Archway Gallery Continued Support of Empty Bowls Houston

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Archway Gallery, Houston’s oldest artist-owned gallery, has been hosting an event in conjunction with Empty Bowls Houston since 2013.  The Empty Bowls fundraising event for Houston Food Bank has seen participation from as many as 27 local artists. These artists craft bowls which are then donated to the month-long Silent Auction which will be on display at the gallery for the month of May.  It’s an event that Archway Gallery is committed to for the long-run and one that both 2D and 3D gallery artists look forward to each year.

Archway Gallery Blog 02_052017Tom Irven, a 3D wood turner and Archway Gallery resident artist, coordinates the Empty Bowls event for the gallery and recalls his first experience with the event.  He was teaching at Lake Olympia Middle School in Fort Bend ISD and one of his fellow art teachers was participating.  Tom explains, “that she got her students and some other teachers involved in making bowls.  I made a couple of bowls and decided to follow suit, involving my students.  We collaborated on crafting an 8-foot wooden spoon.  We had a really good time with that,” he reminisces fondly.

“Initially, I just wanted to be involved because it’s such a worthwhile cause and collaborative project.  Archway Gallery’s involvement came about when the Empty Bowls Steering Committee encouraged me to reach out to artists at my gallery and I guess I was there at the right time,” Tom stressed.  He approached the artists at Archway Gallery about the project and the group has never looked back.

Archway Gallery’s artists are all local artists who are passionate about giving back to the community.  In addition to Empty Bowls Houston, the gallery supports several not-for-profit initiatives.

Archway Gallery is hosting its Silent Auction Reception on May 13 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Archway Gallery, located at 2305 Dunlavy.  Visit for information or call

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