Victoria Empty Bowls event reaches milestone

Celebrating its tenth year of aiding area charities, the Victoria Empty Bowls project is expanding with a gallery opening and Raku-firing demonstrations.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 in the Victoria College Student Center and the newly renovated Fine Arts Building, both on VC’s Main Campus.

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 purchasers to a bowl of soup, bread and a drink.

Proceeds from the Empty Bowls project will benefit Christ’s Kitchen, Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry, Victoria County Senior Citizen Center and the Victoria College Visual Art Scholarship.
Debra Chronister, VC associate professor of art and Empty Bowls co-chair, said the event will also include displays in the Fine Arts Building.

“This has been an extraordinary year for the development of Empty Bowls,” Chronister said. “We are not only celebrating the tenth anniversary of the event in Victoria, but we are also celebrating the opening of the new gallery and kiln yard in the Fine Arts Building.”

This year, the soups, bowls and silent auction will be at the Student Center as in the past, but the rest of the activities will occur across the parking lot at the newly-renovated Fine Arts Building, she added.

“The demonstrations of throwing and the ever-popular Bash-a-Bowl will be at the new kiln yard,” Chronister said. “The renovation allows us to demonstrate Raku-firing and highlight a gallery exhibit of raku ceramics by international artist Steven Branfman. Coffee and desserts will be served at the Fine Arts Building, along with outdoor live music by Jerry James. Several artists will be exhibiting and selling their work, so there will be plenty to do.”

Over the past nine years, the event has raised more than $90,000 to benefit local agencies whose mission is to fight hunger, said Sherri Pall, VC director of Workforce & Continuing Education and Empty Bowls co-chair.

“In keeping with this year’s theme, ‘Toast to Ten,’ we salute those who have contributed to the growth of Empty Bowls Victoria over the past 10 years,” Pall said. “The heart and soul of any successful fundraiser depends on community support. The majority of restaurants, chefs and caterers who donated soups and breads for our very first event continue to support us today. Together, with the generosity of our sponsors and countless volunteers, we have been able to provide critically-needed financial assistance to agencies whose mission is to fight hunger in the Crossroads area.”

Published: Friday, 31 January 2014

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