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Local artists prepare for Salvation Army's Empty Bowls fundraiser

Local artists prepare for Salvation Army's Empty Bowls fundraiser

March 21st, 2019 by Joe Gamm in News

Matt Alexander holds up his bowl after peeling off the paint-coated lace. Alexander was one of about 20 Scholastic employees who volunteered time Wednesday to help The Salvation Army. In addition to painting dishes for the Empty Bowls soup luncheon, the group assisted at The Salvation Army preparing cleaning supplies for distribution this week. Empty Bowls attendees purchase a $20 ticket allowing them to sample soup provided by local restaurants and served by their staff. In addition, the purchase price allows for the procurement of one of these hand-painted bowls.

Photo by Julie Smith /News Tribune.

Volunteer artists with all levels of talent have worked hard this week on creations intended to help feed hungry people in Jefferson City.

The creations — painted bowls for the fourth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser — have been developing in a multitude of styles, Salvation Army Lt. Rachel White said.

The Salvation Army ordered 425 unfinished bowls for this year's fundraiser. After the volunteers complete their paint jobs, the bowls are to be fired and stored until this summer, when the annual event takes place, she said.

The goal this year is to raise $7,000.

Each year, organizers find and encourage artists to use new techniques in bowl painting.

"We did our first bubble bowls a couple of years ago," White said. "People asked where they were last year."

She said organizers had not anticipated how popular bubble bowls would become. To create the bubble effect, the artist mixes paint with dish soap and blows into the soapy paint through a straw, creating sudsy bubbles. Those bubbles are poured over the bowls and allowed to pop, leaving a marbled effect on the bowls.

Staff at Capital Arts are again this year hosting the volunteers and giving them pointers for new techniques.

One of the popular techniques this year is to paint the bowl while using a paper doily as a stencil.

As usual, Capital Arts Vice President Janis Burgin said, at least six professional artists will create and offer bowls for a silent auction during the fundraiser.

Also available during last year's silent auction, she said, was a large metal sculpture created by students at Nichols Career Center. The center is expected to do another sculpture this year.

The event is planned for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 6 at Windstone Entertainment Event Center, 2425 Industrial Drive in Jefferson City. Tickets, which will cost $20, will go on sale at the end of June or beginning of July, White said. Organizers hope to sell 350 tickets.

A ticket allows somebody attending the event to select from the volunteer-painted vessels and enjoy soups provided by many of Jefferson City's restaurants, along with bread and desserts.

As usual, Domenico's Restaurant's famous tomato-basil soup will be available, White said.

Artists are expected to continue working on the bowls through Friday.