The 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.