Bearfootin' Art Walk

designed bears lined up for the reveal

 2022 Auction

The 2022 Bears are currently on Main Street!

Check out the 2022 Bear Brochure.

About Bearfootin' Art Walk

Since 2003, the Bearfootin’ Art Walk has helped raise funding for Downtown Hendersonville and a variety of local non-profits. In addition to raising funds, the bears offer a window into good work being done by community organizations in Henderson County.

The Bearfootin’ Bears arrive as blank slates before local artists transform each in a spectacular fashion, with creative themes ranging from Mona Lisa to Blue Ridge Mountain scenery. After the “Reveal” event in early May, the bears then take up residence in downtown Hendersonville for the duration of the summer and fall, up until auction. Participants bid during the auction to raise funds for local non-profits and Downtown Hendersonville. Winning bids up to $3,000 are split evenly between the downtown program and the nonprofit chosen by the sponsor, while bid amounts exceeding $3,000 are directed entirely to the non-profit. In 2021, the Bears raised more than $100,000, and in 2022 we hope to continue the tradition of giving. 

20th Annual Bearfootin' Auction Information 

2022 Auction

Since 2003, the Bearfootin' Art Walk has helped raise funds for Friends of Downtown Hendersonville and a variety of local nonprofits. The bears showcase the community's talented artists, as well as provide a window into the good work being done by nonprofits and community organizations in Henderson County.

Until 2020, the Bearfootin' auctions were hosted in traditional style with a live auctioneer. Then, in response to the pandemic, Friends of Downtown Hendersonville pivoted to a virtual format for the 2020 auction. The virtual bidding format allowed people to bid over the course of a month until a scheduled bidding cutoff. This turned out to be a big success, with the 2020 auction raising more than $84,000. The Friends continued the same bidding layout in 2021 with an added in-person event, and funds raised surpassed $100,000! 

For the 2022 Auction, the Downtown Events Team and Staff are incorporating the same virtual bidding format with an in-person event as in 2021. All bidding will be virtual and will start on September 13, 2022, continuing over the course of a month. Bidding will come to a close with an in-person celebration on Saturday, October 15 from 4-6pm, with all bidding closing at 6pm. The in-person event is open to the public and will take place at the Historic Courthouse Plaza in downtown Hendersonville.


What You Need to Know About the 2022 Bearfootin' Bear Auction:  

  1. All bidding will occur virtually via the auction website. There will be no in-person bidding. All bidding ends at 6pm EST on October 15, 2022.
  2. Bidding begins on September 13, 2022. It’s free to register, and you can bid anytime between September 13 and the deadline at 6pm on October 15. All initial bids will take place via the website. Once you've begun bidding, you will have the ability to submit additional bids via text message. Bidders will receive automatic text notification if they are outbid with the option to submit a new bid.  
  3. There will be an outdoors, in-person Auction Celebration on October 15 from 4-6pm at the Historic Courthouse Plaza on the 100 block of Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. The event will have a lively atmosphere with bells and cheers at each incoming bid. The event is free and open to the public. While there will be no in-person bidding at the event, attendees can bid live via their cell phone. There will be a registration booth to help attendees get registered and begin bidding if they have not already registered ahead of time.
  4. There will be no proxy bidding. Bidders will receive automatic text notification if they are outbid with the option to submit a new bid. There is no option for reserve/proxy bids, meaning you can’t set a price that the system will automatically bid for you. If you are outbid, you will need to place a higher bid if you wish to continue.   
  5. Starting bids for all bears will be $1,500 and minimum bid increments are $100.  
  6. Any bear can be purchased ahead of the bidding deadline at our "Buy Now" price of $10,000. The "Buy Now" option ends Thursday, October 13 at 5 p.m. 
    Please note: If you are interested in purchasing a bear using the BUY NOW function, please note that it WILL charge your credit card immediately. If you do not wish to pay via credit card, please contact ASAP and we will arrange payment options.
  7. Bidders do not have to attend the in-person event to be a winning bidder, but winning bidders are encouraged to pick up their the evening of October 15. 
  8. Winning bidders will be contacted regarding payment and picking up their bear via text and email. Bears can be picked up at the event, or during a scheduled “pick up window” the week following the event. Winners have 5 days to pay or they will be automatically charged on the credit card filed. Alternatively, winners can pay with cash or check. There will be a 2.95% processing fee on all credit card transactions. 

Thanks to our 2022 Bearfootin'  Art Walk Sponsor:

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2023 Sponsor Interest

Our 2022 bears are all spoken for!

Interested in becoming a bear sponsor for 2023? Email for more information.


20th Anniversary Bear Hunt

2022 marks 20 years of Downtown Hendersonville's Bearfootin' Art Walk! Each year, the program combines local artists, nonprofits and the community to create an interactive art walk downtown, and raise funds for our community. In 2021, we had our biggest auction to date, raising $102,000 for 20 nonprofit organizations.

Now, we're on a hunt to track down the location of our bears over the years and asking YOU to help us out!

Fill out the form if you own a bear, or just spot one in the wild!

Note - for a few years there were painted Apples and Goats! Please feel free to include those too!

Find the bears!