Empty Bowls – Sat. Sep. 23, 2017

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It’s that time of year again. Time to do something fun while helping those in need in our area. Coordinating all the people and organizations is a lot of work. While local potters at the 550 Gallery are hard at work turning, glazing and firing each beautiful bowl, church groups, town agencies,  and restaurants are hard at work planning and executing tasks from outreach to making soup! ( even the fire department helped last year to provide lighting) It helps a lot to have a better idea of the turnout. Questions like: how many bowls to make, how large a facility do we need, how much soup should the restaurants make? You can help by registering early. Along with this message is a pdf registration form that you can send in with your early registration check while enjoying a discounted rate on your tickets.

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2015 Empty Bowls

Printable Registration form/ Tickets can be found here.

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Second  Annual Empty Bowl Event Supporting Bethlehem Food Bank

 November 7, 2015    4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Church of Nativity, Shellman Hall, Bethlehem, CT


What is Empty Bowls?

This collaboration between 550 Gallery and Studios, Litchfield Hills Church, First Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Church of the Nativity, in addition to local restaurants including Big Daddy’s, Nick’s, Painted Pony, Rathskeller, the Bethlehem Fair, Wellspring and Main Street Grill will help the current needs of Bethlehem families and elders.

Gluten Free and Vegetarian Soups will be available!

Please see www.emptybowls.net for the history of this project.

How it Works

  • Purchase a pre-registered ticket for $14 or at the door for $16
  • Come to the Church of the Nativity Saturday Nov. 7th between 4pm and 7pm
  • Pick out a beautiful and unique handmade bowl
  • Fill your bowl with one of 8 soups and enjoy a light supper of bread and soup
  • Bid on local art, gift certificates and local products at the silent auction~ original art by many local artists including  prints by Bob Crawford, handmade wooden bowls by Pat Griffin, handmade glass bowls by Kim McGrath, and pottery by Linda White, Mary Troiano, Dave Santamaria, Jan Lesnikoski, Seth Hedu, Ben Galick.

After dinner, proceed to 550 Main St. South to the 550 Gallery and Studios  for dessert and pottery making demonstrations.


To reserve your spot, register early by detaching and returning the lower part of this form.                       Number of bowls ____________________ X $14 = Total amount enclosed $ _____________________________

Name ________________________________________________       Phone _________________________________

Address _________________________________________      Email _______________________________________

Checks made payable to Town of Bethlehem Food Bank

 and sent to:  PO Box 160     Bethlehem CT  06751

Or you can fill this web form to pre-register and pay at the door


Any questions about the event please contact Vera Rosa at 203 266-5605 or go to   rosavera13@yahoo.com .  More info can be found on Facebook at 550 Gallery and Studios

Hello world!

550 Main Street South

Bethlehem, CT 06751

(203) 266-6995   or via facebook at 550 Gallery and Studios.

We have a lot of new and exciting events planned for this spring and early summer! We have an art show for Rick Storey which began with an opening reception on May 19, 2013. His show will run in our gallery through June 1, 2013.  Look for details under our “Shows” tab!

Our new pottery studio is experiencing much success with our premier pottery class…  our Beginner Adult Pottery Class has just concluded and everyone learned (and laughed) a lot with instructor Barbara Getsinger.

We have a new evening pottery class, Beginner Pottery for Adults, Hands on the Wheel,  which runs from 7-9:00 pm on Tuesdays. This class is taught by Linda White. We are starting Saturday morning classes very soon.Please look for details under our “Classes ” tab!

Student Art Classes with Ray White are ongoing on Saturday mornings form 10-11. Please look for details under our “Classes” tab.

Our Studio is also available for Parties (birthday or anything else you’d like) in the pottery studio or using other art mediums such as pastels, drawing, or acrylics.  Please contact us for details at (203) 266-6995.

We also have Open Studio Hours, please call us for more information at (203) 266-6995.