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3/6/2013 10:31:00 AM
Empty Bowls 2013 Artist Bowl Auction March 7 through 21
Photo submitted by Dan Oberg
Carved stone bowl by Gretchen Daiber.
Photo submitted by Dan Oberg Carved stone bowl by Gretchen Daiber.
Submitted by Elisbeth Tilstra

Submitted by Elisbeth Tilstra

With the Empty Bowls painting days finished, the next Empty Bowls activity to look forward to is the public auction of hand-painted artist bowls. From March 7 to 21, bowls designed and created by local artists will be available for bid online at the Upper Valley MEND website (uvmend.org). The auction bowls will also be on display in several shop windows in downtown Leavenworth until March 21. Participating stores include the Bag Shoppe, Bearly Purrfect, Black Bird Bistro, Der Sportsmann, Ganz Klasse!, Icicle River Clothing Company, and Inside & Out.

All artist bowls will later be displayed at the March 21 Soup Supper, so that the community may view the finished bowls as everyone gathers to celebrate and eat together.

Just as Empty Bowls utilizes the skills and talents of local potters in the creation of the bowls used for the painting days, the auction allows other Leavenworth artisans to be able to contribute to the annual event. Each bowl is a hand-painted work of art requiring hours of time that is generously donated by each artist.

Many local artists participate each year in Empty Bowls, a number of whom have maintained a theme for their bowl designs from year to year. For example, Heather Murphy presents images from her nature journaling; Patti Erikson details a bowl full of natural objects; Phil Yenney is fascinated by and enjoys illustrating moving water; Lori Aylesworth depicts iconic rural landscapes; and Dan McConnell typically caricatures a KOHO radio celebrity.

Empty Bowls also works to continually engage new artists for the creation of auction bowls. One new participant this year is Janet Millard, a wildlife biologist and budding artist under the mentorship of Heather Murphy, whose bowl presents a wildlife puzzle to solve. Additionally, sculptor Gretchen Daiber has crafted a stone bowl over the course of the year to be included in the auction. Scott Dillman of the Grünewald Guild has also contributed a bowl, of his etched sgraffito style.

While the artists' time donated is sizeable, so too is the financial impact of the auction of their bowls. The money raised by the artist bowl auction is a significant portion of the total Empty Bowls profit; last year, the auctioned bowls netted nearly $7,000. This money directly benefits the Community Cupboard and the local community members it serves through its food bank. Currently, the food bank serves approximately 240 families per month, which represents over 200 children.

A portion of the auction revenue also funds a youth art grant for the community. Last year's recipients include Lindsay Camp for a puppet theatre at the Peshastin-Dryden kindergarten; Carol Dreis for visiting artist stipends to the Discovery School; MaryLou Bailey for modeling clay and felt pens at the Upper Valley Co-op Preschool; and Cordi Bradburn and Ellen Grass for materials for the after-school art program. Applications are still being taken for this year's grant.

Follow local coverage of the auction on KOHO radio at 101.1 FM.

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