Originally created in 2003, Evergreen introduced BearFest with 20 life-sized, fiberglass bears displayed as public artwork in downtown Grants Pass. The bears were such a hit that Evergreen commissioned local artists to create more bears in 2004, 2005, 2010, 2014-today.
Throughout BearFest over 182 have been created. Half of the bears have been auctioned to raise over $250,000 for local nonprofits. Evergreen shares the remaining bears as public artwork that can be seen on the streets of Grants Pass during the summer and at Evergreen's Bear Hotel the rest of the year.
Above: "Pierre Bear and Petite Monique," by artists Del and Veronica Hearn
BEAR HOTEL TOURS:
Tours of Evergreen's Bear Hotel are available Monday through Friday by appointment at no charge. To schedule a tour call Evergreen Federal Bank at:
(541) 479-3351 and ask for tours at the Bear Hotel.
Bear Hotel: 2101 Spalding Ave., Grants Pass, OR 97526
Above: "Slick," by artists Eric Wonsyld and Jon Peterman; Middle,"Farmer Brown and Brewster the Rooster," by artists Paul Brown and Bob Eding; Left:"Buttercup," by artists Del Hearn and VacieAnna Berry