Bearfootin’ Bear Auction Countdown Concludes on Saturday October 15

Bidding for the 2022 Bearfootin’ Art Walk continues until October 15 at 6pm.  

After a successful pivot from a traditional live auction to a virtual auction which raised more than $84,000 in 2020 and $100,000 in 2021, the Friends of Downtown Hendersonville continued the virtual bidding format in 2022, with 7 bears already purchased and the total raised over $96,000 with a week remaining. 

To celebrate the final hours of the auction, the public is invited to a countdown event on October 15 at the Historic Courthouse Square on Main Street from 4:30 pm until 6:00 pm. Attendees and bidders will meet the bears while enjoying live music, beer, wine, and other refreshments. The event hosts will guide participants through the evening, announcing incoming bids amid charming commentary. While there won’t be voice call bidding at the event, attendees will be able to bid live via cell phone and can ask for setup assistance at a designated registration table. 

How to bid: 

  1. Go to: or 
  2. Select bear and click "bid now.”
  3. Bidders will enter name, cell phone, credit card, email address and mailing address.
  4. Bidders will make their desired bids, starting at $1,500 with a minimum bid of $100. A buy it now price is available for $10,000.
  5. 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 5:00 pm. 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.
  6. The auction software will send a text confirmation of bids and a notification if outbid.

For the final week leading up to the auction, the bears will find their way to the Historic Courthouse Plaza.  

Interested in taking a bear home? We have 13 bears remaining! Bid or buy now before the auction concludes on October 15! 

Healing Together, current bid: $1500 
Sponsor: Meliora Cabinetry  
Artist: Andrea Leigh  
Nonprofit Beneficiary: Safelight  

Yona and Lily, current bid: $1500 
Sponsor: H4Y Board of Directors  
Artist Name: Linda Allen  
Nonprofit Beneficiary: Homes for Youth  

Iris, current bid: $1500 
Sponsors: Attorney's Title, Homestead, Moe's Original Bar B Que, RE/MAX Results, Sherman's Sports and Army Store  
Artist: Natalie Bennett  
Nonprofit Beneficiary: Henderson County Hunger Coalition  

Love Bug, current bid: $1500 
Sponsor: Troy Drake & Danny Wiley  
Artist: Kay Rose Sloat  
Nonprofit Beneficiary: PFLAG Hendersonville 

A-“Flora”-ble Housing, current bid: $1600 
Sponsor: Hendersonville Board of REALTORS of Henderson and Polk Counties  
Artist Name: Shayna Landreth  
Nonprofit Beneficiary: Housing Assistance Corporation   

Benny the Benevolent, current bid: $1700  
Sponsor: The Lucy Clark Studio & Gallery  
Artist Name: Maureen Chapman  
Nonprofit Beneficiary: Community Foundation of Henderson County  

Haven & Bloom, current bid: $2300 
Sponsor: Margaret Stallings Arnold & Ed Arnold  
Artist Name: Heidi Mayfield  
Nonprofit Beneficiary: Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County  

Protect-and-Serve, current bid: $3000  
Sponsor- Bridge Church-Hendersonville  
Artist Name- Elizabeth Pooler  
Nonprofit Beneficiary- First Responder Ministry-Henderson County 

Take The Road Less Traveled, current bid: $2700 
Sponsor: Burlett Painting, LLC  
Artist Name: Dee Ballenger  
Nonprofit Beneficiary: Hendersonville Family YMCA  

Charley, current bid: $2350  
Sponsor: Kelly Green  
Artist: Richard Norris  
Nonprofit Beneficiary: Council on Aging  

Barbara in Bloom, current bid: $2250 
Sponsor: Nancy & Robert Rice  
Artist: Natalie Ray  
Nonprofit Beneficiary: Project Dignity of WNC  

Dr. Shriner Bear, current bid: $2000 
Sponsor: Hendersonville Shrine Club  
Artist Name: Kevin Burns  
Nonprofit Beneficiary: The Shriners Childrens Hospitals   

Mad Mountain Mama Bear, current bid $3700 
Sponsor: ShareWell Coffee Co. & Roastery  
Artist: Jazz Rode  
Nonprofit Beneficiary: True Ridge