Artists from the Proctor Art Gallery are once again volunteering their time and talent this Saturday at the Proctor Farmers Market to help raise money for the Mason Fish Food Bank. The third annual Proctor Food Bank Art-a-thon will see artists painting and making art during market hours to attract donations and pledges to buy fresh market produce for the food bank.
Over the past two art-a-thons the PAG artists, led by Carolyn Burt, have raised $2,700 for the market. Over the same period, the Mason Fish Food Bank has seen an increase of 70 per cent of clients getting their weekly groceries from the bank; currently around 4,300 people use the bank each month. Fresh produce is always needed, say Food Bank staff.
This year the artist line-up at the art-a-thon includes Mauricio Robalino leading a participatory mosaic creation, Brad Stave demonstrating lathe wood-turning, and artists Arvid Anderson, Carolyn Burt, Tom Bona, Bonnie Cargol, Sharon Crocetti, Marquita Hunt, Andrea Greenfield, Emily Porter, Alexis St. John, Lucy Schwartz, Jeff Schroeder and Mary Wolfe scattered throughout the market painting and drawing from market inspirations. Bette Anne Curry from the Gourmet Niche food art studio will also be demonstrating, and William and Mary Wolfe will donate a hand-made Victorian rocking horse, to benefit the fundraiser.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 23. Free. Proctor Farmers Market, North 27th and Proctor Streets, Tacoma. 253-759-4238, www.proctorartgallery.com