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Get a bowl, get your grub on at 'Bowls in the Boro'
Event to benefit Visual Arts program at the Averitt
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Instructor Ashley Adams talks with Veronika Houser, Roan Houser and Phoebe Hanson about their placement of color. - photo by ANGYE MORRISON/staff

If you’re hungry for some chili on April 7, or just want some breakfast on April 8, you’re in luck – "Bowls in the Boro" is just what you need.

    Bowls in the Boro is a fundraiser for the Visual Arts program at Averitt Center for the Arts, to be held during F1RST Friday on April 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and during the Saturday Farmers Market on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    This month’s F1RST Friday will be themed “Fine Arts Friday,” according to Kim Riner, director and instructor with the Visual Arts program at the Averitt, who said she’s excited they can partner with the Farmers Market again this year.

    For the past three years, the Visual Arts fundraiser has been “I Scream for Ice Cream,” which Riner said was fairly successful. Each of the programs at the Averitt is self-funded, and Riner said that although the classes offered do provide a portion of the budget, an annual fundraiser is also necessary. The Visual Arts program is located at the Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts, at 31 East Vine Street in downtown Statesboro.

    Riner said they decided that this year’s fundraiser would be broadened a bit.

    “We’re hoping it’s going to be even bigger and better than in the past,” she said.

    Purchasers can select from dozens of handmade ceramic bowls, made by artists affiliated with the Visual Arts program, and buy them for $10 each.

    “We called on friends in the community, professional potters and friends of the program, who all donated their time to make these bowls,” Riner said.

    After purchase, the bowls can be filled with complimentary chili, or breakfast or lunch foods. Riner said there will be five vendors on hand to donate food items, including grits from Freeman’s Mill, salads from Fish Head Lettuce, and hamburgers from Fresh Market. The chili on Friday evening will be donated by Boro Takeout, and will come from McAllister’s.

    In addition, there will be entertainment. Brandi Harvey, who recently starred as Patsy Cline in the Averitt Center for the Arts production of “Always, Patsy Cline,” will be on hand to sing, accompanied by Robert Cottle.  Cast members from the Averitt’s youth production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” will also perform pieces from the show, which is scheduled for May 4-6.

    Riner added that the Visual Arts program will also host its annual spring sale April 27-29, called “All Fired Up.” The sale will include ceramics, jewelry, book and paper art, and crocheted items. The items featured will be for sale by the artists.

    For more information on the Visual Arts program, go online at



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