WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A dozen bears have invaded West Hartford to help raise money for charities and create an Instagram-worthy destination, but no need to be afraid!

These are works of art that make up the first “Bear Fair.”

Artists working at a warehouse in Torrington transformed fiberglass acrylic life-sized creations into masterpieces that promote a variety of charities and sponsors.

News 8 is proud to be the media sponsor and here is our bear below with News 8’s Dennis House.

The patriotic theme honors APK Charities, named for Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel of Madison, a Green Beret killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

One of the dog tags has his name on it, and the other says News 8.

The event kicked off Tuesday in West Hartford center. You’ll be able to make a donation to the charities the bear represents by looking up a code with your phone. The codes will be on a plaque near the bears.

WEB EXTRA: Bear to benefit CT Alzheimer’s Association — Interview with Juniper Homecare Vice President of Operations Anton Brel

The bears will be in the center for a couple of months then at the Westfarms Mall for the holidays.

Click here for more information on the Bear Fair from the event’s other media sponsor, we-ha.com.