life segment for the mural at Boundary Bay Brewery,” said Kemp. “Once the show is finished, you’ll be able to collect your personal segment and keep it forever.”

About Shawn Kemp: 

Shawn Kemp produces art using computers, pure high intensity light and traditional woodcraft. His unique creations are composed of layers of wood that are cut with a high-powered laser and finished with shellac, which he carefully tints. 

“I’m inspired by the complexity of nature and the order of mathematics, and my pieces incorporate these principles in their design,” Kemp said. 

More information about Shawn’s art can be found at https://alleditions.art/profile/shawn-kemp 

About Rooted Generosity

Rooted Generosity is a nonprofit organization created in memory of former Boundary Bay employee Jordan Slagle. Ramona and John Mark Slagle launched Rooted Generosity soon after Jordan’s unexpected passing. The organization exists to extend and enrich the impact of generosity as demonstrated by Jordan throughout his extraordinary life. For more information about this important organization and Jordan’s legacy, visit https://www.rootedgenerosity.org/rooted

The Jordan Slagle Scholarship is awarded annually to selected Boundary Bay employees. Scholarship applicants can apply at https://www.rootedgenerosity.org/scholarship between March 21 and May 20, 2022, to be considered for the 2022 scholarship. 

About Boundary Bay

Boundary Bay Brewery is an independently owned and operated brewpub located in downtown Bellingham. Since 1995, the business has been making handcrafted beer and fresh, local food for the Bellingham community. Boundary Bay Brewery houses a Taproom, family-friendly Bistro, outdoor dining with a patio, sidewalk seating and a beer garden. For more information visit https://www.bbaybrewery.com

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