Souper Sale encourages voter registration

Downtown shoppers will be able to register to vote as they browse discounted artwork and enjoy a piping hot bowl of soup Saturday at the Riverside Artists Gallery.

The gallery and the League of Women Voters are teaming up for a voter registration drive during the store’s customer appreciation “Souper Sale” on Saturday.

With the May 6 primary just around the corner, the time is right to get the ball rolling, said League of Women Voters member Caroline Putnam.

Encouraging active and informed participation in the governmental process is the main goal of the League, she said.

“The League feels if you register you are more interested in going out to vote. And if you vote you’re more interested in what is happening. It’s like a sports team. You like one team and you follow it,” said Putnam.

The timing is also good for the Riverside Artist Gallery. The many member artists of the gallery are offering discounts on a variety of artwork in the hopes of freeing up inventory space before the first Marietta Merchants and Artist Walk of the year, which happens May 9, just three days after the primary election.

“We were just looking around at our items and knew that we were running out of room. We like to keep the artwork fresh. Instead of just taking our work home, we decided to at least try to sell it,” said Cathy Norosky, one of the gallery’s member artists.

In addition to the discounts, Norosky wanted to come up with some other ways to appreciate the store’s customers. Serving up some soup on a cold winter day seemed appropriate, and so the “Souper Sale” was born.

The event will be the first the gallery has held, she said.

“The artists are making the soup, except for the one person that is coming from Rossi Pasta,” said Norosky.

Vegetarian chili, unstuffed pepper soup, chicken soup, black bean soup, and a surprise soup from Rossi Pasta will be served starting at 11:30 a.m., she said.

Art ranging from paintings and drawings to glass work and from pottery to clothing will be on sale.

Additionally, some of the artists will be offering demonstrations Saturday. Artist Lynda Rhodes will be doing water color demonstrations. Norosky will be demonstrating her gourd carving.

While the League of Women Voters has held voter registration events in the past, they typically hold such events before the general election, said Putnam.

But this year’s primary does have a few contested races, and people who start following them early will be more likely to continue following those races, said Putnam.

The Riverside Artist Gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.