Curtis Blake’s ‘Bad Art’ is money

Staff report

Editor’s note: This part of a series of promotional stories of local amateur artists that will be printed in the Urbana Daily Citizen in coming weeks.

A popular local fundraiser that supports local arts returns this year.

The polls are now open for the 9th annual Bad Art by Good People fundraiser, presented by the Champaign County Arts Council.

The tongue-in-cheek competition features non-artist celebrities creating works of art and campaigning for the public’s votes for their artwork.

Today’s feature artist is Curtis Blake. He is senior vice president at First Central National Bank in St. Paris.

Blake said this about his artwork: “I wanted to create something that encompassed both my work at the bank and our great Champaign County. The map is created with dollar bills as the land and used the coins to represent the seven municipal taxing districts in the County. The winning bidder will get an immediate return on their investment of $20.65!”

Blake is a member of the Masonic Lodge, Moose Lodge, Troy Fish & Game, and Champaign Cruisers. His interests include anything automotive, classic cars, antiques and collectibles.

In addition to Blake, the artists include Kristyn Campbell, Mechanicsburg School District; Lisa Dunham, Security National Bank; Kent Eichenauer, Dragonfly Vineyard & Wine Cellar; Jerry Fetherolf, Autism Educational Service Center; Josh Jacobs, Urbana Police Division; Katie Neer, Solomon’s Garage; Chris Phelps, Perpetual Federal; Andrea Russell, Tommy Brooks Salon; Elizabeth Smith, small business owner; Steve Stout, sports editor of the Urbana Daily Citizen; Bev Titus, co-founder of the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund; Myles Trempe, Wallace & Turner; and Alex Trebek, host of the TV game show Jeopardy!

Trebek has hosted nearly 8,000 episodes of Jeopardy! in 35 years. The piece was obtained from Trebek and donated to the fundraiser by Urbana Daily Citizen Sports Editor Steve Stout and it will be part of the dinner and auction.

The public can vote for their favorite artwork using PayPal on the Arts Council’s website, Votes can also be cast with cash, check or credit card at the Arts Council, 119 Miami St., Urbana. The office is open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dinner auction

A limited number of tickets are available for the dinner and auction, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 28, at the VFW hall, 220 East Court St. Tickets are $25 and include a catered dinner and dessert provided by “In Good Taste Catering.”

The “Bad Art” will be auctioned after dinner. All proceeds will benefit the Arts Council.

Tickets are for sale at the Arts Council’s office and online at the Arts Council’s website.

The gold sponsors for the event are Patrick Field/Coppertop and Eric Shiffer.

Silver sponsors include Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, CRSI, Wallace & Turner and Remax Alliance/The V. Patrick Hamilton Group. Bronze sponsors include Henderson Realty, Civista Bank, Vernon Funeral Home and Bauer Stoves.

Check out the Arts Council’s Facebook page for information leading up to the event —

For more information, contact the Arts Council office at 937-653-7557. photo

Staff report