Hudgens Center hosts benefit cup, bowl sale

DULUTH -- Purchase a bowl or a mug and it will come filled with food or drink.

The Hudgens Center for the Arts invites Gwinnett residents to leave its upcoming Soup Bowl Benefit with a full stomach while taking home a handmade piece of pottery created and donated by the center's staff and students.

"Our clay department is a very strong component of our education programming and when we were looking for a creative, engaging fundraiser, we thought the Soup Bowl was ideal," said Teresa Osborn, executive director of The Hudgens Center. "It seemed a perfect way to not only raise much needed money is this difficult economic climate, but to provide an opportunity for people to buy affordable handmade art and enjoy food, beverages and entertainment all at one time."

More than 300 handmade bowls and mugs will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting The Hudgens' education department.

"There is such a huge variety of beautiful bowls and mugs in pretty much every shade of the rainbow with decorations of every type and technique," said Kelly Haggard Olsen, marketing director for The Hudgens. "It's just an incredible, lovely, wonderful selection. I think everybody who comes will be able to find something to their tastes."

For those who want first choice of items, an early bird sale will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. during which time all pieces will be priced at $30. Items can be purchased from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. for $25.

Bowls will be filled with soups and chili served up by several local businesses, including Bokay Catering and Flowers Inc., Carol Parks Catering Inc., Chef David Catering, Classic Caterers, Magnolia Bakery Cafe, Rico's World Kitchen and Taste Sensation.

The event will also feature live musical entertainment by cellists Jake Hood and Kim Vinson, the Harmony Express Quartet, the Gwinnett Young Singers, GreySkiesBlue, pianist Jordan Sommers and a Korean orchestra.

A silent auction of donated artwork will be held in conjunction with the Soup Bowl Benefit. Bidding will open at 12:30 and close at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the Soup Bowl Benefit, call 770-623-6002 or visit www.thehudgens.org.