Bacchus Bear by Theresa Rowe Obert
2018 Cairo Bear #23
Sponsored by: Spirits of Cairo
Description: “Bacchus Bear” was suggested by its sponsor, Spirits of Cairo. After viewing several artists’ versions of Bacchus, the Roman God of Wine, this design was formed for The Bears Are Back project. It looks like a marble statue of a bruin with a wreath of grapes on his head, wearing an ivy sash, and draped in a grapevine stole. A small wine cask is nearby as he holds a large goblet ready to imbibe.
About the Artist: Theresa Rowe Obert looks forward to the return of the bears in Cairo . She grew up in Greene County , graduated from Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School , Ladycliff College and Fordham University holding a B.S. in Art and M.S. in Education. After teaching elementary art and academic subjects for a number of years, she was a freelance artist for publishing companies, taught adult ed. classes and worked with senior citizens. Although she now lives in Connecticut , she has been participating in public art projects in The Hudson Valley for several years. She painted cats for Catskill, ducks for Greenville , train engines for Ravena-Coeymans, owls for Coxsackie, Rip VanWinkle statues on the Mountaintop, plus various pieces for Saugerties, and, of course bears. In 2011, Theresa exhibited “Twinkle Bear” and “Baby Bear” as well as “Super Bear” who makes an appearance on Main Street each summer.