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LSC student artists to host Throw-a-Thon

Students with Lake Superior College’s Art Club and area artists will use their creativity to fight hunger throughout the region during an upcoming Throw-a-thon on Nov. 30-Dec.1.

The 19th annual Lake Superior College Throw-a-thon will take place from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

Held in the ceramics studio in LSC’s Fine Arts building, the event attracts dozens of students and some of the region’s most accomplished artists to throw ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowl.

This activity will support Duluth’s Empty Bowl project, an annual event held every spring to raise money for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.

“We encourage everyone to come in and lend a hand. You don’t have to be experienced in clay to help because there’s plenty to do,” said Isi Grauer, president of the LSC Student Art Club. “We always have a good time and meet interesting people. It’s a great opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community.”

College officials estimate that the LSC Throw-a-thon has produced more than $156,500 worth of bowls for the Empty Bowl over the last 18 years.

“Last year, we made 200 bowls. This year, we are setting a goal to make at least 250 bowls,” said Cody Olander, LSC art faculty member and club adviser. “The LSC Art Club supplies the tools, materials, and studio space and invites area potters, students, faculty, and anyone willing to help to bring their skills, dedication, and creativity.”

The completed works of art will be available at the Duluth Depot this coming spring, starting with the Sea of Bowls preview on Monday, April 16, 5 pm, an auction event featuring regional artist bowls, and the Empty Bowl main event on Tuesday, April 17, 10 am–6:30 pm. The bowls will be offered for sale along with a variety of delicious soups and breads donated by area restaurants.

Area artists and community members are encouraged to visit LSC and participate in the Throw-a-thon. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Cody Olander at cody.olander@lsc.edu.

Proceeds from the Empty Bowl event support the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, the sole distributor of surplus food products to over 140 charitable food programs, including the region’s soup kitchens, food shelves and shelters. As a non-profit food bank, its primary role is to provide food to the front-line charitable agencies that offer meals to the hungry. The food bank also provides food to over 1,000 people per month as part of their direct service programming.