contribute talents for charity
Stoneware auction benefits food bank
Helen E. McKinney
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (December 2004) As the holiday
season unfurls, we often think of those less fortunate than ourselves.
Louisville Stoneware has jumped to the cause and extended a helping
hand by collaborating with Kentucky Harvest organizers to sponsor an
event that will benefit many.
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For the third consecutive year, a fund raiser auction
of uniquely hand-painted Louisville Stoneware will be held Thursday,
Dec. 2, at Louisville Stonewares downtown location at 731 Brent
St. Pottery pieces have been embellished for Harvest of Imagination
by celebrity artists and prominent people in the community,
said Louisville Stoneware marketing and public relations representative
Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, courtesy of Brown-Forman
Corp., and hors doeuvres provided by Cafe Emilie, Chef Joshua
Moore and Shuckmans Fish Co. An auction preview and registration
will follow at 6 p.m., with the auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission
is open to the public with a monetary or canned good donation at the
This event is the brainchild of Louisville Stoneware owner Christina
Lee Brown and Kentucky Harvest founder Stan Curtis. The two put their
heads together and came up with a fun, artsy way to donate to those
When the event began three years ago, $6,000 was raised, said Ratliff.
The amount climbed drastically with last years total of $20,000.
More than 30 celebrities were involved in the 2003 Harvest of Imagination.
This years lineup includes plates, platters and mugs painted by
filmmaker Stu Pollard, Sen. John Kerry, Ritchie Farmer, Keanu Reeves,
John Conti and Heather French Henry. Many local news media personnel
are also participating, including Byron Crawford, Dawne Gee, Bob Domine,
Gary Roedemeier, Terry Meiners, Jackie Hayes, Rachel Platt, Fred Cowgill
and Barry Bernson.
Harvest of Imagination is a nine-month project. Artists are sought immediately
following the Kentucky Derby in May, said Ratliff. The majority of them
come to Louisville Stoneware throughout the year, and Ratliff said a
booth was even set up at this years PGA Championship golf tournament
for the purpose of seeking celebrity and local artists.
Stoneware owner Christy Lee Brown with husband Owsley Brown II.
Louisville Stoneware is known worldwide for its remarkable
handcrafted pottery. It is one of the countrys oldest and most
revered stoneware manufacturing firms. Many of the pottery patterns
go back decades and are collector items.
In 1815, Jacob Lewis began experimenting with local clay, sending samples
to Pennsylvania and England for assessment of pottery feasibility. By
1829, pottery was being manufactured at the corner of Main and Jackson
streets in downtown Louisville. Lewis employed experienced English potters.
For a time, Louisville Stoneware was known as Louisville Pottery and
has had various owners. Since March 1997, Brown, a Louisville community
leader and civic activist, has owned the company. The clay that is used
is mined in the region.
Gary Roedemeier of WHAS-TV 11 is one of the local media persons who
painted pottery for Harvest of Imagination.
I painted my platter right in the middle of the baseball season,
and since Im a baseball fan, I chose a baseball theme, Roedemeier
His platter features a baseball diamond and bases in St. Louis Cardinals
colors red and blue. Roedemeier said that since the Cardinals won the
World Series the year he was born, one corner of the platter has 1942
on it and the other contains St. L.
Roedemeier has always supported Kentucky Harvest and his friend, Curtis.
While Roedemeier painted his pottery, a 2-year-old was having a handprint
made across the table from him.
Harvest of imagination
5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at 731 Brent St., Louisville, Ky.
What: Auction of stoneware pieces painted by celebrity
artists with proceeds to benefit Kentucky Harvest food bank.
Information: (502) 582-1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I helped distract the toddler and got him to smile,
even though he didnt want any part of the hand paint. His plate
and my plate were finished, and Im not sure there was very much
difference in our artistic abilities.
Fellow co-worker Joe Arnold painted a snack bowl. It has a Buy
me some peanuts and Crackerjacks theme to it. It contains red
baseball stitches on the inside of the bowl and words from Take
Me Out to the Ballgame on the outside rim.
I am a big fan of Kentucky Harvest and am eager to help the cause,
said Arnold. Louisville Stoneware is wonderful. They help non-artistic
people like me apply ideas that we might otherwise be unable to do on
Most of the participants are modest about their artistic
talent, and even timid about the outcome. But all agree it is for a
Rachel Platt, also of WHAS-TV 11, painted a platter with stars and a
moon. Her simple Peace on Earth theme included a moon with
an old-fashioned Peace sign in the center.
I think its important all year long to remember those serving
our country and to hope for peace. The holidays make that hope even
more pronounced, said Platt.
Kentucky Harvest collects and distributes more than 6,000 pounds of
food a day in Louisville and southern Indiana. Restaurants, farmers,
hospitals, bakeries, caterers, groceries, hotels and individuals donate
more than 23 million pounds of food.
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