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FGCU Hosts Annual Pottery Sale and Empty Bowls Soup Lunch, Dec. 4

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Art Program hosts the annual Pottery Sale and Empty Bowls Soup Lunch events for pottery enthusiasts, holiday gift buyers, and community supporters, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at the Arts Complex courtyard on campus.

Ninth Annual Pottery Sale
For nine years the FGCU Art Program has partnered with the United Arts Council of Collier County (UAC) to produce an annual pottery sale, featuring potters from across the Southwest Florida region. The Pottery Sale event provides visitors with an opportunity to purchase beautiful, functional, handmade pottery while also benefiting the UAC's art education programs in Immokalee. A portion of the proceeds from every sale will go toward the purchase of art supplies and equipment, and contribute to funding for teachers in after-school programs. This year's sale will feature pottery by Angela Aradia, David Hammel, Barbara Haring, Annabelle Johnson, Rinny Ryan, FGCU alumna Julie Hendrickson, FGCU students from the Sculpture Workshop class, and FGCU faculty member Patricia Fay.

Third Annual Empty Bowls Soup Lunch
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 and sincere - 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 will 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 partner organization Interfaith Caregivers of South Lee, Inc. in Estero.

Soups donated by Brio in Naples, Hyatt Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Outback at Gulf Coast Town Center, Johnny Malloy's in Fort Myers, Ted's Montana Grill in Estero, the FGCU Science of Cooking class and more to come. Bread donated by The Artisan Bread Company in Fort Myers. Bottled water donated by Costco at Gulf Coast Town Center.

Directions to the Florida Gulf Coast University Arts Complex:
From the north (via I-75)
Take I-75 South to Exit 128, Alico Rd. Go east (left) on Alico Rd. for half a mile. Go south (right) on Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy for two miles. Turn left at the stoplight at the main FGCU entrance. Follow signs for the "Pottery Sale/Arts Complex".
From the south (via I-75)
Take I-75 North to Exit 123, Corkscrew Road. Go east (right) on Corkscrew Road for half a mile. Turn north (left) on Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy; go three miles to FGCU entrance. Turn right at the stoplight. Follow signs for the "Pottery Sale/Arts Complex".

For further information, contact Patricia Fay at (239) 590-7229 or

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