Northeast Tarrant artists making bowls to fight local hunger
EMPTY BOWLS to benefit Tarrant Area Food Bank and its 26 partner hunger-relief charities in Northeast Tarrant County
February 20 event delights the artistic eye, tickles the taste buds and helps feed hungry families and seniors
Northeast Tarrant artists are contributing their time and talents to help fill the empty bowls of hungry neighbors. They are creating ceramic, metal and wood bowls for guests to take home from the 13th annual EMPTY BOWLS benefiting Tarrant Area Food Bank and its partner hunger-relief charities, including 26 in Northeast Tarrant County. At Empty Bowls, 2,500 or more ceramic, china, glass, and wood bowls handcrafted/hand-painted by Texas professional, student and recreational artisans are available for selection by guests.
The NORTHEAST TARRANT ARTISTS IDENTIFIED TO DATE are Arlene Taylor of BEDFORD, Jill Davis of Texas Clay and Pottery Supply in HALTOM CITY, patrons of Pepe Le Potter and art students at Tarrant County College Northeast, both in HURST, Karen Auhaus of Ahaus Pottery in GRAPEVINE, Kashmira Mistry of KELLER and Ken Burghart of Burghart Woodworks in SOUTHLAKE.
EMPTY BOWLS 2015 will be presented by Tom Thumb FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2015 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Amon G. Carter Exhibits Building at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth, 76107.
TO PURCHASE ADMISSION AND RAFFLE TICKETS and for more information, visit tafb.org or call 817-332-9177. Individual admission tickets are $50; an individual V.I.P ticket is $130 and provides early admission along with corporate sponsors. RAFFLE PRIZES include (1) Dallas Mavericks tickets (2) 42-inch Flatscreen LG LCD HD TV 1080P TV and (3) a Jason Aldean Concert Experience (tickets, backstage access and signed guitar). Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25.
CELEBRITY BOWLS: Empty Bowls, in addition to keepsake studio bowls, offers an auction of bowls representative of and signed by stars of stage, screen and sports. This year, famous signatures include those of, among others, Broadway musical stars Betty Buckley and Tommy Tune, acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, country music star Travis Tritt, TV stars Eric Stonestreet of “Modern Family” and Harry Winkler “The Fonz,” golfer Arnold Palmer, Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn and TCU head football coach Gary Patterson.
Among HUNDREDS of Silent Auction items of art, fine jewelry and entertainment packages, standouts include a painting by Fort Worth ARTIST MICHAEL BANE known for creating illusions that fool the eye, a freshwater pearl necklace, Fort Worth Opera tickets and Texas Motor Speedway tickets for a NASCAR Spring Cup Series.
Empty Bowls also features SOUPS AND DESSERTS for tasting. This fare is offered by 30-plus Tarrant area high-end and casual dining restaurants, caterers and culinary schools. RESTAURANTS NEW to Empty Bowls in 2015 include, so far, American Food and Beverage (AF&B), Juice Junkies, LightCatcher Winery and Winslow’s Wine Cafe. Soup and dessert from returning favorites range from high-end Italian, Mediterranean and Cowboy cuisine to down-home barbecue, Tex-Mex and fruit pies.
The 26 NORTHEAST NONPROFITS served by Tarrant Area Food Bank and benefiting from Empty Bowls 2015 include the following: BEDFORD: First United Methodist Church/Project Help, HEB ISD/Tarrant Area Food Bank BackPacks for Kids, Trinity Baptist Church; EULESS: Communities in Schools After School Program, First United Methodist Church, HEB Family Support Services (pantry), New Life Fellowship Church; GRAPEVINE: GRACE;
HALTOM CITY: Beacon Baptist Church, Christian Center of Fort Worth, Communities in Schools After School Program, Effie Center After School Program, Birdville ISD/TAFB BackPacks for Kids, N.E.E.D. West, Haltom City Senior Center; HURST: Brown Trail School of Preaching, Communities in Schools After School Program, HEB ISD/TAFB BackPacks for Kids, Mission Central Metroplex, N.E.E.D. East;
KELLER: Christ’s Haven for Children, Communities in Schools After School Program, Community Storehouse; NORTH RICHLAND HILLS: Battered Women’s Foundation, Community Enrichment Center, The Mercy Seat Church.
WHY SUPPORT EMPTY BOWLS? Each $1 spent at Empty Bowls will help Tarrant Area Food Bank provide food for five meals to children and families in need of nutritious food. Empty Bowls Fort Worth helps TAFB and its 300 partner charities feed impoverished and low-income families and senior citizens in Tarrant and 12 other counties. Partner agencies distribute food each month as emergency groceries to 50,000 households and as more than 340,000 meals served at senior centers, after-school programs, soup kitchens and emergency shelters. Of all the individuals provided food assistance, 40 percent are children.