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Transylvania holiday events raise money for community

The Empty Bowls ProjectLEXINGTON, Ky.—The art program at Transylvania University invites the community to help feed the hungry by doing some early Christmas shopping for beautiful handmade ceramic bowls at the Morlan Gallery Dec. 3–5, noon-5 p.m.

Transylvania and Morehead State University ceramic students and their professors Dan Selter (Transylvania) and Kira Munson Campbell and Steven Tirone (Morehead) have thrown and donated several hundred beautiful ceramic soup bowls available in the Morlan Gallery for $10 each.

Started 16 years ago, the Empty Bowls Project is an opportunity for local artists to donate handmade ceramic bowls that are made available for purchase, with the proceeds benefiting community agencies that feed the hungry. 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.

“Local artists can still donate bowls for sale as part of the Empty Bowls Project,” said Morlan Gallery director Andrea Fisher. “Functional or nonfunctional artists’ bowls of any media: wood, glass, fiber or paper mâché would be wonderful additions to this worthy event.”

Included with every bowl purchase is a ticket to a vegetarian bean soup supper in the Rafskeller in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Soup supper tickets are available for $5 each without a bowl purchase. All proceeds from the bowl sale and the soup supper will go to Community Action, a Lexington agency that provides living essentials for local residents.

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.

For more information about how to donate or purchase a bowl or attend the soup supper, contact gallery director Andrea Fisher at (859) 233-8142. For information on “A Christmas Carol,” contact the public relations office at (859) 233-8120.

The Empty Bowls Project in the Morlan Gallery.

The Empty Bowls Project

11/18/2008

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