Photos courtesy of The Plush Bear’s Story
Anniversaries are special, aren’t they? It’s fantastic to be able to sit down, light a candle on a cake (or a cupcake, if you’re not that hungry), and recall one’s accomplishments and achievements. It’s funny how certain numbers tend to carry more weight when anniversaries are considered. The fifth anniversary resonates so much more than the fourth or the sixth. Isn’t that strange? But people — and greeting-card companies, especially — like to make a fuss over the years that key into the number 5. (Numerologists out there, any theories why?) So, in that spirit, here is a look at the work of Elena Penzeva, a Ukrainian bear artist who is marking her fifth year in the bear business, now in 2016.