Kathy and Chuck Steffes of Bearly a Memory approached us to help with a project for the Steiff on the Mountain Festival which will take place the weekend of October 13-14, 2007, at the Galax Recreation Center.  Kathy and Chuck were so impressed with the children’s painted chairs for this year’s Chair-ity Auction they asked if we could interest our local artists to paint, sculpt, draw, etc. art works with a bear motif  to auction at their Stieff on the Mountain Festival.  Kathy told me that she had many objects (which she would donate) in storage at her store that would be suitable for painting with a bear theme.  They are not interested in making money on the auction, but would just like to have it as an extra attraction at their festival.  They told me that many “bear” collectors attend this event and spend large amounts on bear collectibles.  

Bearly A Memory is closed until September 11th so if you wanted to paint one of their objects you would have to wait until they return.  The phone number at their store is 276-238-0555.  I would also like your thought s on whether or not each artist should set an opening bid minimum.

Once the Steffes return from vacation I will set up a meeting with them to determine when the arts works would need to be delivered, etc.  I look forward to hearing from you and please feel free to forward this email to any friends or colleagues you think might be interested in participating.


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