Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a series of promotional stories of local amateur artists participating in an annual fundraiser.
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 Myles Trempe. He is an insurance agent at Wallace & Turner, Inc. He is a Partners For the Parks trustee, Ferncliff Cemetery and Arborteum trustee, Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce ambassador, board member and volunteer for the Springfield Arts Council.
Trempe enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Samantha and their three children Wallace, Scout, and Murray. As a family they enjoy spending time outdoors, live music, and supporting the local arts.
About his artwork, Trempe said, “I’d call it a self-portrait with a ‘spin’ on the head.”
In addition to Trempe, 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; Katie Neer, Solomon’s Garage; 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; 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, 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.