Orisons Fine Art and Framing is hosting a Bowl Viewing Gala for "Empty Bowls" during the Second Saturday event this weekend in Historic Downtown McKinney.

McKinney Online - Empty Bowls

Organized by St. Peter's Episcopal Church, McKinney's Empty Bowls event supports the Community Lifeline Center to combat hunger in McKinney. Artisans in the area are contributing handmade bowls to this worthy cause, and the beautiful results will be the focus of a reception on Jan. 11 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Empty Bowls is a nationwide campaign to combat hunger. Each community develops its own style of Empty Bowls event. Typically a soup dinner is prepared and handmade bowls are "bought" with a donation of $20. In McKinney, St. Peter's Episcopal Church hosts the soup dinner. Because there are so many fine artists in town, the organizers added an online silent auction for fine art bowls. All proceeds from the auction will go to the cause.

The actual Empty Bowls soup dinner is at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Handmade bowls for the event have been made by parishioners, the youth groups, kids club and local artists. Soup sponsors are Gregory's Bistro, Hamm's Custom Meats, The Pantry, Patina Green, Rick's Chophouse, San Miguel Grill and SNUG on the Square. All proceeds will benefit Community Lifeline. Tickets are sold through the church and at the door. 

The preview is one of two annual gallery events through Orisons that support non-profit and community outreach, the other being a show in May by the North Texas Printmakers Guild that supports CASA.