By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Kathy Brink agrees, the concept is unusual.
She also thinks it will be a big hit.
Brink, the program director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois, is coordinating Friday's "Look Who's Painting" fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit organization.
"Local artists and leaders in the community are donating some of their own art that will be auctioned off," Brink said. "We've never done anything like this."
State Sen. John Sullivan will serve as celebrity auctioneer for the event, which starts at 6 p.m. Friday at the State Room, 434 S. Eighth.
A $25 admission charge includes a drink and hors d'oeuvres, and gives the person the opportunity to bid on items of art created by Mariann Barnard, Lenny Bart, Stephen Cullo, Carlos Fernandez, John Nelson, David Oakley, Michael O'Neal, Sally Poole, Mary Griffith Schoenekase, Chris Scholz, Larry Siwek, Mayor John Spring, Eric Thomas, Coni Triplett, Tom Van Ness and Corey Woodruff.
There will also be a silent auction for other items.
The program is designed to help fund Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois, which serves Adams, Brown, Cass, Morgan and Schuyler counties.
Big Brothers Big Sisters relies on donations, grants and fundraiser to meet its $140,000 annual budget.
"We hope to make "Look Who's Painting' an annual thing," Brink said. "I can't say enough about those who have stepped up to help. They have done so because they realize the good Big Brothers Big Sisters does in providing mentors for both young boys and girls in the surrounding communities.
"Some of the pieces of art are stunning. For example, Coni Triplett has hand-painted a pair of wine glasses. They are simply beautiful."
Brink said another example of the work that the donors have put in for the fundraiser is a replica of Washington Park and the surrounding area built by Eric Thomas out of computer parts.
"It is one of the coolest things I have ever seen," Brink said.
For more information about Friday's program or Big Brothers Big Sisters, call the Quincy office at (217) 223-5452 or email Brink at firstname.lastname@example.org.