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FGCU Hosts Annual Pottery Sale and Empty Bowls Soup Lunch, Nov. 30

FORT MYERS, Fla. - On Friday, Nov. 30, 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 5 p.m., and the soup lunch from 11:30 am until the soup and bowls run out.

12th Annual Pottery Sale
For 12 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 Annabelle Johnson, Rinny Ryan, Angela Aradia, Barb Darling, Diane Roberts, David Hammel, Patricia Fay, Ron Kowalyck, alumni student Alysa Baer and current FGCU Art Program students.

Sixth 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 Charities of South Lee in Estero for their community food pantry.

A wide range of soups for this event are provided by our local restaurant partners: Hemingway Island Grill (Butternut Squash), Hyatt Regency Coconut Point (Beef and Barley), Ted's Montana Grill (Bison Chili), Naples Flatbread (Chicken Vegetable), Miller's Ale House (Black Bean), Carrabba's (Lentil Sausage), Outback Steakhouse (Creamy Potato), and PF Chang's (Egg Drop and Hot & Sour). In addition, private chef Art Nicoletti will be making Zuppe di Napoli, and the FGCU Science of Cooking class will be contributing an amazing vegan soup developed as a class project. Once again, ciabatta bread will be donated by The Artisan Bread Company.

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

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