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Saturday at SPARC:) Empty Bowls Project

22 Jan

“When given a special gift, you are obliged to share it with others.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


McKinney has the most amazing and talented artist and residents. The coordinators and volunteers of the annual Empty Bowls charity event are busy all year long, preparing for the upcoming May 12th event.

Local artists were asked to creatively glaze large bowls that were thrown by local talented potters. It’s a cooperative of amazing artists who team up to make and donate beautiful Bowls that will be auctioned on May 12th.

Minda Macias, who is coordinating the artists, gave me a call, asking if I’d like to participate. I’ve been involved since the beginning of the Empty Bowls in McKinney. Of course, I’d be hurt if I wasn’t included.

I picked up my bowl and glazes at SPARC, which stands for St. Peter’s Artist Run Community. Minda and her daughter Alex were hard at work, throwing bowls and setting up artists with glazes and bowls that they were picking up for decorating.

Alex is such a talented young lady. I am the proud owner of many of her beautiful pieces.
I glazed my bowl with several coats of my signature roses, inside and out. When it gets fired, it will be more vibrant in color.
About 45 minutes later…. Voila! Done and ready for firing.

A few of the bowls waiting for firing submitted by local artists.

My friend Lynne Weinberger did this one. Cool!
Here’s one of my donations from last year. I need to get working on another glass bowl with yellow roses. My favorite.

A fun Saturday. Now, I need to get out for a walk before the sun goes down. Adios!

Wednesday:) What’s Happening in McKinney?

24 Jan

“Caring can be learned by all human beings, can be worked into the design of every life, meeting an individual need as well as a pervasive need of society.”

~Mary Catherine Bateson


Last evening, a wonderful group of talented artists met at The HUB, at First United Methodist Church of McKinney. Our objective was to create beautiful underglaze paintings on the already fired bisque-ware bowls thrown and fired by local potters for the upcoming Empty Bowls Event in May.

For those of you not familiar with the Empty Bowls charity event, local potters, artists, painters, students, instructors, and other creative souls decorate, paint, glaze or create unique bowls to be auctioned or chosen with an entry fee ticket. The concept is, these lovingly created bowls will remind us of all the many Empty Bowls of the less fortunate and hungry people in our own community.

When you purchase a ticket, (I believe they are $25) it entitles you to chose one of the hundreds of bowls on display. Then, there are fine artisan bowls in the silent auction, and extra bowls that can be purchased. Also, local restaurants, bakeries, and eateries provide samples of their soups and desserts while you browse and visit with friends and neighbors. You get a beautiful bowl, a wonderful meal, and the knowledge that you helped to feed some hungry folks. A win-win.

Last year, over $75,000 was raised to help provide meals for families in Collin County.

Here are just a few bowls that I chose over the years at Empty Bowls. I’ve gone every year since it started. Some were made by middle and high school students, and others by local artists.

When I walked into the HUB last night, it was like The Who’s Who of the McKinney art world. Of course, most of them are already dear friends from the Art Club, or long-time artist friends.

Everyone was hard at work, creating a masterpiece that will grace the auction tables in May.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to paint when I arrived, so I went to my signature bluebonnets and roses. Keep in mind, these under glazes will be brighter and shiny once they are fired in the kiln. Another huge task that the volunteers undertake.

Our good friends Steve and Minda Macias, Jamie St.Clair, Jennifer Burke, Wayne Batchelder and others, organized and set up this 2-D artist event, and have been busy all year organizing other creative events for Empty Bowls.

You can Google or check out Facebook Empty Bowls McKinney for more info.

Minda commented on Facebook that I was an over achiever because I finished two bowls while others were still struggling to finish their first one. I laughed because I can do these with my eyes closed…and I have demonstrated that on occasion.

I still haven’t painted my artist donation bowl yet, but I’ll keep you posted when I do. It’s all for a great charity and for a great community. We have the greatest, kindest, most generous and talented people you’ll ever come across in your lifetime. I LOVE MCKINNEY!!!