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Empty Bowls

Students, local artists, and professors come together to make bowls for the Wichita Falls Food Bank Empty Bowls event.

The issue of hunger in Texoma is being addressed in an artistic way to draw attention through a unique event.

That's why MSU students, professors and local artists were busy at the university today making bowls for the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank's Empty Bowls event.

It's is a grass root event designed to create awareness and funds for the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank and to remind folks that not everyone has a full bowl.

An MSU student sits at the potter's wheel hard at work.

Making not just any kind of dish, but one that will be part of the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank's Empty Bowls event.

"It is a grass roots effort that has gone on across the country, and in fact internationally, for about twenty years but this is the inaugural event in Wichita Falls," said Leslie Schaffner, the Empty Bowls Co-Chair.

Since April, students, local artists, and professors at MSU have come together to make hundreds of these bowls.

"A lot of people think hunger is somewhere else, but hunger is all around us," she said.

Schaffner says within the 12 service areas of the Wichita Falls Food Bank one out of six people don't know if their bowls will ever be full.

"Do you guys here it tinking? Tink, tink, tink? It's really too soon to be opening the kiln," said Steve Hilton, an assistant Professor of Art at MSU.

But for empty bowls volunteers, who are packaging the bowls, getting them ready for the event it's not soon enough.

"It's like opening a Christmas present every time we take a bowl off the shelf because everyone is unique and different and every one is made with love," Schaffner said.

They're hopeful that many people will show a lot of love --- by supporting this year's event.

Empty bowls will be held on Tuesday, October 16th from 11 to 1:30 in the afternoon.

It will be at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU.

Tickets are just $35 and can be purchased online, at the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, or United Market Street.

Fore more information go to  http://emptybowlswf.org

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