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Henderson County Potters and Artisans Sponsor Empty Bowls Dinner in Flat Rock, NC – Apr. 30, 2017

March 30, 2017

On Apr. 30, 2017, potters and artisans of Henderson County, NC, will sponsor an Empty Bowls dinner benefiting the Backpack Program at St. John in the Wilderness in Flat Rock, NC. The event will be held from 5 to 7pm in the church Parish House, located at 1905 Greenville Highway in Flat Rock.

Area potters and school groups are making and donating pottery bowls for the event, and local restaurants and bakers are preparing and donating soups, breads, and desserts for the meal.

For the past eight school years on Friday mornings, volunteers have loaded about 200 backpacks with supplemental non-perishable food for children on the free- and reduced-lunch program so that they don’t go hungry on weekends. The program provides food for students attending a day care center (year-round program), two elementary schools, one middle school, and a parochial school.

Debby Staton, coordinator of the Backpack Program at St. John, said that food is provided by MANNA Food Bank weekly and then is supplemented from grants, donations, and fundraisers like Empty Bowl. “We make sure that each child has three dinners, two lunches, two breakfasts, and two snacks on a regular weekend.”

The Empty Bowls Project began in 1990 in a Michigan high school art class to raise funds for a food drive. Today it is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger, personalized by artists and arts organizations on a community level.

Tickets are $25 per person, which includes one handmade pottery bowl to take home, or $50 for families, which includes two pottery bowls. Limited tickets are available at the church Parish House.

Local potter David Voorhees is coordinating the event along with Staton. “One ticket will feed seven children for one weekend,” said Voorhees. “Come enjoy a simple meal, and choose a pottery bowl handcrafted by a local artisan to take home as a keepsake, knowing you are supporting children across Henderson County who are struggling with hunger every day.”

For more information, contact the Church Office at 828/693-9783 or David Voorhees at 828/698-8775.


Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery in New Bern, NC, Offers Valentine Cards and Blessing Bowls During the ArtWalk – Jan. 14, 2011

January 5, 2011

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery in New Bern, NC, will start out the new year with an ArtWalk on Jan. 14, 2011, from 5 to 8pm. Janet Francoeur, gallery owner, said “we haven’t done that in many years – but this one will be special. We’ll be promoting the empty bowl project to feed the hungry. I’ll be selling my Blessing Bowls for a $20 donation. We’ll deliver the bowls to the Craven Arts Council as a donation in your name for the Empty Bowls event. If you go to the fundraiser in February you will get a bowl to take home.”

The gallery is also presenting its 5th Annual Valentine Card Show and Sale Benefit. Each year over 1000 valentines are created by Craven County school children, hung in a show at Carolina Creations and sold for $3 each. All proceeds are donated to the schools art program.

The gallery purchases the card stock and envelopes and donates it to the schools. Over 10 art classes from throughout the school system creates card using handmade paper, pastels, clay, collage and other techniques to decorate the cards. For the children, it is exciting to see their work in an art gallery, for the classes it is a way to raise some much needed cash to help buy supplies and for Carolina Creations it is a way to give back to the community for their support for the past twenty one years.

The cards will be up for the January ArtWalk and a reception for the children will be the following Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, from 4-7pm.

Empty Bowls is a joint outreach of Religious Community Services and the Craven Arts Council. It’s a project designed to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. Local restaurants and churches will make, serve and donate soup and bread to serve at the event; and individuals and local artists will donate pottery bowls. Attendees get to have some soup and bread and choose a one-of-a-kind pottery bowl to take home.

This year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held at Temple Baptist Church, 1500 Kingdom Way, New Bern, on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, from 11am until 2pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Bank of the Arts and Fuller’s Music.

We hope you will feed your soul and at the same time help feed the hungry by stopping by the Bank of the Arts to view A Shared Promise and Responsibility and to purchase a ticket for Empty Bowls.

A Shared Promise and Responsibility, features an exhibit of photographs by Bill Lease and bowls by Eastern North Carolina potters, on view from Jan. 11 through Feb. 26, 2011, at the Craven Arts Council’s Bank of the Arts in New Bern.

Bill Lease is a third-generation artist working in digital photography. “Through my photography, I strive to examine the seemingly ordinary. My desire is to offer a perspective that creates a focus for quiet reflection or the nucleus for exploration and discovery. Photographic images are: an opportunity to capture a moment in time; a vignette by which we may examine the world in which we are privileged to live; an invitation to take a very personal and singular journey to places in our imagination; an invitation to experience, not merely view; at once, the image and the concept – a story.”

And tell a story, he does! As a prelude to our Empty Bowls fundraiser, Lease was asked to help call attention to hunger and poverty in Craven County by photographing the people who avail themselves of RCS’s soup kitchen and shelter. What he found was both moving and uplifting.

In addition to Lease’s photography, the exhibit will feature “big bowls” by local potters Joanne Ashton, Becky Badger, Joyce Basye, Jim Bisbee, Milton Bland, Carolyn Curran, Rich Daniels, Scott Haines, Misty Lupton, Carol McCracken, Linda Murdock, Elizabeth Priddy, Carolyn Sleeper, Bonnie Tinsley, Debbie Wait, Ben Watford, Michaelé Rose Watson, Debbie Wheeler, Brent Wheelright and Candace Young. Participating potters will also donate smaller bowls for the Empty Bowls event.

The Bank of the Arts is located at  317 Middle Street in New Bern. The hours are Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. For further info call 252/638-2577 or visit (

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery is located at 321 Pollock Street in New Bern. Its hours are Mon.-Thur. & Sat., 10am-6pm; Fri., 10am-7pm; & Sun., 11am-3pm. For further info call 252/633-4369 or visit (