Girl Scouts pour out creativity for upcoming Empty Bowl eventTo be held at the Depot in early April, Empty Bowl raises funds to alleviate hunger and at the same time seeks to promote art appreciation in the Northland. Proceeds go to the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.
By: Thomas Vaughn, for the Budgeteer
Members of Girl Scout Troop 4492 may never look at a bowl of soup the same way again.
Last week, they met at the Duluth Art Institute’s Lincoln Building on West Second Street, a former neighborhood library branch that now offers studios and workshops for ceramics and other arts classes. In one studio, troop members sat down and began painting clay pottery for donation to the 19th annual Empty Bowl event.
To be held at the Depot in early April, Empty Bowl raises funds to alleviate hunger and at the same time seeks to promote art appreciation in the Northland. Proceeds go to the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.
Parents circulated the room as Shannon Cousino, the DAI’s education director, guided their daughters through the process of pouring and mixing paint for application on bowls made of low-fire red clay.
“We’re a strong partner with Second Harvest to make bowls for the event. The thought was kind of tied into the idea of a soup kitchen and hunger,” said Cousino, who works with many community groups that wish to volunteer their time painting bowls for Empty Bowl.
Nicole Nyberg, a troop leader, says the girls have fun working with Cousino, developing their talents and contributing to a local project at the same time.
“They love to create. Shannon embeds that into the day’s activities and helps grow that,” said Nyberg.
Several parents came with the troop to help out.
“I like seeing the girls work together for a good cause. You see the creativity coming out of them. It’s interesting seeing how some will attack a project with bland colors and others will go crazy and all over the place. It’s for a good cause, the girls know that and they love it,” said Michael Dembroski, whose daughter Alexa sat nearby painting a bowl.
Kristin Revering, another troop leader, watched her daughter Bailey and the other girls work together at the long tables arranged for painting.
“They learn that even though it’s a small thing to paint a bowl, it’s a big thing to the community, and I enjoy teaching the kids about helping out the community.”
The bowls sell for $15 each at the Empty Bowl event. They might be made from material such as felt, wood, glass or the clay used by the Girl Scout troop. Bowls are then filled with food by local businesses who donate their products. Last year, community groups and individuals contributed more than 2,500 bowls.
Troop 4492 comes from Cathedral Elementary School in Superior and has been helping with Twin Ports area projects for the past three years.
“I enjoy seeing the kids happy and excited to do an activity. They love to get out and participate in different activities and this is a great one to do,” said Revering.
This year, Empty Bowl takes place from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at the Depot. Admission is $20 until 4 p.m. After 4 p.m., admission is $15. Community and school chorale groups along with other musicians volunteer their time during the event as well.