Community invited to enjoy soup, help fight hunger at annual ‘Empty Bowls’ event

The bowls are finished, the soups are being prepared and the volunteers are ready for the 11th annual Victoria Empty Bowls project, which will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 in the Student Center at Victoria College.

Handcrafted bowls made by current and former VC art students, Victoria East High School students and area potters will sell for $15, which will entitle attendees to a bowl of soup, bread and a drink.

Debra Chronister, VC associate professor of art and Empty Bowls co-chair, said this year’s event will feature something new.

“VC’s advanced art students have been experimenting with new glaze formulas, so look for some new colors and color combinations in addition to the favorites from past years,” Chronister said. “Several top-notch ceramicists from across the state will be exhibiting and selling their wares in VC’s Fine Arts Building. Demonstrations on raku-firing and throwing will also be held there, and folks will have their own chance to ‘throw’ at the Bash-a-Bowl again this year.”

Approximately 700 bowls have been created by 24 current and former VC art students. Of that  amount, more than 30 bowls were created by VC Academy of Lifelong Learning members.

Some 18 area restaurants and caterers are participating in this year’s Empty Bowls project, which includes a silent auction and Jerry James performing live music.

“We are fortunate to have another great selection of delicious soups and breads this year,” said Sherri Pall, Empty Bowls co-chair. “The continued support we receive from Victoria restaurants and our volunteers is key to our success.”

Over the past 10 years, the event has raised more than $100,000 to benefit local agencies whose mission is to fight hunger. Those agencies include Christ’s Kitchen, Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry and the Victoria County Senior Citizen Center. Funds also go to the VC Visual Art Scholarship.

Empty Bowls began more than 20 years ago in Michigan when a high school art teacher and his students helped coordinate an event to support a local food drive. Instead of holding a canned food drive, the class made ceramic bowls and served a simple meal of soup and bread. The bowl is meant to serve as a keepsake and a reminder of world hunger. Since then, Empty Bowls projects have spread throughout the world.

For more information about Empty Bowls in Victoria, call (361) 582-2590.

Published: Friday, 30 January 2015
 

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