November 16, 2016

Mary Lynn Polano
Presented by Artists on Elgin
December 1 - 29

A Teddy Bear Christmas is open to the public at Artists on Elgin for the month of December. The reception will be held on Saturday, December 3 from 1 to 4 pm.
A Teddy Bear Christmas showcases the whimsy and skill of Mary Lynn Polano in handmade bears, bunnies, and other characters fashioned from previously-loved fur coats.
Mary Lynn's creations take approximately 40 hours to bring to life. From choosing the fabrics and the pattern, to giving the bears moveable limbs and dressing them up, each stage contributes to the development of the furry companion's character. Mary Lynn explains that "each bear comes into existence, during its creation, with its own unique personality. While I imagine the general end result of each bear, it is the bear itself who shows me his or her personality".
Before the bears are ready to join their new homes, they must be given names. "Everyone deserves to have their own name, even bears!" Mary Lynn says. "Sometimes I think of a name as I'm creating the face and it suits the bear so well that it cannot have any other name..." Marshmallow, Wellington, Violet, and Wilfred, are but some of the names chosen for the furry friends in A Teddy Bear Christmas.
The public is encouraged to attend the opening reception where Mary Lynn will be present for a meet and greet.
Mary Lynn Polano lives in Lively, Ontario. She grew up watching the generations of women in her family create various arts and crafts and learned to sew as a young child. Creating handmade, one-of-a-kind toys provides her a retreat from a hectic world. Mary Lynn is member of Artists on Elgin.
Artists on Elgin is located at 168 Elgin Street, and is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Artists on Elgin is a project of its parent organization, The Northern Artist Gallery, where artists can exhibit, promote and sell their work in an attractive and professional gallery space. Artists on Elgin aims to build mutually beneficial partnerships between the artists and the community by addressing the business and marketing needs of the local art industry. Artists on Elgin is the ideal place to find that perfect gift for any occasion. Visit us online at, or visit our Facebook Page.

A Teddy Bear Christmas is proudly sponsored by Sudbury Credit Union.