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DeWitt's Native Son

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He grew up in DeWitt. An award winning artist who captured the charm of small town life. John Bloom definitely had an eye on Iowa.

Bloom's artwork is displayed at the Central Community Historical Society and Museum in his hometown. An artist who never forgot how important DeWitt was to him. Simplicity was a hallmark of his art.

Bloom captures life down on the farm, had an award winning painting of his grandmother peeling potatoes. and included himself in a work titled After Church at Saint Jospeph Parish in town.

At city hall, there is a mural Bloom painted titled Shucking Corn. He did that in 1938, becoming the first artist in Iowa to paint a mural in his hometown.

In the 1930's, Bloom was a student of Grant Wood at the Stone City Art Colony in Iowa. Bloom won prizes for oils, black and white works, and woodcarving.

Now, Kathleern Seusy and Gena Schantz are doing research and intend to co-author a book about John Bloom. They started the research months ago. They say that he had a unique way of capturing the simple things in life. That, they think, is appealing in itself.

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