How would you like to decorate a 4-foot wide, 4-foot
long white fiberglass bear which will be on display
throughout the Boyertown area?
Well, Bear Fever wants you to consider being part
of a unique community art project. And I do, too, because
I personally know you have great creative and artistic
You may already be familiar with New York’s
and Chicago’s Cow Parades. You may have heard
about the Parade Animals—the donkeys and elephants
in Washington, D.C.
Bear Fever wants to have 40-60 “funky”bears
around the area, sponsored by businesses, civic organizations,
schools, or individuals. And we want our community’s
bears to be professionally rendered sculptures. That’s
where you come in.
Why, you ask? Well, it’s not about money.
The project is designed to help build a better Boyertown--and
have some fun too. The Bear Fever project is about
promoting the arts, featuring artistic talent, fostering
community pride, spirit and cohesiveness, and allowing
our young people to learn from us by having them work
side-by-side with artists, business owners, community
leaders, volunteers, and civic groups.
A small stipend of $300 is offered for time and materials.
We know that’s not much.
Two bears, currently being decorated by school district
personnel and students to serve as prototypes for the
project, will be unveiled at Boyertown High School’s
Arts Expo, scheduled for May 1, 2004.
Please come to the Arts Expo: meet the bears, possible
sponsors for bears looking for artists to “do”their
bear, the students and staff of Boyertown School District,
and other artists. And we hope to secure your participation
in our project at that time.
The project has been enthusiastically received by
the community. Without any active soliciting, the committee
has reservations for 20 bears at this time from assorted
businesses and organizations. This response suggests
that ultimately your participation in the project will
benefit the entire community and you as well in marketing
The plan is to order the bears in December 2004.
The artists would then have until mid-April to complete
their sculptures which would then be displayed at the
2005 BASH Arts Expo. At that time you will be invited
along with the students to show off your bear, display
your portfolio, and sell other pieces of your work.
A good time is planned for all! Please join us!
Feel free to call me or e-mail me—Gretchen
Lea--at my home numbers 610-367-6773 or email@example.com.
- Erin Wade
- Joey Adams Lettering.
- Linda Austerberry and members of Sparks Soccer Team.
- Debra Benfield Burkert and members of the Arts Expo 2005 Committee.
- Lesta Bertoia.
- Val Bertoia,
- Kylene Bertoia-Hart.
- Christine Burnley.
- Ken Burton.
- Amanda Cappelletti.
- Martha Cawley.
- Doreen Cechak and students and staff of Washington Elementary School.
- Mary Chisak.
- Arline Christ.
- Kelly Coughlin.
- Thomas Dareneau and students of Boyertown
Senior High School.
- Diane and Chris Dietz.
- Doug Davidheiser.
- Chris D’Antonio.
- Katie DiStefano,
- Paula Stackonis,
- James Rogge,
- Pam White and students and staff of Boyertown Elementary School.
- Amanda Drewicz.
- Steve Fegely.
- Gail Fronheiser.
- Steve Garrison.
- Alice Gerhart.
- Dennis Graber.
- Jeff Graber.
- Daniel Guest.
- Candi Haas-Simmons.
- Mike Hale.
- Jaci Hardgrove.
- Chris Harley.
- Harry’s Tattooing and members of the Boyertown community.
- Janelle Heckman.
- Joe Hoover.
- Maribeth Huber,
- Joanne Santoliquito and students and staff of Gilbertsville Elementary School.
- Jess Kemp,
- Valerie King,
- Nancy Klock.
- Julie Longacre.
- Molly Lorenz and students and staff of Pine Forge Elementary School.
- Ed Luterio.
- Alan MacBain.
- Bob McGee.
- Diana McKee,
- Patti Milam.
- Josie Moore.
- Grace Pirog.
- Dave Plum.
- Kristin Quigley.
- Colleen Quigney and students and staff of Colebrookdale Elementary School.
- Christine Quinlin.
- Geoffrey Quinter.
- Barbara Strawser.
- Melissa Strawser.
- Jarod Strouse.
- Taylor Backes and Tibitu Glass.
- Sam Terkowski.
- Erin Wade.
- Elizabeth Wagner.
- Sue Weller.
- Bob Williams.
- Shanea Wisler.
- Sandra Wood.
- Jenn Yates.
- Karen Youse and members of The Center at Spring Street.
This peaceful, sunny
hallway at BASH and the Graber Letterin’ Bear
Fever Bear await the start of the 2005 Arts
Expo, May 7, 2005.
A closer look reveals some of the artists’ work
along the window—a pebble-topped coffee
table fashioned by Lesta Bertoia, artist for
the Custom Construction Bear; several prints;
a mini-book called “Home,” illustrated
by Barbara Strawser, artist for the Herb Real
Estate Bear. All in all, an inviting oasis
of beauty at BASH.
print found a home with Paul and Jane Stahl.
Jane and Paul buy art
for their anniversary gifts to one another;
Melissa, artist for Zuber Realty Bear, created
piece for their 37th celebration.
Christine Burnley, artist for the Leonardo
Galetto Bear, shares her passion about art and
her enthusiasm for the Bear Fever project with
Lesta Bertoia, (center)
artist for the Custom Construction Bear, brings
her friends to BASH’s
2005 Arts Expo.
Alan McBain (lft), artist
for the O’Brien-Gere
Bear and Christine Burnley, artist for the
Leonardo Galetto Bear share thoughts among
the bears of
Melissa Strawser (rt), artist for the Zuber
Realty Bear and Lesta Bertoia (lft), artist for
the Custom Construction Bear, study the techniques
and enjoy the diversity in styles of the Bear
Melissa (lft) and Barbara
(rt) Strawser enjoy a mother/ daughter of celebration
Bear Fever exhibit of their work. Melissa fashioned
the Zuber Realty Bear; Barbara created the
Herb Real Estate Bear.
Paul Stahl (lft), organizer of Bear Fever,
and Mike Hale (rt), artist for Epps Advertising
Bear, discuss the challenges of marketing and
promoting art in the Boyertown area amidst a
bear line up.
Art Lives! Melissa Strawser
(lft), Val Bertoia (center), and Barbara Strawser
the enthusiastic reception of art at BASH’s
2005 Arts Expo. Melissa fashioned the Zuber Realty
Bear; Val completed the TriCounty’s “Hal
Bear-toia” Bear and sponsored the Bertoia
Bear for Barbara who created the Herb Real