‘Good folk’ raising funds for the arts


EATON — The Preble County Art Association is proud to announce the 2nd yearly installment of Bad Art, Good Folk. This year’s Gala Event, Bad Art, Good Folk 2016, will take place on Saturday, April 2, at the Grange, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Good Art, Bad Folk, involves local community residents to create a personal piece of art. Many of the participants have never ventured into the artistic world before this competition. They are guided by their instructors throughout the process, and have several weeks to construct their work. In addition, each artist is put on one of three teams. The team with the largest cumulative earnings, wins the BAGF Team Prize.

The instructors/team leaders this year are Patty Emerson, Peggy Schuning, Robert Coveney – all professional artists and instructors at the Visual Art Center.

The competition and celebration will include many members of the Preble County Community. The artist / participants this year include; Team Patty: Kyle Hamilton, Lisa Wise, Sheriff Mike Simpson, Team Peggy: Steve Maggard, Dr. Earl House, Rev. Dan Denlinger, Team Robert: Becky Morin, Commissioner Rodney Creech, and Debbie Kramer. These folks want art to be available and accessible to the community and to do that they are competing against the one another, trying to “raise votes” for their individual creation. Anyone can vote, and each vote costs $1. The artist attempts to raise as many votes possible to support the PCAA and their education and outreach programs.

All of this comes to a head on April 2, when the artists’ pieces are up for sale at a Live Auction, hosted by John Kramer. The participant accumulating the most “value” for their work, wins the notability of being BAGF Artist of the Year.

The evening is filled with great food, drinks and a cash bar, live music, and loads of fun. Not to mention, a healthy dose of competition.

Votes for your favorite candidate can be placed at the Preble County Visual Arts Center, or online at vote.takepartinart.net.

The proceeds of this year’s Bad Art, Good Folk competition, go to the PCAA, to aid in funding future community programs. In the past two years, the PCAA has greatly expanded its outreach and education resources to the community. Some of the activities, which continue to grow, are the “Youth for Public Art” which guides teen boys in the creation of art in the community, such as murals and sculptures. The PCAA works in conjunction with the Preble County Juvenile Court in helping young adults learn important life skills.

Other community programs, have include Oinkers for Art (the pig painting contest for the Pork Festival), the Preble County Fair (art making and creative experiences for all ages), the Wave Wall at the A.S.K. Playground (an interactive wall for autistic and special needs children; a project reaching over 2500 children this coming year).

In addition to special programs the PCAA is dedicated to fueling creativity in Preble County and fostering a community rich in arts and culture. The PCAA offers various, classes, workshops and activities which provide arts and growth for the county.

Tickets go on sale March 1st. To purchase a ticket, or table, or for more information, call the Preble County Art Association at 937-456-3999. The center is located at 601 Hillcrest Drive, Eaton.

R-H Staff

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