Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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March 29, 2012

Russell students help cause with art

1414 Gallery to display bowls, other pieces

ASHLAND — Students at Russell Middle School will have their artwork displayed at The 1414 Gallery at TSHD Architects during April and May, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. April 6 during Ashland’s First Friday art walk for April.

Students in Tim Decker’s sixth through eighth-grade art classes created paintings, drawins and pottery, including unique ceramic bowls, part of the school’s Bowls for Hunger project.

 The bowls, some hand built and some thrown on the wheel, will be for sale, with proceeds going to feed the needy through the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program at Ashland Community Kitchen.

“Students have become more conscious of what they are making and why they are making it,” Decker said. “They have spent a lot of time on this project.”

The idea for getting art students involved in Bowls for Hunger came from Kim Shope, Greenup County Community Education director.

 Shope wrote the grant that schools could apply for to get the ceramic materials to produce the bowls. She said she was inspired to create this program by Tammy Steele and the Hunger and Homeless Task Force.

Shope said she was concerned that so many students are unaware of the need for help in feeding people.

In addition to the "Bowls for Hunger" project and the other wide variety of artwork on display, there will be live music performed by Isaac Stephens, a Russell eighth-grader; light refreshments will be served.  

The 1414 Gallery at TSHD architects is at 1414 Winchester Avenue in Ashland and the public is invited.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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