Easthampton Bear Fest Auction: A Success!

Posted September 28th, 2012

Bear Fest AuctionThe 2012 Bear Fest Gala and Auction took place on the evening of Thursday, September 20th at the Log Cabin and was a huge success. Guests donned their finest and were treated to a night filled with food, fun, and excitement. The Easthampton City Arts+ Committee is proud to announce that over $50,000 was raised. Proceeds from the auction go towards arts education, artists, and ECA+.

During the Bear Fest Auction paddles flew, good spirited competitive bidding was had, and bears were won. Winning the highest bid was artist Crystal Popko’s Luminous Bear, sold for $4,150. Popko’s work continues to be popular — her bear won the highest bid in the 2009 Bear Fest Auction. Other notable winning bids were Wade Clement’s Beehive Beardo going for $3,000, Amalia FourHawks won for $2,900, and Victoria Chapman’s Spirit Bear sold for $2,751.

The silent bidding of the 18-inch table top bears, decorated by students in Easthampton, Southampton, and Westhampton, continued after the live auction. Top selling baby bears were A-mazing Bear by Christianna Gardner of Easthampton High School and Bumble Bear by Cole Crouch of White Brook Middle School, both going for $500 or more. The total funds raised by the table top bears will go back to the public school art programs of Easthampton, Southampton, and Westhampton.

Easthampton City Arts+ and the Bear Fest committee would like to thank the Greater Easthampton Community and beyond for their unwavering support of Bear Fest , beginning with the Unveiling in June to the Auction in September. The 2012 Easthampton Bear Fest was made possible by generous sponsors, talented artists, dedicated volunteers, and tremendous community support.

Awarded funds from the Bear Fest Auction will be announced during the ECA+ annual Light Up the Arts Holiday Bash on December 6th, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Historic Town Hall located at 43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA. This event is open to the public and the community is invited to attend.

Image by Pat Brough


The 2012 Bear Fest Live Auction Winning Bids

A Bear in Sheep’s Clothing $900
Artie Bear $375
Bear Crossing $750
Bear HeART $575
Bear in Landscape $575
Bearing the Fruits of the Harvest $2,900
Bearly Giggling  $375
Beehive Beardo  $3,000
Birch Bear $800
Clown Bear $450
Dia Del Oso Muerto $775
From Ribbons to Thorns  $1,525
Fun & Games Bear $600
Gilda Bear $550
Go Figure! $600
Klimt Bear $550
Luminous Bear $4,150
Michelangelo’s Long Lost Captive Bear $600
Old School Biker Bear $375
Paisley Bear $400
Patches $616
Pete $675
Pieces and Patches $525
Rainbow Spot $500
Re-Pete $600
Respect Your Mother $1,025
Shakesbear $500
Spirit Bear $2,751
SteamPunk Bear $700
Steel Clad Bear $975
Stuart Bear $1,000
Sunny Bear’s Picnic $400
The 41st Bear $800
The Artist $800
The Bear Truth $775
Ursa Major $675
Viva Easthampton! $700
Whimsey Wilbear $700
Winter’s Lament  $600

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