EATON — The Preble County Art Association (Preble Arts) has announced the seventh annual Bad Art Good Folk (BAGF) fundraiser will take place Saturday, Oct. 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at The Gym at Eagles Point.
The fundraiser is a celebration of the local arts for growing the cultural resources of our area. Over the past six years, BAGF has raised over $250,000 to support the arts throughout our community.
Each year, nine “Bad Artists” are chosen from among community leaders to develop their artistic talent on behalf of and for Preble Arts, raising money through your votes and bids on their art projects at https://www.preblearts.org/Bad-Art-Good-Folk. The artist with the most votes (dollars) following the auction on Oct. 2 is deemed the Preble Arts’ Good Folk of the year!
The 2021 artists are: Chris Atkins, Owner of Wings, Etc.; Kathy Clapp, agent of Coldwell Banker/Real Estate College; Kathy Girten, Chancellor of Indiana University East; Jacki Gross, Owner of Yankee Trader Mercantile; Dave Gulling, Executive Vice President of Neaton Auto Manufacturing Inc.; Carrie Kerby, Nurse Practitioner at Reid Health-Eaton; Tiffany Moreland, Owner of Skyline Chili-Eaton; Jade Newton, Assistance Vice President of Agricultural Lending at LCNB; and Brionne Reynolds, Preble County Clerk of Courts.
Each of these artists is working with a team leader/mentor for inspiration and support. Michelle Buckley (Pro-Grade) is mentoring Chris Adkins, Kathy Clapp, and Dave Gulling. Cheri Simon (Simon Insurance) is mentoring Jacki Gross, Tiffany Moreland, and Brionne Reynolds. Tom Butters (retired artist) is mentoring Kathy Girten, Carrie Kerby, and Jade Newton. Executive Director Claudia Edwards is supporting each artist and team in their micro fundraiser events and creating a masterpiece of her own.
You can support the “Bad Artists” this year by going to the website www.preblearts.org and clicking on the Bad Art Good Folk. Cast as many votes as you wish ($1 per vote) to the artist(s) of your choice. Please, note that this is definitely an opportunity for you to vote early, and vote often!
At the BAGF event on Oct. 2, the creations of the nine artists will be auctioned and won by the highest bidder. The votes received in advance of the auction and throughout the evening will be added to the auction successful bid to determine the year’s winner. A winning team also will be named based on the most money raised by teams.
Also available for live bidding on Oct. 2 will be the creations of the mentors and the PCAA staff and instructors. In addition, a variety of silent auction items donated by community businesses and individuals for your consideration, so come to our evening of art, good food and drinks, entertainment, and be ready to support the arts in our community by bidding!
You can reserve your place at the auction by visiting the www.preblearts.org website.
In addition, if you or your organization is interested in becoming a sponsor for BAGF 2021 or donating an item for the silent auction, contact Claudia Edwards, Preble Arts Executive Director, at 765-265-1611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.