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Artists can now register for 2014 Empty Bowls Festival

Event goes back to its roots for this year’s edition

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 10:28 am

Artist registration is now open for the 2014 Airdrie Food Bank Empty Bowls Festival.
Artist registration is now open for the 2014 Airdrie Food Bank Empty Bowls Festival.
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The Airdrie Food Bank’s Empty Bowls Festival will return to Nose Creek Park on June 21 and registration is officially open for visual artists who wish to have their work displayed during the festival.

This year is the eighth installment of the Empty Bowls Festival in Airdrie.

The festival raises money and awareness for those who go hungry in Airdrie and Alberta by selling soup made by local restaurants. The festival also includes local artists showing and selling their wares, kids activities, entertainment and more.

However, the event took on a completely different look last year as a result of flooding experienced across southern Alberta.

“Last year’s festival was an anomaly and we turned the festival into an emergency relief station,” said Christina Waldner, special events coordinator with the Airdrie Food Bank.

In years previous, the festival has seen a turnout of roughly 20 artists that span from painters, to potters to wood workers.

Registration for artists is free, though they are asked to donate an original piece of artwork for the silent auction. Artists are also able to sell their art on site.

This year the staff at the food bank has partnered with SLAM (Supporting Local Area Musicians) in Airdrie and a number of SLAM musicians will be on hand during the festival to provide music throughout the day.

The plan was to partner with SLAM last year, but due to the unique circumstance caused by flooding, the plan didn’t come to fruition.

“Hopefully last year was our one in 100 year situation and things get back on track this year,” said Waldner.

Local band STORM will be performing at the festival, along with Angus Wilson, last year’s SLAM songwriting competition winner Rob Dawson, Kaitee Dal Pra, 2012 SLAM on AIR fan favourite Terry Thoreson, and Dilan Lock.

Waldner says they have already received commitments from 10 local artists to display their work on June 21, and there will also be a potter on site, giving pottery demonstrations.

“This festival is a way to bring together artists to showcase the issue of hunger,” said Waldner.

Visitors to the festival will be able to enjoy a free bowl of soup, view or purchase the art on display or bid on silent auction items.

There will also be unique hand-painted bowls available for purchase, some of which will be painted by Airdrie VIPs including Mayor Peter Brown and Wild Rose MP Blake Richards.

“We are going to have our VIPs come in and paint bowls at our Bowlicious event that is happening on May 28,” said Waldner. “The bowls will be for sale at the festival, so if you want a bowl that was hand-painted by the mayor, you can definitely get that.”

Artists who wish to register for Empty Bowls Festival can visit or contact Waldner at 403-948-0063.


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