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The art of the bowl
Designer soup or designer bowl? Habitat for Humanity’s 18th annual Souper Bowl on Saturday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church offers an opportunity to enjoy both and help build houses too.
When Lori Leary and Linda Ketron began the fundraiser in 1998, painting parties were held to decorate the bowls with rainbows or polka dots. A bowl painted by a professional artist has become a prize that lasts far beyond the gallons of soup and bread donated by 40 restaurants.
“The art is getting more complex,” said John Morris, who is co-chairing the Souper Bowl with his wife, Kathy, for the fifth year. “Every year we are increasing the quality of artwork. We began with paint-a-thons and have moved to artists and painters’ guilds and gotten much more of an art flair. The bowls are very popular.”
Not all the designer bowls go out when the Souper Bowl begins at 5:30 p.m. Organizers space them out so everybody gets a chance to select one. Sets of painted bowls and plates go in gift baskets for the silent auction.
Mary and Bob Rodamer of Heritage Plantation painted 60 bowls and three sets of plates. She has been painting on china for more than 40 years and teaches classes. Her bowls include figures of birds and beach scenes along with some for children, like Peter Rabbit. Her husband uses tape to create geometric designs and paints that way. He also paints the outsides of Mary’s bowls so she can be more productive.
Bob was a commercial building contractor in Ohio and built 50 houses for Habitat of Georgetown County before COPD began to limit his activity.
April and her husband, David, are parents of three daughters who painted some abstract designs on bowls for this year’s fundraiser.
April’s bowls have proven so popular she got requests for sets that will go into gift baskets for the silent auction. She’s been an artist for 20 years but says she’s still evolving as a bowl painter. She painted the Pawleys Island Chapel on a bowl this year. Also among her favorites is a mermaid that began when she spilled some orange paint in the center of a bowl. “A happy mistake,” she said.
While April has painted bowls for a few years, this will be the first time she’s actually attended the Souper Bowl. “I have been doing the work and letting somebody else do the enjoying but this time I’m going to enjoy it too.”
Tickets to the Georgetown County Habitat for Humanity Souper Bowl are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at Applewood House of Pancakes, Greenskeeper Florist, the Chocolate and Coffee House, Palmetto Ace Home Center and the Habitat office in Georgetown, or by calling 843-546-5685.
What’s in the bowl?
700 Modern Grill and Bar: Loaded baked potato
Alfresco Georgetown Bistro: Minestrone
Applewood House of Pancakes: Seafood clam chowder
Atlantic House: Tomato basil conch chowder
Austin’s Ocean One: Black eyed pea soup with smoked ham, greens and cornbread croutons
Bagel Café and Bakery: Chicken and sausage minestrone
Beef O’Bradys: Split pea
Big Tuna Raw Bar: She crab
BisQit: Sweet potato bisque with candied pecans
Bistro 217: Tomato, crab and jalapeño
Blue Elephant: Shrimp soup
Buzz’s Roost: Sausage beer cheddar
Capt. Daves Dockside: Salmon Newburg
Capt. John’s Seafood Grill: Seafood gumbo with shrimp and scallops
Carefree Catering: White bean and ham
Carolina Gumbaya: Seafood gumbo
Chocolate and Coffee House: Chocolate chili
Father Pat’s Lunch Kitchen: Hamburger soup
Front Street Deli: Cream of tomato basil
Graham’s Landing: Lowcountry gumbo
Habañeros: Chicken soup
Hanser House: Manhattan clam chowder
Hopsewee Plantation: Gin-Gin’s chicken, wild rice and mushroom
Hot Fish Club: Miso soup
Inlet Affairs: Three bean with ham
Island Bar and Grill: Roasted chicken and peppers
Landolfi’s: Cream of portabello
Litchfield Beach Fish House: Lowcountry clam chowder
Moe’s Original Bar B Que: Smoked chicken tortilla
Murrells Inlet Seafood: Tomato crab basil
Pastaria 811: Pasta fagioli with homemade sausage
Pawleys Island Bakery: Potato leek with roasted garlic
Pawleys Island Tavern: New England clam chowder
Pawleys Plantation: Mama’s vegetable soup
Pawleys Prime (Nosh): Ginger carrot
Quigley’s Pint and Plate: Southern brewers chili
River Room: Black bean
Salt Water Creek Café: Chicken enchilada
The Fresh Market: Italian wedding soup
Thomas Café: Shrimp and sausage gumbo
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