Two names that are synonymous with art in the Quad Cities are John and Isabel Bloom. The impact this legendary couple has had on the community will live on forever.

The 7th Annual Village in Bloom Festival of the Arts, which honors the legacy of John and Isabel Bloom, will be held on Saturday May 4 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Village of East Davenport. This is a FREE event for the entire family!

John and Isabel lived, raised their family and created art in the East Village. Village in Bloom celebrates their contribution and encourages young people to get involved in the arts. The festival will provide art activities from sculpting with clay to making cards and puppets, sculptures created by area children composed of locally available recycled materials, clay sculptures created by area teens and performance groups showcasing their talents as singers, instrumentalists, puppeteers, dancers and actors.

A tentative list of these performances can be found at: http://www.villageinbloom.org/. Exhibits of John and Isabel’s artwork will also be available for your viewing pleasure. You will also enjoy live performances on the big stage along with ongoing street acts, face painting, street chalking and mural making!

This is one festival you won’t want to miss!

Tess Abney is a freelance writer who was born and raised in the Quad Cities. She spends most of her time attempting to successfully raise three boys. In her free time, writing is her passion. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.