LEWISBURG — The Preble County Art Association may have to change the name of their event to Good Art, Great Folk, according to Executive Director Vicky Fanberg, who called the art created by this year’s nine participants “nothing less than stellar.”
The event, held Saturday, April 22, brought in over $50,000.
The 3rd Annual Bad Art, Good Folk event was hosted by the PCAA at Gatherings on the Green in Lewisburg. Nine “Good Folk,” their mentors, friends and family came together for the festivities which included dinner, live music from Richmond Symphony Orchestra’s Whitewater Trio, a variety of other refreshments, and a “no-holds-barred” auction, at the guidance of John Kramer.
The nine Good Folk were split into three teams who competed to raise the most votes (worth $1 each) and collect the highest bids.
Team Robert went home with the team trophies, raising $22,313. The Single Artist win went to Dr. Matt Roberts who collected what Fanberg called “a stunning” $11,257 between his winning bid and votes. Roberts owns Preble County Chiropractic Nutrition and Sports Injury Center and was greatly supported by his clients, friends and family.
All the participants worked hard and gave Roberts stiff competition. Collectively, this year’s teams were able to raise almost twice what was brought in 2016.
The 2017 teams included: Dr. Matt Roberts of Preble County Chiropractic, Brad Unger of Roselius Insurance and Meri Vosler, taught by artist Robert Coveney; Travis Early of Ace Hardware, Preble County Assistant Prosecutor, Eric Marit and Patty Wagner, taught by artist Erin Abney; Eaton Fire Chief Brian Smith, Chad Creech and Jean Bussell, taught by artist Gail Springer.
The Preble County Art Association offered thanks to all of the Good Folk, the team leaders and committee members who made the event successful.
“We are inspired by the generosity of the community and are carefully considering the ways we can better serve Preble County through arts and culture. The success of this event in both the funds raised but also the time and enthusiasm brought to the table is encouraging,” Fanberg said. “Funds raised from this event support PCAA programs that serve the community and make Preble County rich in arts and culture.”
Photos from this year’s event can be found at www.preblearts.org along with information about the Preble County Art Association, according to Fanberg.
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