Editor’s note: This is one in a series of individual profiles of participants in this year’s “Bad Art by Good People” fundraiser.
The polls are now open for the 10th 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 Pat Thackery. He is an entrepreneur and owner of Cafe Paradiso.
Thackery is a member of the Urbana City Council.
He formerly owned “The Studio” on Scioto Street, a gallery for artists.
Thackery enjoys British sports car restoration, entrepreneurship and historic property renovation.
His artwork “Bird of Paradiso” is a sculpture made of cooking utensils from Cafe Paradiso’s kitchen.
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.
Watch the Urbana Daily Citizen during the weeks leading up to the May 7 dinner for profiles on each artist and photos of the artists with their creations.
A limited number of tickets are available for the dinner and auction, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 7, at the VFW Hall, 220 E. Court St. Tickets are $25 each and include a catered dinner and dessert.
The “Bad Art” will be auctioned after the dinner, and 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.