Vets create ‘bad’ art for GAC


SIDNEY — Gateway Arts Council has announced the fifth annual Bad Art by Good People fundraising event.

This is a light hearted election for the arts. Twenty-five local personalities have been given blank, 16-inch by 20-inch canvases and partnered up with professional artists to create a pieces of art. This year, Gateway bad artists are local military veterans.

The artists who have served in the U. S. Army are Jon Baker, Woody Joslin, Kathy Hayes, Glenn Phillips, Dave Easton, Mike Bennett, Chad Gessler, Patricia Hamberg, Tom Kinninger, Dick Snider and Larry Spence. Those artists who have served in the U. S. Air Force are Duane Mullin, Jerry Kauffman, Jim Moorman, Joe Spangler, Tim Sell, Rich Wade and Rob Thorne. The candidates from U. S. Navy are John Adams, Keith Putnam, JoEllen Mason and Chris North. Roger Lentz and Brian Mantor are artists who have served in National Guard. Darrell Spangler will represent the U.S. Marines.

Once all the artwork is completed, the election process will begin. Every member of the community is encouraged to vote many times. Voting will cost $1 per vote and anyone can vote. There are no restrictions on age, geography or number of times you can vote.

Proceeds from the election will support Gateway Arts Council’s programming; however, 50 percent of proceeds beyond Gateway’s fundraising goal of $10,000 will be donated to the VA Hospice.

The official Election for the Arts will run online at from Sept. 1 through Oct. 1. Voting can also be done by mail to the Gateway Arts Council, P.O. Box 14, Sidney, OH 45365. The artworks will be exhibited at Custenborder Field during the Shelby County Historical Society’s Week of Valor and voting can be done at the park, too.

No election would be complete without an inaugural ball and this election is no exception. Gateway Arts Council will host the Bad Art Ball on Oct. 1 at The Palazzo in Botkins. This ball will feature a dinner and the “bad art” will be auctioned. Tickets for the event are $25 per person and can be purchased at Ron and Nita’s and Gateway Arts Council during regular business hours, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Staff report

This article was submitted by Gateway Arts Council.

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