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Spotlight: Soup ‘n Bowl ‘Make Glaze Fire’

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Submitted Photos Pictured from left: Artists Agustin “Lucho” Pozo and Jennifer Furman are some of the volunteers who support the Soup ‘n Bowl fundraiser. Hundreds of bowls are being handmade, glazed and kiln-fired to 2,165 degrees farenheit.

A favorite way of fundraising will benefit two of the newest art spaces

By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

The Soup ‘n Bowl fundraiser will benefit Bone Springs Art Space and the Miniatures & Curious Collections Museum. The theme is “Make Glaze Fire.”

The pre-event takes place on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Ticket holders have first choice to purchase a handcrafted bowl. There will be music and hors d’oeuvres. Both events take place at The Hi-Q Venue, 208 N. Virginia Ave.

The event itself on Saturday includes soup and a silent auction from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Soup is served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The silent auction closes at 3 p.m.

The main organizers behind the event are Nancy Fleming of the Miniatures & Curious Collections Museum, Miranda Howe of Bone Springs Art Space and Elaine Howe, who is involved in both.

“This will be a two-part beneficiary of the Miniatures & Curious Collections Museum, which is an outreach of the Roswell Inner Arts (RIA) organization and Bone Springs Art Space,” Miranda Howe said. Both organizations opened in 2018 and are supported as the newest art and cultural places in Roswell.

“Handmade bowls and food had been a great fundraiser around the nation,” Miranda Howe said. “A lot of cities do it. Typically in Roswell, Soup ‘n Bowl events that have been here have gone to support arts in different ways because we’ve got such a strong arts community.

Until the actual event, Miranda Howe opened her studios within Bone Springs Art Space for the makers of bowls and for the public.

“The community has been able to come and decorate bowls that I’ve been throwing,” Miranda Howe said. She had posted it on BSAS’ Facebook page that the doors would be open until Sept. 27 to participate. “I was able to show them some different techniques as well as get them involved in the creation of bowls that will then be available for purchase. That’s been neat because I got some people in that have never been to Bone Springs before. It’s neat to draw in a little bit wider audience than who you would expect to participate. I’ve had nights where groups of the artist-in-residence have come and so you know they come with an already established art knowledge, even though they may not know all the ceramic techniques, they come with a real fun vision. So the bowls this year are going to be very creative,” Miranda Howe said.

“We also have a silent auction, and we have had many donations of more artwork for the silent auction,” Elaine Howe said. Some of the items donated are paintings, photographs, sculptures, folk art and of course ceramics. Interested parties can either participate in the auction live at the event, or — ahead of time — buy it for the set prize.

“If they buy it, we’ll ship it to them,” Fleming said. “If they are not going to be at the event, but don’t want the buy-out, then they can call us. There are instructions on the website to give us their high-bid and we will bid in increments for them.”

“We have an artist who is going to be donating a drawing class out at Bottomless Lakes for a group of eight — Kate Erbaugh,” Miranda Howe said.

“Instead of a wine painting party, they are going to have a hike and draw party,” Nancy Fleming said and laughed.

The organizers said that they are also excited about the fundraising location, after all, they — as part of the RIA organization — had saved the building.

“It was that whole idea of repurposing and using Roswell’s assets in creative ways, developing the downtown for an arts and cultural district,” Miranda Howe said. “We are so pleased because so many that are involved in this year’s Soup ‘n Bowl were involved in saving the Roswell Motor Supply project, which is now the Hi-Q Venue.

“For the pre-event, we’ll be having Red Door Brewing Company who just leased Third Street Station and so them being new in that area as well, we’re excited to bring them in and partner with them to create that likeliness in the railroad corridor,” Miranda Howe said.

The pre-event is also a chance for ticket holders to meet the participating artists, organizers, volunteers and founders; and they will have first dibs on the various bowls, each one unique in its own way. Some are covered in colorful swirls, others gently glazed in mesmerizing color-effects. Others again are decorated with whimsical crawfish, puzzle pieces, flowers, cats and bunnies; some could belong to an ancient culture.

Fleming invites the public to engage and participate. “Come to the museums, come to Bone Springs. Enjoy what we have to offer. That’s the whole point, to enjoy,” she said.

“Both, the Miniature Museum and Bone Springs are really part of the community,” Miranda Howe said. “The Miniature Museum has their permanent collection that showcases the work of the Miniature Society that was active here in the ‘80s, ‘90s and early 2000s and the collection of wonderful dollhouses and room boxes, but they also had rotating exhibitions of curious collections and with that offered free workshops to the community during every exhibition. Support would continue to help fund things, being able to do things like that as well as just keep the doors open. They’re an all-volunteer free museum for the community.

“As strong as the arts community is, there is not a wide selection of venues to be able to exhibit artwork,” Miranda Howe said. “That was one focus for Bone Springs, to create more of gallery space, but also the class facilities for art education for children and adults in a variety of media. The focus in the Soup ‘n Bowl is to expand specifically the ceramic facilities and the ability to have group firings and be more of a community resource in the field of ceramics. We have a wonderful foundation and so that will continue the excitement. A large kiln has already been donated to the Roswell community that is in Albuquerque. It will be housed at Bone Springs and be available for community use for firing. We have to pour a suitable concrete slab, a shelter for that to be housed.”

Fleming explained how the Saturday event works for those who haven’t participated in a previous Soup ‘n Bowl fundraiser. “You (the ticket holder) get to come in and peruse hundreds of the handmade bowls, you can pick up one you like and — moving down the table — you might exchange it for something better until you get into the end and have chosen your favorite bowl. Then you will get a gourmet soup (by certified chef Melinda Creamer) and be able to sit amongst the bowls in the Hi-Q Venue and bid on the silent auction item until 3 p.m.

The doors open at 10:30 a.m., the soup is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., so it is kind of a come-and-go, you don’t have to be there when the doors open. You can come whenever you want. If you want the soup, make sure to get there before 2 p.m. Then the silent auction will finish at 3 p.m.,” she said.

The online auction is already up for bidding and an event ticket is not necessary to bid. For more information, visit soupnbowl.com or visit Bone Springs Art Space, 212 E. Walnut St., The Miniatures & Curious Collections Museum, 320 N. Richardson Ave. or the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College Blvd., or call 575-624-2718. Donations can be sent to Roswell Inner Arts — Soup ‘n Bowl, P.O. Box 2271, Roswell, NM 88202.