Support artists, farmers and hungry folk at the same time this Saturday at the Proctor Farmers’ Market, where the second Food Bank Art-a-thon is happening from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Begun last year, the Art-a-thon was organized as a way of generating funds to buy fresh produce directly from the Farmers’ Market and donate it to the FISH Food Bank, located nearby at Mason United Methodist Church.
Twelve artists from the Proctor Art Gallery around the corner will set up easels and workstations in a covered area of the market and paint, draw and create art all day long. Stop by to watch them work, donate money and help the Food Bank folks get super-fresh food to those who need it.
New this year is the offer of massage therapy for Art-a-thon watchers, with all proceeds going to the food bank fund as well.
The Food Bank Art-a-thon raised almost $2,000 last year, which was greatly appreciated by everyone, says Food Banks director Beth Elliott. “Our clients are able to enjoy fresh, nutritious food while at the same time we’re supporting our local farmers,” says Elliott, who conducted a survey of food bank clients last year to find that most wished there were more fresh produce available.
The Mason FISH Food Bank now sees an average of 4,300 clients a month, up 22 per cent from last year.
The Food Bank Art-a-thon will run during Farmers’ Market hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31. The Market is located at the corner of North 27th and Proctor Streets, Tacoma. Information: 253-759-4238, www.proctorfarmersmarket.com, www.proctorartgallery.com, www.fishfoodbanks.org