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May 31, 2015


New app ready to help you hunt, vote for bears

Lafayette — It's time to roar for your favorite bears!

The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette invites the public to use its new I-Phone app to vote for the best of the 37 bears stationed around the downtown and West Lafayette.

The free app, "Art Museum of Greater Lafayette-Events," provides a map and gallery. The app allows you to hunt for the bears by location or by photo using the map and gallery icons at the bottom of the screen. The map helps you not only find the bears but also allows you to keep track of ones you've visited. The gallery provides photos of the bears. Both will lead you to information about the artist and the sponsor.

Click "like" on the pages for your favorite bears to vote. The one that scores the most votes will win the Public's Choice award. That award plus Best of Show will be announced Oct. 3, at which time the bears not already sponsored will be auctioned.

Local professional artists and school children painted the bears, which will be on display until early September. The walking bears stand 4 feet tall and more than 5 feet long. The seated bears are the same height and 3 feet in diameter. The fiberglass animals were produced by Cowpainters LLC, of Chicago, which has assisted with more than 500 public art projects like this.

In the past, the museum-sponsored event has produced frogs, hogs and dogs.

Diamond Sponsor: Bob Rohrman Auto Group (two lions). Sapphire Sponsor: Michael Richard Raisor Foundation Inc. (one tiger). Platinum Sponsors: DeFouw Chevrolet; the City of Lafayette; the City of West Lafayette; Westminster Village; Cargill Inc.; M. P. Baker Electric Inc.; Kirby Risk Corp.; Jim and Lisa Schrader; Reed and Company, PC; Holder Law Office; Long Companies and Tom and Susan McCully; United Way-Read to Succeed; Lafayette Limo; GLPTC City Bus; Arni’s; Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health; Southwestern Middle School; Steve and Terri Reed; Timberstone Homes; Muinzer Moving and Storage; Purdy Concrete; Lausch Photography; Mulhaupt’s; Fairfield Contractors; Awards Unlimited; Just Natalie Design; Cellaflora Software Development. Gold Sponsors: Bennett, Boehning and Clary LLP; Lifelong Fitness; Bison Financial; Huth Thompson; John and Debby Cusack; La-Z-Boy Furniture; Lafayette Community Bank; Williamson Eye Institute; Adrian Glatz Memorial Fund; Regions Bank; Keystone Architecture; Lafayette Bank and Trust; Sheila and Vic Klinker; John and Prella McBride. Silver Sponsors: Coldwell Banker Shook; Evonik Industries; INOK; 1st Source Bank; and Heart of Art patrons. Other Sponsors: Mather Vision Group; Kiwanis Club; JR Kelly Construction.

Artists are Lorie Amick, LaDonna Vohar, Rebecca Brody, Tom Blumling, Zach Medler, Sandy Daniel, Rena Brower, Jill Baker, Janet Ivas, Jeff Klinker, Darlene Mitchell, Dave Sattler, Angela Vinson, Jessica Reseigh, Ashley Phillips, Rachel Witt, Edward Trover, Steve Vaughan, Bonnie Zimmer, Lincoln Luehmann, Jeri Artz, Judy Titche, Louie Laskowski, Stacy Bogan, Erin Hamrich, Nicole Paraskevas, Bobbi Smith, Ken Klim, Gabrielle Sincich, Jen Tordill, Sara Furbush, Morgan Assay, Elizabeth Lincourt, Sharon Owens, Kellsi Luehmann, and students from the Battleground and Wea Ridge middle schools, Burnett Creek Elementary School, Melinda Gilbert's Jefferson High School U.S. history and government classes, and the McCutcheon High School National Art Honor Society.


Contact Information:

Kendall Smith, executive director of the art museum: office: (765)742-1128, cell: 765-427-0675 ,


Web sites:

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