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by Jessica Waytenick • January 11, 2017

JANUARY 2017 Quad Cities - Isabel Bloom customers once again are able to watch artisans create the iconic sculptures at the company's new flagship Davenport, Iowa, showroom.

Native Iowa artist Isabel Bloom (1908-2001), who once studied under the watchful eye of American master Grant Wood, favored artistic subjects ranging from playful children to friendly creatures of the air, land and sea. She created a unique sculpture process of concrete casting and each are hand-finished to resemble weathered bronze garden sculptures of the Victorian era.  Her work of over 45 years continues today with over 250 original designs.

Just as in Isabel’s day, all operations – including retail and the entire handcrafted production – are now housed together under one roof with the new location.  Formerly located in the Village of East Davenport, Isabel Bloom has moved its retail showroom one mile west to a more spacious location at 736 Federal Street (The Gordon-Van Tine Buildings formerly known as Harborview) in Davenport, Iowa, where most of the company’s handcrafted process has taken place since 1996. 

A Whole New Shopping Experience

“The new showroom, with its exposed ceiling and over-sized windows overlooking the production area, give customers a whole new shopping experience,” says co-owner and sculptor, Donna Young.  “Along with the fresh new surroundings, customers can observe artisans creating a much broader array of designs than in the past, including functional pieces such as decorative bowls, as well as whimsical Garden Gnomes and seasonal pieces like the new Cornucopia, cast and finished in beautiful falls hues.”

A Tourist Destination

“People have the opportunity to take guided tours of the handcrafted process developed by Isabel Bloom herself.  We will be expanding our current free tour schedule based on customer demand”, says co-owner Bill Barrett.  The tour experience includes a video highlighting the life and legendary career of Iowa artist, Isabel Bloom, and then a tour to watch the artisans at work.

There is now ample parking to accommodate both customers and tour guests, and a small meeting room allowing organizations and clubs to host meetings or small receptions prior to taking the tour.

Isabel Bloom retail showrooms are also located on John Deere Commons in Moline, NorthPark Mall in Davenport, Downtown LeClaire, and Valley West Mall in West Des Moines. For more information, please call (800) 273-5436.

Discover these and many more marvels on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities.  Contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit their website at www.visitquadcities.com.

The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois.  The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.

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Isabel Bloom Media Contact: Donna Young, Co-Owner and Sculptor, 563-349-3167 or DonnaY@ibloom.com

Photos & Media Trips: For High-res exhibit photos or for information about media tours, please contact Jessica Waytenick at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 Ext. 827 or jwaytenick@visitquadcities.com.  

 

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