Bear O’Fair


So I live in Eastern Kentucky and am currently an intern at our local government access channel ( and we are working on interview our bear artists. You see the Artisan Alliance of Pikeville/Pike County decided that 10 large fiberglass bears that will welcome visitors to Pikeville for the next two years. Ten artists were awarded bears and each one is going to be completely different, kinda like the horses in the horse capital of the world aka Lexington, KY. Modeled after the Horse Mania art project in Lexington, the Bear O’Fair project is one of the largest public art projects in the eastern part of the state. The artisan group plans to deliver the bears to artists this week.


The following artists were selected to paint the bears:

•University of Pikeville student William Cory Adams of Paintsville will paint the community-minded “Pride Bear.”

•Versailles artist Damon Farmer will paint “Astro Bear: A Giant Leap for Bearkind.” Farmer has painted three horses for the Horse Mania community arts project. Farmer, owner of Shadetree Studios in Versailles, is a world-renowned champion sand sculptor, a painter and designer.

•Berea artist Michelle Weston will paint the bear “Aurora Bearealis.” Weston, a native of New Zealand, creates hand-blown glass vases, pumpkins and other work on display at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea and at her studio gallery, Old Town Berea.

•Big Sandy Community and Technical College student Charles Martin Mims will paint the “Musical Movement” bear. Majoring in graphic arts, Mims was the Big Sandy Idol winner from Pikeville High School in 2009 and 2010 and he is a member of the Big Sandy Singers.

•Lexington artist Linda Thacker, who painted a fiberglass wildcats for “Bobcat Madness,” will paint “Honey Bear.”

•Whitesburg artist Judith Vermillion, a Kentucky Crafted artist, will paint “Crazy Bear.”

•Artisan Alliance Board Member Tim Smith, an associate professor of art at Big Sandy Community & Technical College, will paint a bear.
•University of Pikeville supporter Curt Mullins will paint the “UPIKE bear.”

The Artisan Alliance is commissioning one bear which is going to be a UK bear

The artists will have until Aug. 1 to paint the bears, and after they are returned to the artisan alliance, a local auto body shop will clear coat them.

This fall, the bears will be auctioned with the proceeds benefiting the artisan center, and placed on display throughout the city of Pikeville for two years.

But the fun part is we have been given two weeks to interview everyone and its a headache! One week in we have four out of the ten artist down and everyone else seems to be on vacation and that is not going well for our time frame!


Below if “Crazy Bear”


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