Art in Bowls Boosts Attleboro Food Insecurity Fundraising Success | Coronavirus
More than 400 handcrafted pottery bowls by local artists graced tables at the third annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser at the Newell Hideaway in Attleboro’s Capron Park, held on Saturday to raise awareness of the current issue of insecurity food in the area.
This year’s event also included a separate table displaying two dozen pet pottery bowls to benefit families in need who may find it difficult to support their cats and dogs.
While working with the Food ‘N Friends and Attleboro / Norton YMCA pantries, Sarah Mott, co-founder of Empty Bowls, learned that many of these food insecure families have pets around. take charge and that they also needed to eat.
Thus, the idea of pet food bowls emerged.
In addition, two other pantries were added to the list of beneficiaries: the Hebron pantry and the Murray Universal Unitarian pantry.
The artistic work of the bowls, ranging from simple designs to more intricate designs, “just keeps getting better, from a potter’s perspective,” said Mott, herself a potter artist.
And while last year’s event required the bowls to be placed in “loot bags,” meaning a bowl in a sealed bag due to COVID-19 pandemic regulations, this time the beautiful work of art was once again on display.
“Last year was a challenge, but we had virtually no complaints,” Mott added of the previous year’s fundraiser which raised $ 100,000.
With the open space of the Newell Shelter, there was ample room for patrons and guests to peruse the vast collection of bowls on three long tables.
The event had barely opened at 11 a.m. when guests were already starting to arrive. Tickets were $ 25 apiece.
Darcy O’Brien, who has family in the Attleboro area, came over from Boston for fundraising and walked away with three balls.
“It’s a really fantastic program, and you get a piece of local art, which is wonderful,” said O’Brien.
At the table with the pet food bowls, Attleboro’s Missy Riley tried to guess which one was made by local artist Tina Beecher as Beecher watched her over Riley’s shoulder.
Riley later discovered Beecher’s work: a gray mouse almost completely encircled by its tail. The inside of the bowl, where the mouse was painted, was orange and the outside was pink with black dots on the rim of the bowl.
“It’s an incredible amount of work that these people have done,” Riley said of the Craftsmen. “The number of people who care is inspiring and very heartwarming. “
Even with concern over donor fatigue in the COVID-19 era, Mott observed that community support for the Empty Bowls cause remained strong.
“I think through Empty Bowls we are able to raise awareness that there is a real need to address food insecurity in Attleboro,” Mott said.
And the relatively low cost of tickets still had an impact.
“I’m really excited that for $ 25 people can come in and know they’ve made a significant impact,” Mott said. “You need this grassroots support. “
Four choices of Morin’s Diner soup were offered to patrons, along with a raffle with additional artwork and more elaborate pottery bowls from local artists.
Tickets were sold out and there were only a few bowls left at the end of the event.