Clay Art Center Fights Hunger in Westchester County During Empty Bowls on Jan. 28

 Empty Bowls Sunday, January 28 from 11:00 – 12:30 pm at Rye Presbyterian Church (882 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY)

Clay Art Center is raising awareness about food insecurity and hunger in Westchester during our bi-annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. For the past 18 years Clay Art Center has mobilized hundreds of community members and artists to create thousands of handmade ceramic bowls in partnership with the Rye Presbyterian Church. Join us at the Empty Bowls fundraiser held at Rye Presbyterian Church on January 28th, at 11am to purchase beautifully crafted bowls made by more than 50 Clay Art Center artists. Take home a unique bowl and enjoy warm and comforting soup & bread donated by Cornerstone Catering and Kneaded Bread, free with your purchase of a bowl. Together, with Rye Presbyterian Church and a host of volunteers, we have raised over $75,000 in the fight to end hunger in Westchester County.

Clay Art Center Executive Director Leigh Taylor Mickelson shares, “Empty bowls is our annual opportunity to give back to the Port Chester community in a very tangible way. As makers, we create objects for people to take home and use every day as they feed their families and warm their hearts. We hope the community joins us in giving thanks for what we have by fighting hunger which has so many Westchester families in its grip. Make a bowl, share some food and give back.”

As part of Clay Art Center’s partnership with Rye Presbyterian Church for this community service, Clay Art Center provides the church’s youth group with two free workshops, where the children have the opportunity to make bowls that will be offered up for sale at the fundraiser. You can find these alongside the handmade bowls by CAC's artists. The youth group also helps run the event by creating the signs, helping to set up, and collecting the money for the bowl sales.

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. For more information please visit www.emptybowls.net.

Clay Art Center was founded in 1957 by Katherine Choy and Henry Okamoto. Unknown to them at the time, Clay Art Center would grow into an 11,000 square foot non-profit art center that delivers programming for professional artists, students, collectors, and the Westchester & Fairfield Counties community at large.

The 2018 gallery year will host 4 Degrees of Separation, a series of four exhibitions featuring artists whose works examine the intricacies of maneuvering life, lifestyles and living within a global society with its political and social ramifications. The exhibits will focus on relationships from different vantage points on the intricacies of individualism, racial biases, national identity or environment and how all of it is communicated and understood. Clay Art Center is committed to exhibiting emerging, mid-career, and established artists, as it seeks to become a platform for the field to express potent ideas and relevant topics of our time.



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