This article was first printed in the Vail Daily News. By Zachary Johnson.
Willow Murphy makes a bowl at Colorado Mountain College for the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser. Photo: Bill Willins. Special to the Daily.
Willow Murphy makes a bowl at Colorado Mountain College for the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser. Photo: Bill Willins | Special to the Daily.
EDWARDS — The sixth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser returns to the Vail Valley on Aug. 12. Guests are encouraged to take part in a simple meal of soup, bread and dessert contributed by local restaurants in exchange for a cash donation of $20.
Those who join are provided with a bowl to take home as a reminder of all the empty bowls throughout the United States and the world. The money raised is donated to the Vail Valley Salvation Army Food Pantry in an effort toward ending hunger and food deficiency locally. According to Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States, one out of eight Americans struggle with food inadequacy every day, which the fundraiser is helping to alleviate.
In anticipation of the event, potters and other craftspeople, educators and locals have been hard at work making the handcrafted ceramic bowls that are the cornerstone of the event. A “bowl-a-thon” took place earlier this month at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. Many of the bowls that will be given away on Aug. 12 were made at the bowl-a-thon.
‘Empty Bowls’ concept
But first, some background on the Empty Bowls event. While in Taos, New Mexico, local resident Diana Mathias observed the same fundraiser, which raised a lot of money for its local food bank. Mathias loved the sense of community and felt it was a great event that needed to be brought to the Vail Valley.
“Vail needs that same support to boost and replenish the food bank,” Mathias said. “The concept started on the East Coast, but that is all it was, a concept. I called them and they just said go for it, no trademark, just that the event be called ‘Empty Bowls’ so the idea could continue to spread.”
Willow Murphy, who runs the Pottery Studio at CMC, met Diana Mathias around four years ago during a ceramics class where Mathias was creating bowls for the Empty Bowls project.
“What we do to help the fundraiser is gather a bunch of potters and helpers who then complete approximately 200 bowls in one day then subsequently glaze them,” Murphy said. “It is a collaborative effort between the CMC teachers, students and community members.”
The event is being conducted as an entirely local event with local donors and sponsors and all the proceeds remaining in the Vail Valley. Every item — the bowls, the food, the graphic design, the television, newspaper and radio ads, and the location — is donated, which means every penny goes toward the valley’s local food pantry run by the Vail Valley Salvation Army.
For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, call Tsu Wolin-Brown, of the Vail Valley Salvation Army, at 970-748-0704.
Employing techniques of book arts, printmaking, watercolor and digital media, Wharton’s creations invite viewers to stop and take a closer look – to decipher meaning from his meticulous technique.
In addition to a series of highly dimensional watercolors, the artist will display a series of 10 altar pieces. Inspired by an assignment he created to interest his students at Whitman College, the altars open like triptych tablets to reveal intricate and often surreal interior spaces.
Wharton, who holds an MFA from the esteemed Cranbrook Academy of Art, has been a visiting professor at five universities. His work has been widely exhibited in galleries across the country and published in numerous art periodicals. An affinity for the blank-canvas emptiness of the rural west brought him to Lewistown, Mont., where he now lives and works.
His current exhibit will be on display July 2-Aug. 27 at the CMC ArtShare Gallery at 802 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. An opening reception is set for Friday, July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
Art on the Rockies returns to Colorado Mountain College in Edwards
Art on the Rockies returns to CMC Edwards July 11-13, 2014. The 2014 event’s poster artist is painter Santiago Michelak.
Art on the Rockies, a three-day arts festival event that is part of the Colorado Artists Tour, returns to Colorado Mountain College in Edwards this summer from July 11-13. This year’s event will showcase 115 fine artists, including painters, jewelers, photographers, ceramicists, woodworkers, glassblowers and fiber and mixed media artists.
The Vail Valley Arts Guild fundraises for local community arts programs through this event. For complete schedule and exhibiting artist information: http://www.vailartsfest.com/.
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CMC in Carbondale and Breckenridge to host free talks
Tom Martin, author of “Big Water, Little Boats,” a history of river-running on the Colorado River from the 1940s and ’50s, will speak at two April appearances at Colorado Mountain College.
The free, 45-minute program features original photographs from various Grand Canyon river trips over several decades, including Boulder Narrows at 126,000 cubic feet per second in 1957. The presentation tells how Moulty Fulmer happened upon the McKenzie River hull design of today’s Pacific Northwest boats, and how he used that design to build his boat the Gem, Grand Canyon’s first decked dory.
Martin will also touch on the building of a full-sized replica of the Gem and taking the replica through the Grand Canyon. He will show photo rematching of original pictures from the 1940s and 1950s river trips. The program will be followed by a book signing.
Carbondale talk includes panel discussion on Colorado Water Plan
Author Tom Martin will appear at CMC locations in Carbondale (April 10) and Breckenridge (April 12) to talk about his book, “Big Water, Little Boats.” The Carbondale appearance will also feature a panel discussion about the Colorado Water Plan.
The first talk and book signing is set for Colorado Mountain College’s Lappala Center in Carbondale April 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. Martin’s talk will follow a panel discussion of the Colorado Water Plan that will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Colorado Water Plan is a comprehensive, statewide plan being created this year in response to Gov. Hickenlooper’s executive order to figure out how to allocate, over the decades to come, our state’s rapidly dwindling water resources.
A diverse panel of water experts and enthusiasts – including CMC sustainability studies instructors Sandy Jackson and Ken Neubecker, CMC sustainability studies student Jeremy Isenhart and author Martin – will discuss the plan from a variety of perspectives, including agriculture, river ecology, recreation and land use.
After hearing from each panelist, the audience will be invited to provide input that will be gathered by panel moderator Louis Meyer (president, CEO and civil engineer at SGM) and integrated into the portion of the plan focused on the Colorado River Basin.
Following the panel discussion Martin will present on his book, “Big Water, Little Boats,” and will sign copies of his fascinating look at this mighty river. CMC in Carbondale is located at 690 Colorado Ave.
Breckenridge, Carbondale events arranged by CMC faculty, staff
CMC adjunct faculty member Matt Lit organized these events with Martin after seeing a Facebook post about the author’s presentation. CMC instructional chair Adrian Fielder organized the panel discussion for the Carbondale talk.
Martin’s second talk will take place on April 12, at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Martin’s presentation will be followed by a book signing. CMC in Breckenridge is located at 107 Denison Placer Rd.
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A screenshot from filmmaker Jeffrey Wium’s film website shows off the beautiful imagery in his film “Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino.” The film screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, as part of the CMC Speaker Series.
Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge will screen filmmaker Jeffery Wium’s “Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 as part of the college’s Speaker Series.
Filmed on location in the Peruvian highlands, Wium’s documentary journeys into the heart of the Andean Paqos culture, which places a premium on living in harmony with the natural world. Wium will facilitate a question-and-answer session after the screening.
Tickets are $10; students can attend for free. Contact Heidi Kunzek at 453-6757 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.paqoandino.com for more information.
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