Souper Saturday!

With Old Man Winter seemingly making himself at home on the couch with the remote, a full bag of potato chips and no plans for leaving anytime soon, one way to cope with his longterm visit could involve soup and art at the seventh annual Soup It Up fundraiser at the Taube Museum of Art.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Taube Museum of Art, located at 2 N. Main Street in downtown Minot, will be hosting the fundraising event. There will be soup, art, live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $16 for non-members, $12 for members and Minot State University students and half price for children ages 8 and younger. For the price of a ticket, the first 200 attendees will receive a hand-crafted ceramic soup bowl. The half-price admission for children does not include a ceramic bowl, however. Also, if people become a member by Feb. 8, they will receive a ticket for $8.

Soups available at Soup It Up will include chili blanco, Cajun bean and ham, chicken tortilla and tomato basil bisque, as well as two other flavors not yet named. Primo Restaurant, Olive Garden, Ebeneezer’s Irish Pub & Eatery, Judge Gary and Margaret Lee, Teri Tingley and the Taube Museum board of directors are contributing the soups for this event. Breads and desserts will be provided by Marketplace Foods and Taube Museum members.

The ceramic soup bowls have been created by the Minot State University Ceramics Department, Hi-Performance Ceramics and the Magic City Campus Ceramics Department. The silent auction will feature a variety of gift baskets, pottery and additional art items. The MSU Ceramics Department faculty and students and Jim Bailey with Hi-Performance Ceramic Studio will also have handcrafted pottery available for purchase on the tables and in the museum gift shop. Additionally, art hanging on the wall will be for sale.

Nancy Walter, executive director at the Taube Museum of Art, said the Soup It Up event started because the museum needed a fundraiser in the winter to keep them afloat and soup seemed to be a good fit. There was a lot of interest in the event featuring soups, too, she added. Soup It Up also started as a way to attract new members, Walter said. “It’s a nice lunch outing in a good, art atmosphere.”

Proceeds from Soup It Up go toward programming at the Taube Museum of Art, a non-profit art organization. A portion of the proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Minot State University Ceramics Department Scholarship Fund. “It’s a nice partnership with the community,” Walter said.

Typically, Soup It Up brings in an average of 120 to 200 people in the two and a half hours that it takes place, said Walter. “Last year it was cold, so it (attendance) was really slow,” she continued. “But we’re hoping Mother Nature will shine upon us this year.” One year, over 200 people attended Soup It Up and there was a shortage of ceramic bowls, Walter said.

New at Soup It Up this year will be live music with a performance by local band Echo’s Answer. Walter said there hasn’t been live music at the event before. Also new this year is the inclusion of three restaurants and three museum members creating soups, she added. In previous years, the soups were created just by restaurants. Additionally, Walter said the silent auction will be expanded to incorporate other items besides art.

People like the variety of soups at Soup It Up, said Walter, and it’s a nice social event. “You get to select your own ceramic bowl, too,” she added. “It’s a nice partnership with other community-minded entities and an opportunity for people to get out in the cold and warm up with soup.”