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 Katie Neer. She is a co-owner of Solomon’s Garage in West Liberty after working as a civil engineer for five years. Neer enjoys playing piano, scrapbooking and watching HGTV.
She used a combination of spray and acrylic paints to simulate oil and other automotive chemicals. Neer used a glue gun to affix an old timing chain, spark plugs and brake pads off customer cars.
In addition to Neer, 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; Jerry Fetherolf, Autism Educational Service Center; Josh Jacobs, Urbana Police Division; Chris Phelps, Perpetual Federal Savings Bank; 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.
Check out the Arts Council’s Facebook page for information leading up to the event — www.facebook.com/CCACUrbana.
For more information, contact the Arts Council office at 937-653-7557.