Rosemary Kowalski definitely left her mark on San Antonio, and now she can boast that her own artistic style is a highlight of the upcoming 11th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit SAMMinistries.
For the first time, local celebrities are lending their creativity to the highly popular annual event which is set from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6th at the Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta. Empty Bowls is sponsored by the San Antonio Potters Guild and Southwest School of Art, and presented by AT&T.
Every year generous and highly talented members of the San Antonio Potters Guild donate their time, supplies and creativity to make more than 2,000 bowls which are sold during the annual event. In varying shapes and sizes in bold and dazzling colors, this sea of bowls is displayed on the School’s tranquil grounds and on the banks of the San Antonio River.
Fifteen San Antonio celebrities are lending a hand by glazing (hand painting) and personally signing a one-of-a-kind bowl made by a Potters Guild member. Once the bowls have been fired, they will be placed in a special silent auction at the Empty Bowls event and awarded to the highest bidder. The celebrity auction runs from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Chairman Emeritus of the RK Group, Kowalski says, “I find a sense of tranquility and a free-spirited imagination with a brush in hand.”
Other celebrities joining Kowalski include State Representative Mike Villarreal, Mayor Julián Castro, Councilwoman Mary Alice P. Cisneros, District Attorney Susan Reed, newspaper columnist Heloise, “SA Living” host Shelly Miles, “Great Day SA” host Bridget Smith, KSAT-TV news anchor Ursula Pari, WOAI-TV news anchor Delaine Mathieu, KABB-TV news anchor Michael Valdes, KENS-TV news anchor Deborah Knapp, wine and food enthusiast Tanji Patton, Southwest School of Art President Paula Owen and SAMMinistries CEO and President Navarra Williams.
Taaffe Caton, this year’s Empty Bowls chair person, says, ““Every year the Potters Guild members get energized and motivated to make Empty Bowls bigger and better than the previous year. But the addition of celebrity participants makes this event even more thrilling, and we hope everybody will come out and see how the artistic side of these gracious contributors plays out.”
With free admission, Empty Bowl guests are invited to select bowls to purchase ($18 each), and then choose from a wide variety of delicious soups donated by some of San Antonio’s trendy restaurants and caterers such as the RK Group, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Westin La Cantera Resort, Don Strange, Crowne Plaza Riverwalk and Citrus at Hotel Valencia. The
meal, complete with bread and water, is intended to signify the meal of a homeless person.
Navarra Williams, president and CEO of SAMMinstries says, “The San Antonio Potters Guild launched Empty Bowls 10 years ago to help raise awareness about the homeless and hungry, as well as funds to support SAMMinistries’ mission. Through month’s-long planning and countless hours, members of the Potters Guild have built Empty Bowls into one of the City’s most popular and successful fundraising events, and we regard it as a true blessing for our ministry.”
For the second year, Tycoon Flats, 2926 North St. Mary’s, is hosting a Music Jam, also to benefit SAMMinistries, from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 13th. Three well-known and popular bands are donating their time and include Bepko, Fletcher, Santos, & Rose (acoustic classic rock), The L&Ms (acoustic classic rock) as well as Harry Wurzbach and the 410s (classic rock).
Richard Hartman, co-owner of Tycoon Flats, says that the restaurant will donate 10 percent of all sales during the Music Jam and adds, “The general public is invited to turn out for this great Music Jam to support SAMMinistries. This post Empty-Bowls event is both a fundraiser and a thank you party for all the volunteers who help make Empty Bowls a success,” he says.
Loyal fans of Harry Wurzbach and the 410s cannot afford to miss the Music Jam because this event will be the group’s swan song since they already have announced they are retiring.
Mike Young, says, “There is no big scandal or bad blood. It is just time.” The band members have been playing together for the last nine years.
The San Antonio Potters Guild, in conjunction with the in-kind donation of the Southwest School of Art, has raised more than $196,000 to benefit SAMMinistries over the last 10 years with its annual Empty Bowls fundraiser.