The polls are now open for the fifth annual Bad Art by Good People fundraiser, presented by the Champaign County Arts Council.
The fundraiser features local non-artist celebrities competing to create a work of art and campaigning for the public’s votes for their artwork.
The artists include: Jerome Armstrong, Edward Jones; Dave Bacher, Noreast Transport; Marcia Bailey, Champaign Economic Partnership; John Beard, Bundy Baking Solutions; Pam Bowshier, Cosmic Charlie Breads & Threads; Lisa Case, Tech II; Nick Christian, Urbana University; Scott DeLong, CRSI; Patrick Field, Coppertop; Lydia Hess, GrandWorks Foundation; Jacquelyn Howell, retired music teacher; Emily MacKendrick, One Eleven-A Fashion Boutique; Judge Lori Reisinger; Jon Umstead, SeaSeven, LLC; and Allen Wilbur, retired music teacher.
The public can vote for their favorite artwork using PayPal on the Arts Council’s website, www.champaigncountyartscouncil.org. Voters can also cast ballots with cash, check or credit card at the Arts Council, 119 Miami Street, Urbana. The office is open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A dinner/auction fundraiser to sell the art will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26 at Coppertop restaurant, 116 Miami St., Urbana. Tickets for the dinner are already sold out. The “bad art” will be auctioned by comic magician Michael Kent during the event. All proceeds will benefit the Arts Council.
Silver sponsors for the event are the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, CRSI, Fonda Lou Eaton, The Peoples Savings Bank, Remax Leading Edge-The Patrick Hamilton Group and Security National Bank.
Bronze sponsors include The Village Pharmacy-Mechanicsburg.
Check out the Arts Council’s Facebook page for information leading up to the event—www.facebook.com/CCACUrbana.
For more information regarding the event, please contact the Arts Council office at 937-653-7557.
Watch the Daily Citizen each day starting next week for profiles and pictures of the artists with their art. Today’s accompanying photo features Lydia Hess and her artwork.