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Beneficial bowls

    Johannette Rowley's "Life is Just a Bowl of Lychee" is up for auction at Neiman Marcus through March 14 as part of the Empty Bowl 2011 fundraiser.

Wildly popular in 2009, the Empty Bowl project is back. The benefit will sell handmade ceramic bowls filled with delicious soup to benefit Hawaii Meals on Wheels and the River of Life Mission.

Hawaii Potters Guild and other potters groups have produce nearly 4,000 bowls to hold gourmet soup.

But this time around, Empty Bowl comprises several events, including:

» Signature Bowl Silent Auction : Through March 14, this event at Neiman Marcus features 20 fabulous art pieces by top Hawaii artists. See all the pieces and bid at

» Bazaar at The ARTS at Marks Garage: A cash-and-carry event through March 26, this show features works by artists who contributed to Empty Bowl. Pieces sold at this show benefit the artists. Prices range from $5 to $1,000. Call 521-2903.

» Empty Bowl Night (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 18): Visit Pauahi Street fronting Marks’ Garage to buy a bowl filled with soup by one of 20 restaurants, including Alan Wong’s, Town, Indigo, 12th Avenue Grill and 3660 on the Rise.


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