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Port Chester's Clay Art Center Celebrates Its Empty Bowls In Rye

Clay Art Center is holding its 15th annual Empty Bowls program.
Clay Art Center is holding its 15th annual Empty Bowls program. Photo Credit: Pinterest User Laura Madeline

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Clay Art Center celebrates its 15th year of Empty Bowls, an international grassroots movement to raise awareness of hunger and food insecurity, on Sunday, Jan. 25.

The event will be held at 11 a.m., Rye Presbyterian Church is 882 Boston Post Road, Rye.

More than 100 volunteers started the New Year with a generous spirit, creating handmade clay bowls for Clay Art Center’s fundraiser. The bowls which are glazed and fired by Clay Art Center artists will be sold at the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser at Rye Presbyterians Church.

By purchasing a bowl, attendees also will receive a meal of delicious bread and soup donated by Kneaded Bread and Cornerstone Catering. All proceeds from the sale are contributed to the interfaith soup kitchens of Port Chester. To date Clay Art Center has raised $68,000 to help fight hunger in the Port Chester community.

“By inviting people to create ceramic bowls we are also raising awareness about issues of food insecurity right here in our home community," said Clay Art Center executive director Leigh Taylor Mickelson. "Empty Bowls is a great example of how social issues inform the arts and how arts can, in turn, help to positively shape a community.”

Clay Art Center is a not-for-profit ceramic art organization offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community.

It is in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech St. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment

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