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Beau Dunn Teams Up with BEARPAW for Side Project


Citrus Heights, CA, May 24, 2013 --(PR.com)-- BEARPAW Footwear, a global leader in footwear, collaborates with Hollywood “it” girl Beau Dunn for the second installment of the SIDE Project, as part of the art initiative Creative Expressions by BEARPAW. The SIDE Project is the brand’s initiative to partner with individuals with talents in the music, athletic and entertainment worlds, but also have a deeply intrinsic passion for art.

Dunn’s 5-piece collection will be auctioned off to support The Art of Elysium, a non-profit organization that Dunn has worked with for several years. The model and actress, who, prior to the collaboration, was a long time BEARPAW fan, explains, “I was really excited about the opportunity to incorporate all my favorite things into one…this was a no brainer to me.” “The decision to partner with Beau was easy,” echoes BEARPAW CEO Tom Romeo. “She’s already part of the BEARPAW family…it’s all coming full circle,” Romeo explains.

Dunn, whose penchant for the arts spreads well beyond acting, took on the project with open arms. The avid painter and mixed media artist had never worked on shoes before and says the project, “was a really fun and interesting process.” After BEARPAW approached Dunn to design a special grouping, she decided to go with a high heel concept and drew from her favorite heels for inspiration.

Dunn has worked closely with children with serious illnesses at The Art of Elysium for many years, and has too been diagnosed with the disease Lipdema since 2011. “Working with the children at The Art of Elysium has been life changing. Battling with illness myself, I can relate on many levels and together we share our love for the arts. It's extremely therapeutic for all,” says the star.

The shoes are currently being auctioned on Ebay. A full interview with Beau Dunn about the collaboration can be viewed at www.BEARPAWStyle.com.

About BEARPAW:
Tom Romeo founded the BEARPAW brand in 2001 with the intention of redefining casual footwear by creating comfortable, stylish and fashion forward footwear. BEARPAW has carved out a niche area by provide customers with comfort and sensibility to set itself apart. From slippers to boots to casual footwear, only the finest materials are used to produce BEARPAW Footwear. By using the highest standards of craftsmanship BEARPAW can deliver the most stylish footwear while ensuring complete comfort. BEARPAW is available at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Famous Footwear and Lady’s Footlocker. www.bearpaw.com

About BEARPAW’S SIDE Project:
SIDE Project is the third installment of Creative Expressions by BEARPAW. SIDE Project is the brand’s initiative to partner with individuals with talents in the music, athletic and entertainment worlds, but also have a deeply intrinsic passion for art. http://www.bearpaw.com/creative/side

About BEAU DUNN:
Beau Dunn is a Los Angeles- based model, actress, and contemporary artist, known for her buzz worthy photography, sculptures and paintings inspired by the paradox of childhood innocence, materialism, and consumerism. In 2010, Dunn had her first group exhibition at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art in Malibu, California. She released her "Plastic” series of Barbie portraits at the Art of Elysium “Pieces of Heaven,” event located at the ACE Museum in Los Angeles. Beau’s Barbie portrait caught the eye of actor David Arquette whom even joined in on the bidding of a Beau Dunn’s photograph in hopes to win a gift for his daughter Coco.

A Pepperdine alum, Dunn is also a favorite of some of the world’s foremost fashion photographers, and has been the “face” of such coveted modeling campaigns for Smashbox Cosmetics, Sketchers, Pravana Hair Care, Raw Minerals, and Jade Iredale Cosmetics. Additionally, Dunn has appeared in hit shows like “Entourage,” “Up All Night,” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

Learn more about Beau Dunn at:
www.BeauDunn.com
www.BeauDunnArt.com
www.Instagram.com/BeauDunn
www.Twitter.com/MissBeauDunn

About The Art of Elysium
The Art of Elysium is a "Full-Circle" model for non-profit fundraising. By enlisting the unique talents of actors, directors, musicians, writers, fine artists, and fashion designers, the foundation brings the healing power of art into the lives of children suffering from critical illness. With the help of volunteer support, and the strategic investment of time and energy into profitable artistic endeavors, it does so in a way that is cost-efficient, sustainable and artistically compelling. The four, year-round programs that constitute the Full-Circle model are: Elysium Collections (fashion design), Elysium Project (fine arts), Elysium Sessions (music), and Elysium Industry (film and theatre). Each provides free programming for hospitalized children by working artists, and offers platforms for those artists to showcase their talent and support the organization financially. http://www.theartofelysium.org/

BEARPAW Media Contact:
Christina Lara
American Rebel PR
323.303.9149
christina@americanrebelpr.com

Beau Dunn Media Contact:
Dana Johnson
Dana Johnson PR
310-736-1727
Dana@DanaJohnsonPR.com

The Art of Elysium Media Contact:
Allison Beck
National Development Director, Art of Elysium
213.387.3944
abeck@theartofelysium.org
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