August 19, 2009

2009 TOBY Pubic Choice winners announced...

The TOBY Public Choice Award winners for 2009 have been announced, and the list goes a litttle like this:


Miniature Artist Bear, Dressed

Samantha Potter, “Grace”


Miniature Artist Bear, Undressed

Donna Griffin, “Pansy and Rosebud, the Panda Sisters”


Small Artist Bear, Dressed

Silvia Gilles, “Marcula”


Small Artist Bear, Undressed

Yoko Nakayama, “Milk”


Large Artist Bear, Dressed

Melissa Zemeski, “Captain Zinfangar”


Large Artist Bear, Undressed

Karin De Lorenzo, “Bubbele”


Artist Vignette

Karin De Lorenzo, “Be Friends? Yes we can!!!”


Artist “Friends”

Karen Lyons, “Cat and the Fiddle”


Artist Creation, Nontraditional Materials

Berta Hesen-Minten, “Elf”


Small Manufactured Bear, Dressed

The Bearington Collection, Ltd., “Ms. Abracadabra”


Small Manufactured Bear, Undressed

Gund Inc., “Zhen Zhen”


Large Manufactured Bear, Dressed

Hermann-Spielwaren GmbH, “Old Bavarian Bear”


Large Manufactured Bear, Undressed

Steiff North America, Inc., “Alexander, the Trademark Bear”


Manufactured “Friends”

Steiff North America, Inc., “Snoopy and Woodstock, the Best Friends”


Best in Show

Karin De Lorenzo, “Be Friends? Yes we can!!!”


Congratulations to all who were nominated, and an extra big round of applause to those listed above - the bears who have been chosen by the public as their favourites :o) The lucky TOBY winners were presented with their awards at the Teddy Bear Artist Invitational in Binghamton, NY last Saturday.


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