Press release submitted by Diane Lamacki |
Davenport, Iowa – In recognition of founder, Isabel Bloom's February birthday, all studio stores will be hosting a Founder's Celebration, February 15-24. Festivities will include a preview of the new 2013 Spring/Summer sculpture designs, drawings, vouchers and much more.
Return of Isabel's Large Owl
"We are remembering our roots this month and honoring our founder by continuing to produce original designs by hand right here in the heartland, in the same fashion as Isabel had done for so many years," says Isabel Bloom Designer, Donna Young. "Bringing back Isabel's Large Owl, decorated with Mississippi river stones is another way we honor Isabel Bloom." Just released earlier this month, Large Owl measures 12" tall and costs $125.
Donna Young, Isabel Bloom artist, will be present for a signing session at the Village of East Davenport Showroom, located at 1109 Mound Street on Friday February 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Monday, February 18th, Donna will be at the Showroom in Northpark Mall from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, February 23, she will be at the Moline Showroom, located at 1505 River Drive from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
New 2013 Designs to support the community
Isabel Bloom has once again designed an exclusive sculpture for Family Resources and the DOVE Women's Golf Tournament called Unconditional Love. This limited edition, weathered bronze/multicolor finish will be available exclusively through Family Resources, Inc. beginning in March while supplies last. 50% of the proceeds of every Unconditional Love sculpture purchased through the organization goes to fight domestic violence
Continuing this year, a portion of the proceeds from the multicolored Habitat Pineapple introduced in 2011 will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity chapters in both the Quad Cities and Des Moines. Likewise, a portion of the proceeds from Group Hug will be given to the Race for the Cure, an affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation in both communities. And in keeping with the annual tradition, Isabel Bloom will, for the 26th consecutive year, provide an exclusive design variation of an existing sculpture from the line for Quad City Arts Festival of Trees which is held each year in November.
First Quarter releases
January releases include Robin, the fifth design in the songbird series as well as Bird Bowl and the reintroduction of Sweet Violets. A popular gift for Valentine's Day is our new Daisy Heart. Easter sculptures include Dragonfly Egg and Jack the Rabbit. March releases includes an adorable weathered bronze/multicolor young lady complete with princess crown and enchanted frog called Make Believe, that stands 14.5" tall and destined to be a best seller.
The Legacy of Isabel Bloom
Isabel Bloom, a native Iowa artist beloved by Quad Citians of all ages, studied under American master Grant Wood and later, developed her own simple, yet recognizable style of sculpture. The subjects she often chose to depict – children, animals and mother/child motifs – revealed the things that were important to her.
Isabel admired Victorian era bronze garden sculptures with their rich oxidized patina, and wanted to replicate that surface in a sturdy medium. After months of trying different techniques, Isabel perfected her own basic process that includes casting, the adding of color, whiting and coating which remains virtually the same today.
Since 1986, the creation of original sculpture for the Isabel Bloom collection rests in the talented hands of designer, Donna Young, Isabel's protege and artistic collaborator. Preserving Isabel's unique style, Donna has designed many of the most popular sculptures in the Isabel Bloom collection. The company has stores in Moline, Davenport and West Des Moines. Visit www.ibloom.com for more information or call 563-336-3766.