CowParade figures to be replicated for fundraiser

Jan. 13, 2013 @ 03:37 PM

Dozens of people piled into Morgan Imports on Gregson Street on Saturday to see which six of the 80 hand-painted cows featured as part of CowParade NC would be chosen for replication in miniature and sold as part of the ongoing fundraising effort for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. 

Visitors didn’t have to guess for long.

There was one large, life-sized bovine clue just inside the doorway of the upscale retailer where “Cowalina Dogwood” proudly stood all decked out in the state flower.

Sponsored by UNC Health Care and Rex Hospital, artist Molly Brown said in her description of the cow that she hoped children would see it and want to touch the cow, which stood at JC Penney in North Hills Mall during the parade’s four-month display period.

“Cowalina Dogwood” and the other five cows will be sold in miniature form at Morgan Imports and other retailers throughout the country beginning in a few weeks.

“The cows will be reproduced in mass quantities,” said Crystal Miller, spokesperson for CowParade NC.

Miller said all of the life-sized cows will be auctioned off Feb. 2 during a ceremony at Progress Energy Center in Raleigh hosted by designer Alexander Julian and his wife, Meagan.

The release of the miniature cows will be staggered, with first honors going to “Cowpernicus Cow,” which pays homage to Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and his work “On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres,” in which he determined that the sun is the center of the universe instead of the widely help belief at the time that the earth was the universe’s center.

Artist Beth Hallyburton was excited at the news that “Cowpernicus Cow,” sponsored by Golden Belt, was chosen to be the first cow replicated.

The replica will cost $75.99 and buyers will have an opportunity to have it signed by the artist at Morgan Imports when it arrives. 

“I am over the moon,” Hallyburton said. “I’m just thrilled. It really is an honor when you consider all of the tremendous cows.”

Artist Jenn Hales of Raleigh was also proud of her cow “Meet La Catrina, which is covered in bones and flowers. Hales was inspired by the Latin celebration Day of the Dead.

“It’s really rewarding,” Hales said of the cow sponsored by Howard Merrell and Partners. “I’m glad to be a part of the fundraising to help the children’s hospital.”

Freeman Beard had two entries in CowParade NC.

His “Daisy” was selected as one of the six to be replicated.

“I’m honored,” Beard said. “It’s a simple design. I tried to make a cow that appears as friendly as possible.”

“Daisy was sponsored by Beard’s former employer WTVD 11 where he worked for 37 years and served as art director.

His second cow, “Meet the Durham Traveler,” depicting the Durham skyline and other parts of the city, was sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Steven Ray Miller’s “Heartstanding Cow” is covered in 701 hearts and is dedicated to his parents.

“I have been putting hearts in my paintings since 1978,” Miller wrote in his description of the work. “She is dedicated to my mom and dad. My dad was a great salesman, who sold his business to Borden’s in the 1960s. My mom is still an active knitter, who pays great attention to detail and is very productive.”

Andria Linn’s “Meet Birtha,” the design of which she took from one of her original paintings titled “Welcome To This World,” will also be replicated.

Wrapped in colorful flowers and representing joy for life, Birtha was sponsored by donations from private citizens, making it the first in CowParade history to be sponsored by a group of individuals rather than a company or organization.

The state’s Children’s Hospital works with community hospitals and pediatricians across the state to provide specialty care to more than 70,000 children from all of North Carolina’s 100 counties.