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FGCU Hosts Annual Pottery Sale and Empty Bowls Soup Lunch, Dec. 3

FORT MYERS, FL - On Friday, Dec. 3, the 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 at the Arts Complex courtyard on campus. The sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the soup lunch from 11:30 a.m. until the soup and bowls run out.

Tenth Annual Pottery Sale

For 10 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 David Hammel, Barbara Haring, Annabelle Johnson, Rinny Ryan, Chas Bean, Mo Anderson, Sandy Lawson, FGCU student Erica Klopf, and FGCU faculty member Patricia Fay.

Fourth 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 community. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be given to partner organization Interfaith Caregivers of South Lee, Inc. in Estero.

A wide range of soups for this event are provided by our local restaurant partners: Hemingway Island Grill, Hyatt Place Coconut Point, Olympia Grill and Sports Lounge, Naples Flatbread, Waterside Seafood and Grill, La Bamba, and Tedís Montana Grill. In addition, the FGCU Science of Cooking class will be contributing an amazing vegetarian soup developed as a class project. The bread will be donated by The Artisan Bread Company.

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

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