Mentor Rocks the Bears

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The City of Mentor along with the Community Arts Commission proudly presents Mentor Rocks the Bears!

Ten Lake County Artists have been selected to decorate a 3’ tall dancing bear which are on display throughout the City of Mentor through the end of August. The Bears will then be auctioned off at our Auction Gala on September 14 at the Mentor Senior Center. Additional details to come!

Love Me Tender

27,000 Glass Bugle Beads, 200 Ft of Beading Thread, 1 Gallon of Clear Gorilla Glue

Maria Armijo

Location: Mentor Civic Amphitheater

20 Bears


Britta Franz

Location: Edward Walsh Park

King of the Marsh

Polymer, Epoxy, Airbrush, Acrylics

By Cat Swartz

Location: Eleanor Garfield Park

The Majestic Bear

Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paint

By Dorothy Giesert

Location: Black Brook Golf Course

Terre Bear

Acrylic Paint, Rocks from Mentor Headlands, Concrete

By Beth Gregerson

Location: Matchworks Building

Woodland Bear

Acrylic Paint, Polymer Clay, Apoxie Sculpt

By Tracy Parsons

Location: Wildwood Cultural Center

Real Heroes Don’t Wear Capes

Acrylic Paint

By Joan Milligan

Location: Mentor Fire Station Five

The Great She-Bear

Acrylic Paint, Golf Leafing, Paint Pen

By  Lauren Heuer

Location: Mentor Public Library

Carmine Bearanda

Paper Clay, Golden Acrylic Paint, Lascoux Varnish

By Leslie Edwards Humez

Location: Mentor Senior Center

I Can’t Bear a Day Without Honey

Latex House Paint, Acrylic Paint, Spray Paint, Flo-trol, Epoxy Clay, Solar Lights, Buttons, Brass Rivets, Buckles, Ribbon, Plastic Flower Pot, Acrylic Plastic, Wood

By Cyndi Konopka

Location: Mentor Ice Arena

Mentor Rocks the Bears Gala & Auction

The City of Mentor and the Mentor Community Arts Commission will host the city’s first ever public art gala and auction on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the Mentor Senior Center.

Ten bear sculptures designed and painted by Lake County artists have beautified Mentor’s parks, buildings, golf course, and library, this summer as part of “Mentor Rocks the Bears”. Now, art lovers have an opportunity to own one of these limited-edition sculptures.

The evening’s festivities include:

  • A meet and greet with the artists behind Mentor Rocks the Bears
  • A Tex-Mex dinner provided by Moe’s of Mentor
  • The auction of the Rock the Bears sculptures led by auctioneer Pamela Morse
  • The opportunity to paint a bear of one’s own on canvas
  • Announcement of the winners of the “Mentor Rocks the Bears” passport contest
  • A performance by local rock band, Risk Factor
  • Chinese auction

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased by calling the Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735. 21 and over only, please.


  • 5:30 PM Doors Open
  • 6:00 PM Artist Meet & Greet
  • 6:30 PM Dinner
  • 7:00 PM Risk Factor Performance
  • 8:00 PM Auction

The Mentor Senior Center is located at 8484 Munson Road.

Mentor Rocks the Bears Passport

Take a tour of this citywide, immersive public art project. Visit them all for a chance to win a prize from the Community Arts Commission. Download or pick up your passport from the Wildwood Cultural Center.  Deliver your completed passport to Wildwood Cultural Center.

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor
Collision Custom Restorations
(440) 974-0670 

Gold Sponsor
Odd World Studio – Johnny Joo
(440) 391-3989

Learn More!

Download a copy of the Rock the Bears Brochure for additional information on our artists and sponsors!

Share the Bears!

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