Editor’s note: This is 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 featured artist is Jerry Fetherolf, a classroom paraprofessional at Bodey Circle Autism Educational Service Center and a YMCA ambassador. He is a member of the Champaign Family YMCA, Moose Lodge and VFW. Jerry enjoys working with kids with special needs and running 5K and savage races.
His artwork, “Jerry’s Journey,” is a small window of his life, his heart attack in 2013, and his transformation from an out-of-shape guy to a person who has found the importance of staying fit. He realizes the importance of community involvement and helping people with special needs.
In addition to Fetherolf, the artists include Curtis Blake, First Central National Bank; Kristyn Campbell, Mechanicsburg School District; Lisa Dunham, Security National Bank; Kent Eichenauer, Dragonfly Vineyard & Wine Cellar; 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!
The public can vote for their favorite artwork using PayPal on the Arts Council’s website, www.champaigncountyartscouncil.org. 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.