An alien, the sun, a pig pen and even Mickey Mouse were all part of the Goldsboro Library’s Bad Art Night event recently.
The library provided a variety of materials — everything from themed duct tape to flowers to paints — and participants created a masterpiece that was supposed to be really awful.
About 15 people competed to see who would win bragging rights for the worst art.
The winner was 16-year-old Caleigh Patek with her creation Why Outside?
“I just took random things to make it,” she said. “I was looking at it and decided the name should be Why Outside? because I used a bunch of trash, like straws and plastic spoons. The blue and green paint I used reminded me of the earth. I was thinking why do we put trash outside.”
She plans on hanging her bad art on the wall in her room.
Also vying for best bad art was 27-year-old Brittany Champion, who made a vase of flowers.
“I saw this vase and I knew I wanted to make something I could put my pens and stuff in,” she said. “I saw these flowers and like second nature, I picked them up and started cutting them.”
Champion used the blooms of dark pink, light pink and ivory flowers for her vase because they are spring colors and she’s ready for the warm weather.
“I decided to do bad art night as a way to release my creative juices and also meet some new people and develop some relationships because I’m new to Goldsboro,” she said.
The event was open to both adults and children, and sisters Faith, 6, and Hope Cooper, 7, were doing their best to make some bad art.
Faith decided to make an alien using paint, markers, paper, stamps and a few other items from the supply table.
“I’m just making it as I go,” she said. “I decided to make an alien because it’s the perfect thing. And it was fun.”
Hope made the sun with various things flying around it.
“I was making it and I didn’t know what I was doing and I was kind of like this looks like the sun and I thought it was cool,” she said.
The two girls came with their uncle, 29-year-old Ethan Cooper.
“They will be moving to Tennessee with their parents here in a couple months,” he said. “And I’m just trying to spend some time with them before they go.”
He made something that he called pig heaven, with duct tape with bacon and pigs on it across the top and a pen at the bottom.
“I don’t think I’m going to win, but it’s pretty bad though,” Cooper said.
Spearheading the event was the Goldsboro Library’s reference librarian Hannah Hemphill.
“I have found that a lot of people are interested in craft nights and just art in general, but a lot of people are kind of hesitant with art,” she said. “They’re afraid of making something that’s not quite good.
“But it’s still fun to create something event if it’s not something that would go on display at an art gallery. It’s so good to create and have that outlet.”
After participants were done making their bad art, it all was put on display in a makeshift art gallery and participants voted on whose was the best.
Some of the art on display included a drawstring candy bag crocheted by 29-year-old Jennifer Knoll, using striped yarn in blue, orange, red, yellow, green and black.
Debbie Rose didn’t know exactly what to call her bad art, but she wanted it to tell a story.
“Couldn’t Listen is going to be the story,” she said.
It included a broken CD at the top and a garden at the bottom using straws and little glittery flowers.
“I don’t know how I came up with the idea,” Rose said. “I was just playing around. I will probably take it home and enjoy it for a while.”
Greg Sullivan knew exactly what to call his art — Collage de Art. He glued pictures of cars onto a red background. And he really didn’t care if he won or not.
“You do art for the sake of art, not because you have to, but because you want to,” he said. “And you come up with something, you put it together and put it on paper or canvas.”
Ellen Franks, 39, made some bad art because she just wanted to.
“I started out thinking it would be like graffiti maybe,” she said. “I saw a movie not too long ago where a character did graffiti. The way he did it was really super cool.”
When it was all over, there was a lot of good bad art to look at.
“I hope people realize that you don’t have to be Vincent Van Gogh or some really high-end artist to really creating something special,” Hemphill said. “Everyone has their own creativity that they bring to the plate, even if it’s not what they envisioned in their head.
“I hope it will inspire someone to try their hand at art.”