Artful Bears make their debut

Locals and tourists mingle with the artists who created this year's Black Bear beauties


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  • Film critic John DeLeo with Bob Keiber, executive director of the Black Bear Film Festival, and festival board member Jerry Weinstock in front of the Community House during the Artful Bear debut (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Zoey Marquis with her mother, Michelle, and her splendid bear creation (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Ava Nienstadt with "Hollywood Bear," which she co-created with More Bogdonas. Both are Delaware Valley High School students (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Lauryn de Leeuw created “Love Garden Bear” (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • “Flower Power Bear” created by Holly Makitra (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • “A Bear Called Skip,” created by Barbara, Frank, and Amy Eisenberg (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • “A Bear called Holmes/Torn” created by Kathleen Marinaccio (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Marcia K. Monaco created “Lady Lavender Bear” (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • “Theo The Therapy Bear” created by Access Physical Therapy (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Ernie Kara played “Songs I Wish I Wrote” and lots of other tunes from the ‘50s to today (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • The executive director of the Black Bear Film Festival, Bob Keiber, shares treats (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • People came to see the new bears, meet the artists, and visit with friends. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




By Frances Ruth Harris

— The Artful Bears have returned to Milford, resplendent in the rain, which didn't stop admirers from showing up in force on Saturday.

Many local residents and tourists came to see the debut of these delightful works of art, and to meet the artists who created them. Jerry Weinstock, a member of the Black Bear Film Festival board of directors, helped connect artists with admirers. The Artful Bears both enliven Milford and promote the film festival, held every October. Weinstock commented on the beauty of the bears and the wealth of films that the festival brings to Pike County.

Bob Keiber, Black Bear executive director, offered delicious treats at the bears' debut.

Young artist Zoey Marquis and her mother, Michelle, were delighted to meet the people who came out — especially the many admirers enchanted by Zoey's "Baby Bear."

Bids on the bears will be taken during a silent auction under the tent behind Hotel Fauchere during the festival weekend, Oct. 19 to 21. For festival information visit blackbearfilm.com.

Where are the bears?The bears will be on display now through the October festival at various locations around the borough:

1. A Bear Called Skip, Barbara, Frank & Amy Eisenberg

Key Food, 501 West Harford Street

2. Lady Lavendar, Marcia K. Monaco

Jorgenson’s at The Dimmick Inn, Broad & Harford Streets

3. Mandala Bear, Tracy Dentico

Davis R. Chant Realtors, 106 East Harford Street

4. Theo the Therapy Bear, Access Physical Therapy Progressive Health

Access Physical Therapy Progressive Health, 112 East Harford Street

5. Baby Bear, Zoey Marquis

Shakespeare & Associates. 214 East Harford Street

6. Flower Power, Holly Makitra

Jive Bar, 319 Broad Street

7. Holmes/Torn, Kathleen Marinaccio

Karenina’s Antiques, Broad Street

8. Constellations, Cera Alber school age class, Green Trees Early Learning Center

Hotel Fauchere, 401 Broad Street Sponsor: Litzenberger Foundation

9. Hollywood Bear, Ava Nienstadt and Jore Bagdonas, DVHS Students

Milford Chryser, 500 US Route 6

10. Dela-Bear River, Delaware Highlands Conservancy

Walmart, 220 US Route 6

11. Love Garden, Lauryn de Leeuw

Welcome Center Route 6/209 off 84 Matamoras














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