Winter Warmers

Cups for community


What: Winter Warmers Reception

When: 5 pm Fri., Jan. 24

Where: Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Last week, when snowstorms blanketed the region and frigid temperatures persisted throughout the lengthening January days, not much beat wrapping my cold hands around a ceramic mug of coffee or hot chocolate as I gazed out my kitchen window onto a world that had been transformed into a winter wonderland.

In those moments, I found myself thankful for the safety my home provides when the weather outside is frightful. I was also grateful to have been able to stock my larder with enough provisions to make it through the worst of what Mother Nature threw at us.

I know not everybody is so lucky. So does Good Earth Pottery owner Ann Marie Cooper, who is hosting the annual Winter Warmers Benefit through January at the longtime locale on Harris Avenue in historic Fairhaven.

Per usual where the art-based fundraiser is concerned, 10 percent of all cup sales through the month will be donated to Maple Alley Inn, the Opportunity Council’s hot meals program.

Three days a week, volunteers serve healthy and sustainable meals—breakfast on Tuesdays and lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays—in a comfortable and welcoming environment to Whatcom County residents experiencing hunger. Approximately 20,000 meals are served each year, and the event also includes a way for low-income families, homeless veterans, isolated seniors, individuals in recovery and others to connect with social service providers in order to be referred to other beneficial services and receive education on matters related to health and nutrition.

This year, to celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary and her first as sole owner of Good Earth Pottery, Cooper upped the creative ante by adding an Invitational Cup Show to the mix. In addition to showcasing works by resident artists, she invited 30 artists from across the country to send up to five cups for the show.

“Some of these artists I’ve never met, nor seen their work in person,” Cooper says. “Others I’m acquainted with, and some are my dearest friends. All of them make work I admire, and am thrilled to share with you.”

At a reception taking place from 5pm-8pm Fri., Jan. 24 during the Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk, Cooper will be on hand while visitors peruse the plethora of cups of varying hues, shapes, sizes and sensibilities. Once you find your favorite, all that remains is to take it home and give it a test run in your own kitchen, knowing that by purchasing it, you’ve done a small part in helping your neighbors secure a hot meal when they’re in need.

“I hope you enjoy the added spice in the mix,” Cooper says. “As a small business owner, and an artist, I know the resonating effects of community support.”

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