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FGCU Eighth Annual Holiday Pottery Sale, Empty Bowls Soup Lunch and Senior Project Exhibition Nov. 30

FORT MYERS, FL - A triple-header of art is offered at the Arts Complex at Florida Gulf Coast University. Beginning at noon and on going until 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, the courtyard of the Arts Complex opens to pottery and art enthusiasts, holiday gift buyers, and community supporters. The courtyard will be decked out in holiday finest, music will fill the air and Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to hear wishes.

The event begins with the Eighth Annual Holiday Pottery Sale coordinated with the United Arts Council of Collier County (UAC). For seven years, the FGCU Art Program has partnered with the UAC to produce an annual Holiday Pottery Sale at FGCU.

Featuring potters from the Southwest Florida region as well as FGCU faculty, staff and students, the holiday pottery sale provides visitors with an opportunity to purchase handmade pottery while also benefiting the UAC's art education programs in Immokalee. A portion of the proceeds from every sale will go towards the purchase of art supplies and equipment, and contribute to funding for teachers in after-school programs.

This year's sale features pottery by Rinny Ryan, Barbara Haring, Annabelle Johnson, Angela Aradia, alumni student Haley Paula, faculty member Patricia Fay, plus the work of current students in ceramics and sculpture.

This year an additional event will be held during the holiday pottery sale. "Empty Bowls" is an extraordinary national phenomenon that unites potters, students, restaurants, and food banks to address the needs of the hungry in our local communities. The formula for fundraising is simple -potters and students make bowls, area restaurants donate soup and bread, and hunger assistance organizations provide education.

For a $15 donation, visitors to the event can pick out the bowl they like best and fill it with the soup of their choice. After enjoying a "soup kitchen" style meal, the bowl is washed and taken home for use with the knowledge of having assisted needy members of the immediate communities. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be given to Interfaith Caregivers in Estero.

The culminating event of the day will be the opening reception for the Senior Project Exhibition. At the end of their studies, each art major must complete a senior project in which he or she successfully plans, creates, and executes a body of work that is conceptually strong and technically proficient. The completed projects are presented in a campus exhibition open to the University community and general public.

This semester, art major Harmony Rio offers a video installation titled "Harmony in Red," which examines the relationship between the consumption of landscape and the objectification of the reclining Venus. Her work will be on view in the Printmaking Studio Gallery at FGCU. Paul Sapito exhibits his collection of work titled "Sovereignty," a digital and watercolor illustration series featuring characters and creatures designed for a fantasy role-playing game.

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For information about the Senior Project Exhibition, please contact Anica Sturdivant at (239) 590-7199.

For further information on the pottery sale or the "Empty Bowls" project, please contact ceramics professor Patricia J. Fay at (239) 590-7229.

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