Students craft for Empty Bowls Night

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In the spirit of helping others, students in the art classes in the RE-2 School District combine craftsmanship and philanthropy while maintaining tradition. “Our students have been making bowls since the first day of school,” said Stacia (Ray) Adamson, who teaches art at the Woodland Park High School.

A fundraiser for the Community Cupboard, Empty Bowls Night features a gallery of artistry, of bowls crafted of clay, papier mache, gourd and handmade paper.

“They're beautiful,” Adamson said.

The bowls are the catalyst for uniting the community in a social gathering for the larger purpose of helping others.

For $10 a bowl, participants have a collector's item as well as a memento of an event that showcases the culinary talent in the area.

“The Swiss Chalet is just awesome to us; they always organize all the local restaurants to donate soup,” Adamson said, referring to the Chalet's Neil and Paula Levy.

As an accompaniment to the soup, the bread and utensils are also donated to the fundraiser by City Market, Subway, Wendy's and Safeway. “It's huge, it's community,” Adamson said. “All the money goes to the Cupboard for families to get turkeys and other foods for Thanksgiving.”

With a silent auction and a slice of pie at $1 apiece, the fundraiser is a time for reflection and a time to give thanks.

Empty Bowls Night is from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.