Making bowls for a greater good. That’s what Hyrum Benson, the Assistant Professor of Art at UMPI and his Ceramics Two class are doing to help fight hunger here in Aroostook County. Benson said he always wanted to be a part of this effort, and he is thankful for all the support.
“I’m really happy with my students and their support. Without them I couldn’t do this event. We’re all working as colleagues on this, and other people in the community as well have been helping out. So I’m very thankful and proud for their support.”
One hundred bowls have been made for Empty Bowls, and will be sold this Friday at the Presque Isle Recreation Center. Local restaurants have donated soup, so when you purchase a bowl for ten dollars you get soup as well.
It’s a great way to get a unique handmade bowl. It’s a great way to support the arts and the food pantry Martha and Mary’s Soup Kitchen. All the money, all the proceeds, everything is being donated.
All proceeds are going to Martha and Mary’s Soup Kitchen. The artists and restaurants have donated everything to the effort. Benson hopes that this event will show that art can have a positive impact on a local scale. And according to the grassroots effort, keeping an empty bowl acts as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.