Gateway Arts Council has announced the fourth annual Bad Art by Good People fundraising event.
This is a light-hearted election for the arts.
Twenty-four local personalities have been given blank 16-inch by 20-inch canvases and have been paired with professional artists to create pieces of art. Artists from Anna, Botkins, Fort Loramie, Jackson Center, Russia and Sidney will not only be creating art, they will be fighting for votes to win the title of Best Bad Artist. In addition to the individual title, the artists will be competing to represent the village or precinct with the most collective votes.
This year, there is a new prize for the winning village or precinct in the Bad Art Election. Once Gateway Arts Council nets its funding goal of $12,000, 25 percent of anything above that amount will be given to the charity chosen by the participating artists from the village or Sidney precinct that obtains the most collective votes. For the purpose of the art election, Sidney’s nine artists have been grouped into “precincts” of three artists each.
Gateway Arts Council Executive Director Ellen Keyes said, “We wanted to have an event that brought art to everyone and illustrated that everyone has creativity in them.”
The artists from Anna will be Dr. Eric Prenger, Pam Berning and Dini Hampton.
Terri Esser, Joni Burmeister and Amy Zumberger will represent Botkins.
Kathy Pleiman, Martha Hoelscher and Jenny Huddleston will represent Fort Loramie.
Jackson Center representatives are Lance Woolley, Gina Pence and The Brick Haus Bistro.
David Chivington, Virginia Shreves, Kim Wall, Bob Guillozet, Bob Barnes, Don Tangeman, Linda DeVelvis, Jane Witt and Eileen Hix will represent Sidney.
The Russia representatives are Stacey Fiessinger, Julie Francis and Duane Goettemoeller.
Their mentors will be named on the arts council website each day during the campaign.
Once all the artwork is completed, the election process will begin. All members of the community will be encouraged to vote and vote as many times as they would like. Voting will cost $1 per vote and anyone can vote from Sept. 1 through Oct. 2. There are no restrictions on age, geography or number of times one person can vote. Voting can be done by mail to the Gateway Arts Council and online at www.gatewayartscouncil.org/badart.
The Bad Art by Good People Inaugural Ball will be Oct. 2 at the Palazzo in Botkins. This ball will feature a dinner and the bad art will be auctioned. Tickets for the event are $25 per person and can be purchased at Gateway Arts Council, 216 N. Miami Ave.