So....this Sunday, I went to the Quinlan Teddy Bear (and Dolly) Show in Philadelphia!!! What a lovely time! I only went for Sunday, but the artists and their bears were phenomenal! Of course, I had to buy a subscription to Teddy Bear Times (from the UK, now in the U.S. and sold at Barnes and Noble! no kidding!) I have to say the magazine is gorgeous and filled with great articles!
I had a chance to meet and talk to a lot of artists and ask questions. It was fascinating and great fun. (I still can't get over Joanne Livingston's Desert Mountain Bears! They are true incredible works of art. Cindy McGuire's bears -- fabulous! Sharon Barron bears -- wow! By the end of the day, my head was spinning! There were also some tables of gently used manufactured bears like Steiff and artist bears and many other affordable bears sold for the charity Good Bears of the World as well. Lovely!
Below are the new additions to by hug, a gently used giant 23-inch Stier Bear and a lovely lamb named Agnes from the Teddy Bear Barn by artist Allen Hsu! (She is stuffed with excelsior so is very light!) Too cute!
I would encourage artists and collectors alike to go next year!
I love your new adoptees, Esther (especially the big bear ) and I would dearly love to visit the Quinlan show.
I saw several pictures of Joanne's bears at the show and one day I hope to be able to adopt one of her wonderful creatures.
Sharon Barron's bears are among my favourites too: I have a few very large ones in my hug.
I know what you mean about your head spinning; I always feel the same after a visit to the Hugglets show in London or one of the shows in Germany; but it's a good feeling.
Man I'd love to go to that show. Did they have more bears than the Nashville Doll and Bear Show had? I can personally attest to the epicness that is Cindy McGuire's bears as there is one who lives on my bed. I'd also give my eyeballs for a Desert Mountain Bear. Joanne, have you got any more bears left from the show?