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Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

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FGCU Hosts Annual Pottery Sale and Empty Bowls Soup Lunch Dec. 6

FORT MYERS, Fla. - On Friday, Dec. 6, the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) 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 takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the soup lunch from 11:30 a.m. until the soup and bowls run out.

Thirteenth Annual Pottery Sale

For 13 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. 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, Patricia Fay, Sara Truman, and current and former FGCU Art Program students.

Seventh 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 local restaurant partners: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point (Beef and Barley), Ted's Montana Grill (Bison Chili), Carrabba's (Lentil Sausage), PF Chang's (Egg Drop and Hot & Sour), Waterside Grill (Chicken Noodle), and Connors Steak and Seafood (Crab and Lobster Bisque). In addition, the FGCU Science of Cooking class will be contributing an amazing Vegan Soup developed as a class project. And once again, delicious ciabatta bread will be donated by The Artisan Bread Company.

For further information, contact Sara Truman at (239) 745-4229 or

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