Take a Spoon, Give 60 Meals

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December 7, 2016 By: Jens Pinther Category: SHH News

How can a ceramics artist help provide hundreds or even thousands of meals to her hungry neighbors using nothing but her hands and some clay? As it turns out, the connection between Marion Angelica’s art form and helping provide food for those who need it most is strong, to say the least.

“Pottery and food go together!” Marion said.

“I want my creations to be sculptural, but I want to add the challenge of designing them to be used for living rather than simply for viewing,” Marion adds in her biography on her website. To Marion, there is something special about ceramics that no other art form has—a specific kind of intimacy.

“Think about how you use a mug. You are kissing the cup,” she said. This level of intimacy connects her work to others in a tangible way.

For her latest project, which has taken her months, Marion has designed a gallery exhibit to connect viewers to the issue of hunger in her community. It’s called “River of Hunger, River of Sustenance” and is showing now until Jan. 7, 2017 at Phipps Center for the Arts.

“I made 300 spoons,” Marion said, “each one is made completely by hand.” All 300 spoons are laid on 12-foot-long bed of red rice.

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Viewers are invited to take a beautiful, unique spoon in exchange for a $20 donation to Second Harvest Heartland, helping to provide 60 meals for the heartland. “If enough people remove the spoons, then the River of Sustenance will become visible.”

After working in nonprofits for 20 years and being deeply connected to the heartland community, Marion is devoted to using her gifts to help others. “My skill can be applied to the things that need to happen,” she said.

Phipps, a nonprofit organization, usually takes a portion of artist proceeds in order to continue operating. In the case of River of Hunger, River of Sustenance, Phipps is forgoing the usual fee to show support for hungry neighbors. Marion will be giving 100 percent of the donations to Second Harvest Heartland. If all 300 spoons get taken for the minimum $20 donation, Marion will have helped distribute more than 15,000 meals using her craft.

As for projects after River of Hunger, River of Sustenance, Marion has plans for other ways of giving back to her community too, but these ideas are still emerging. Stay up to date on her work here.

Thank you to Marion for your amazing support!

If you are looking for a creative way to help your hungry neighbors, learn how to get involved.


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