(WBNG Binghamton) The Teddy Bear Artist Invitational, one of the premier events showcasing teddy bear artists in the United States, will be held August 16-18, 2012 at The Riverwalk Hotel located at 225 Water Street in Binghamton.
According to a news release:
You are invited to join worldwide leading artist and fellow collectors from across the country and around globe as TBAI presents extraordinary bear and animal art for purchase.
This years' show with an "Any Occasion Will Do" theme, opens with an ice cream social and old fashioned sock hop on Thursday, August 16th. This reception is from 7-10pm and is open to the public with advance registration. Donations are requested for the zoo.
The showcased teddy bear artists have been invited to create one-of-a-kind pieces that represent a special occasion for a gallery show and sale on Friday.
Friday's gallery offers the first chance to purchase these one-of-a-kind creations. Some of the occasions you will see represented besides the anticipated holidays are a dinner invitation, a first birthday, getting out the vote, building sand castles, and welcoming home a soldier. An evening of visiting with the artists and fellow collectors concludes with an elegant dinner. and awards ceremony.
Over 50 international renowned artists are featured at the show open to the public on Saturday, August 18. More fun convention activities throughout the event will include a trip to the Roberson Museum and Science Center, gallery show and sale, banquet dinner, Teddy Bear & Friends magazines presentation of the 2012 People's Choice TOBY awards, and a cookout at Ross Park Zoo which require advance registration and fees.
The weekend’s fun also serves as a fundraiser that supports Binghamton Ross Park Zoo and its endangered species programs. Portions of the proceeds from the ice cream social reception, the gallery sale, and general admission from the show support these endeavors.
Register for an event or get more information on TBAI by contacting Cindy Malchoff, TBAI chairman, at http://www.TBAI.org or 518-562-4076 or 518-578-0006