Local artists are contributing their special talents in the form of bowls for a Tarrant Area Food Bank fundraiser.The 12th annual “Empty Bowls Fort Worth — An Artful Taste to End Hunger,” is sponsored by the food bank and Tom Thumb and will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The event will feature more than 2,500 ceramic, wood, china, glass and fabric bowls created by north Texas artists available for each guest.Guests can sample soups and desserts at the event from several area restaurants, with ticket sales all benefiting the food bank and its partner hunger relief charities in Denton and 12 other counties, according to the press release.A live auction will also feature “Celebrity Bowls” painted for and signed by movie, music and sports stars, including Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood, Jeff Gordon and more. Silent auction and raffle prizes will include TCU football season tickets, two airline tickets, an iPad Mini and more.Each dollar spent will help Tarrant Area Food Bank provide food for five meals to children and families in the greater Fort Worth region, food bank communications director Andrea Helms said.Local artists include Roanoke ceramic artist Kash Mistry, Southlake wood turner Ken Burghart and Hurst pottery studio Pepe Le Potter.Mistry was one of the first artists to get involved with the event 12 years ago, and said she continues to create bowls for the event because of the community involvement and purpose. She created 20 bowls for this year’s event, including a large salad bowl which serves 15 people, and makes a platter fashioned into a fish sold every year in the gallery.“It’s a great, great feeling to know people paid money for this event and enjoy what they take home,” she said. “They get to eat and yet it also allows the food bank to provide meals to hundreds and thousands of people. I try to get my neighborhood and friends involved in any way they can.”Burghart has been involved with the event for 10 years thanks to support from a friend and local artist at the food bank. He said each wood bowl typically takes about two hours to create, and that he made 35 pieces made of natural products from different varieties of wood.Those interested in attending must buy tickets in advance at www.tafb.org or call 817-332-99177 ext. 137.
Taylor Prater, 817-390-7964 Twitter: @taylornprater