GAC Bad Art breaks funding records


By Patricia Ann Speelman - pspeelman@sidneydailynews.com



State Farm Agent Ashley Himes, far right, of Sidney, talks about her drawing of a bird learning to fly during the Gateway Arts Council’s Bad Art Ball at the Palazzo, Thursday, Oct. 4. Interviewing her is Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart. Holding Himes’ art is Arlene Chilcote, of Sidney.

State Farm Agent Ashley Himes, far right, of Sidney, talks about her drawing of a bird learning to fly during the Gateway Arts Council’s Bad Art Ball at the Palazzo, Thursday, Oct. 4. Interviewing her is Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart. Holding Himes’ art is Arlene Chilcote, of Sidney.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

SIDNEY — Gateway Arts Council’s 2018 Bad Art by Good People raised the bar for future artists and broke previous records for fundraising.

The project has local celebrities creating artworks. The public then votes for their favorites by paying $1 per vote. In addition, during the annual Bad Art Ball, the works are auctioned. Funds support Gateway Arts Council and another nonprofit each year. Once the arts council has raised its budgeted amount, half of funds above that amount are donated to a local agency.

This year, the agency was New Choices Inc. The theme for the 2018 artworks was “courage.”

“We raised over $28,000,” Gateway Arts Council Executive Director Ellen Keyes said, Monday, Oct. 8. “That means that New Choices will get $9,000. That’s the most we’ve ever raised.”

The top fundraising artists, all from Sidney, were Rod Dyer, whose drawing, “Run to Your Future, Not from Your Past,” brought in $5,374 (“The largest ever,” Keyes said.); John Bertsch, $3,855; Cindy Helman, $3,099, and Bob Eck, $2,102.

Other participating artists were Ryan Maier, of Houston, Karen McRill, of Anna, Scott Arnold and Regan Arnold, both of Minster, and Ashley Himes, Deb Geuy, Duane Gaier, Mark Jordan, Dawn Andrews Clark, Pam Kerrigan, Fred Horner, Mark Shipman, Luke Gronneberg, Tabatha Duckro, Valarie O’Connell, Steve Holt, Cameron Haller and Stephanie Dunkle-Blatter, all of Sidney.

The Bad Art Ball was at the Palazzo in Botkins, Oct. 4.

State Farm Agent Ashley Himes, far right, of Sidney, talks about her drawing of a bird learning to fly during the Gateway Arts Council’s Bad Art Ball at the Palazzo, Thursday, Oct. 4. Interviewing her is Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart. Holding Himes’ art is Arlene Chilcote, of Sidney.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/10/web1_SDN100618BadArtBall-1.jpgState Farm Agent Ashley Himes, far right, of Sidney, talks about her drawing of a bird learning to fly during the Gateway Arts Council’s Bad Art Ball at the Palazzo, Thursday, Oct. 4. Interviewing her is Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart. Holding Himes’ art is Arlene Chilcote, of Sidney. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

By Patricia Ann Speelman

pspeelman@sidneydailynews.com