Immaculata Academy art students help feed WNY

HAMBURG – When the opportunity arose for Art Teacher Veronica Benes to have students create art that would also benefit the good of the community, her students immediately went to the drawing board. The Empty Bowls Program held by Buffalo State College encourages local artists, college students, and school children to craft bowls that address the social concern of hunger. The bowls symbolize the empty bowls around the world.

All of the bowls made by the students, along with a bowl made by Benes, will be on display and available for purchase at the Empty Bowls event. Along with their bowls, students provided a written statement explaining the design of their bowls and what they represent. The event will be held at the Burchfield Penney Art Center on the Buffalo State Campus on May 19. Guests will be able to purchase bowls and share in a small meal donated by local WNY restaurants. All proceeds will go to help benefit the Food Bank of WNY and Friends of Night People.

“I applaud Buffalo State College art professors and the Burchfield Penney Art Center for giving my students the opportunity to be a part of the Empty Bowls Program. The girls created some extraordinary original bowls which identify a concern related to poverty and hunger,” Benes expressed.