Porterville Art Association is looking for some ‘bad’ art


Entries for the 3rd Annual Bad Art Show are due Saturday, Jan. 12 from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

By Nancy Vigran, Reporter for the Sun-Gazette

PORTERVILLE – “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents,” assured the late Bob Ross, creator of the TV show Joy of Painting for PBS.

That’s what the Porterville Art Association’s (PAA) Bad Art Show is all about.

A call for artists has been issued for the 3rd Annual Bad Art Show. Entries will be accepted one day only, Saturday, Jan. 12 from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

The Bad Art Show was the concept of PAA members Bill Warner and Frances Pyles. They wanted to hold a show in which the artists wouldn’t take things too seriously.

The show has attracted 60 to 70 entries each of its first two years, Warner said. Professional artists and students are invited to enter. Students may be from any level – middle school, high school, or college.

“It would be nice to have more students there,” Warner said. “We have no losers.”

Entries are judged in three categories:

  • Rejected Work – honest artwork that was rejected either by a gallery, show, or by the artist themselves.
  • Tongue in Cheek – intentionally badly-designed art, done for a laugh.
  • Commercial Junk – ugly junk done in bad taste.

The first two categories are for work created by the artists themselves. The latter is for collectibles of simply distasteful stuff.

“It’s fun to enter,” said Merrily Davies, who plans to enter this year, and has done so for the previous shows.

“Since its bad art, you don’t have to worry about being good.”

Davies is a perpetual art student. She takes every class she can with the PAA and beyond, and in any field. Right now, she particularly enjoys Zen doodles, and Chinese art and calligraphy.

The Bad Art Show, she said, “is so unserious. Your ego isn’t involved.”

Davies also commented that this show is also a way to tryout some of your new ideas.

“It doesn’t matter if they flop,” she said.

She also wants to encourage students to enter the show.

“For the same reasons. It’s a chance to try new ideas.”

And, also to now worry about criticism.

“If you turn out with something nice, that’s great. If not, move on to the next thing,” she said.
Davies also commented on how fun the opening reception for the Bad Art Show has been. It’s scheduled for Friday, Jan. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. This year it will feature live music from the Eaton-Pyles String Band.
The 3rd Annual Bad Art Show will run through March 8 at the PAA gallery. Some art is available for purchase.

Other pieces the artists may be so attached to, they may not be available.
Entries are $8 for the first entry; and $3 for additional entries. Artists may enter up to four works. Student entries are free.

The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Association Gallery and Gift Shop are located at 151 N. Main St. For more information regarding entry, call 782-9265, or 539-3243.

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