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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Sculptor hopes to evoke joy with BearFest statue


Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Anne Luetkemeyer stands next to her sculpture, "Honeysuckle," at the Nolan Center. The sculpture is for this year's BearFest and took Luetkemeyer about three months to carve and build.

What's the recipe for sculpting a bear? Add one part encouragement, one part planning, two parts materials, one part inspiration, ruminate for two years, then take three months to cut away everything that doesn't look like a bear.

This year's BearFest statue, entitled "Honeysuckle," was created by Anne Luetkemeyer, an artist who leaned on her industrial background to carve the piece.

Two years ago, Sylvia Ettefagh, chairperson of BearFest, asked Luetkemeyer if she would create a bear statue for the annual event. Luetkemeyer agreed and began looking for welding equipment with the thought she...

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