LEXINGTON, Ky.—Evidence of the country’s economic downturn could not be found at Transylvania University’s Morlan Gallery Wednesday, as the 2008 Empty Bowls Project opened its doors to a crowd that snapped up 500 bowls in 50 minutes. By 4 p.m., all bowls were sold out and the project had raised $6,638 for local charity Community Action, a record amount. Over the last eight years, the Morlan Gallery bowl sales have raised nearly $24,000 for local agencies such as Moveable Feast, the YMCA Spousal Abuse Center and the Hope Center.
“There was no doubt in my mind that we would sell all of our bowls, I just didn’t expect to sell almost all of them in the first hour,” said gallery director Andrea Fisher.
Created by Transylvania and Morehead State University ceramic students and their professors Dan Selter (Transylvania) and Kira Munson Campbell and Steven Tirone (Morehead), the ceramic bowls were sold for $10 each, with proceeds going to Community Action, a Lexington agency that provides living essentials for local residents. Some larger bowls and strictly decorative pieces, donated by local artists, sold for more than $10 each.
A soup supper scheduled for Wednesday, December 3 at 6 p.m. in the Rafskeller will raise still more money for Community Action. Soup supper tickets are available for $5 each at the door.
The soup supper coincides with Transylvania drama professor Tim Soulis’s annual solo performance of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.” Soulis will deliver the holiday classic in Carrick Theater at 7:30 p.m. The tale of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet-to-Come and old Scrooge himself comes to life in this Transylvania tradition. Donations are accepted at the door to benefit the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center.