aamc empty bowlsHow many empty bowls are there in Monmouth County?

image: Empty bowls created by teen artists.

Throughout the month of August, a selection of handmade bowls is on view in the window of The Art Alliance of Monmouth County Gallery, at 33 Monmouth St. in Red Bank. Their purpose is to remind us that hunger is all too familiar to families in our area.


The bowls, many of them made by teenage artists at the annual Teen Arts Festival at Brookdale Community College, is a sample of the kind of “empty bowls” that will be available when the Soul Kitchen Restaurant and the Art Alliance get together for a joint fundraiser in Soul Kitchen’s garden on Sunday, August 30th from 11 AM to 3 PM at 207 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ. Both organizations, along with the Monmouth County Arts Council, who organize Teen Arts , and the international Empty Bowls Project aim to raise awareness in the fight to end hunger in our area.

On the day of the fundraiser at Soul Kitchen, the bowls will be on display in the garden. For a $20 donation, the donor can select any available handmade bowl with a “paid forward” card which helps feed someone in need at Soul Kitchen. Light refreshments will be served.

A second event will be held at the Art Alliance, 33 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ, during the season’s opening art exhibit and reception on September 12, 2015 from 6-8 PM. A sampling of the bowls may be viewed in the gallery windows at the Art Alliance through the month of August.

This Empty Bowls Project was coordinated by Mil Wexler Kobrinski in collaboration with the Monmouth County Arts Council. Ms. Wexler Kobrinski, serves as a board member of the Art Alliance and is a ceramic artist and painter. Her MFA thesis project focused on Empty Bowls, which is a project of Imagine/RENDER, a 501(c) 3 organization, consisting of an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. The mission is to create positive and lasting change through the arts, education, and projects that build community.

“I am proud that members of the Art Alliance are working in the community to feed those in need. As artists we have an obligation toward social action,” said Mil Wexler Kobrinski, Art Alliance Board Member.

Soul Kitchen was invited to participate in the public awareness and fundraising campaign to strengthen community engagement. “Part of the Soul Kitchen mission is to raise awareness of food insecurity in one’s own community; a project like this is a great way to shed light on community interests and needs,” said Marylou Caputo, JBJ Soul Kitchen’s Community Coordinator.

The Monmouth County Arts Council produces the annual Teen Arts Festival, inviting students to exhibit their art work, perform, and participate in arts workshops during a two-day festival held on the Brookdale Community College campus.  This year, the Empty Bowls Workshopinvited teens to create 200 bowls which were donated to this project and glazed by members of the Art Alliance.  

The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen is a community restaurant featuring fresh, healthy ingredients. Soul Kitchen serves meals to in-need customers through volunteer work or to paying customers through a minimum donation. The Art Alliance of Monmouth County is a non-profit; member owned and operated gallery and studio in Red Bank. The mission is to promote the advancement of the visual arts and provide exhibition, studio and classroom space.

For more information about the Art Alliance, please visit: artallianceofmonmouth.org for Soul Kitchen visit: http://www.jbjsoulkitchen.org/en