On Friday December 1, the Bower School of Music & the Arts 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 the Florida Gulf Coast University campus. The Pottery Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Empty Bowls Soup Lunch from 11:30 a.m. until the soup and bowls run out. For further information, contact Tricia Fay at (239) 590-7229 or pfay@fgcu.edu.




17th Annual Pottery Sale

For seventeen years, the FGCU Art Program has partnered with the United Arts Council of Collier County (UAC) to produce an annual pottery sale featuring ceramic artists 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 art programs. This year’s sale will feature pottery by Rinny Ryan, Patricia Fay, Martha Grattan, Mary Etta Rokusek, David Hammel and Alex Chung, as well as FGCU Art Program alumni Jordan Blankenship, Felipe Maldonado, Dawn Ingram and Megan Christner. Come at 10 a.m. for coffee, provided by Starbucks at Gulf Coast Town Center, with the potters!


11th 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 and outreach. For a $15 donation, visitors to the event will pick out the bowl they like best and fill it with one or more soups of their choice. After enjoying a “soup kitchen” style meal, the bowl is washed and taken home with the knowledge of having assisted neighbors in need. One hundred percent of the donations will be given to partner organization Interfaith Charities of South Lee in Estero for their community food pantry. The wide range of delicious soups for this event will be provided by our local restaurant partners, and the FGCU Science of Cooking class will once again be contributing an amazing vegan soup developed as a class project. Please join us on Friday December 1!


The Arts Complex is on FGCU’s main campus at 10501 FGCU Blvd. S. Parking is available in Lot 7 for event visitors.   

ATTACHED IMAGE:  Courtesy of James Greco