Bellefonte ARTMuseum for
Families of Centre County
In the Louise Bloom Sieg Gallery:
Snowy Bales by Jeff Matheson
Louise Bloom Sieg Gallery
Hands, Object of Art
The Louise Bloom Sieg Gallery
Welcome to the Louise Bloom Sieg Gallery of the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County. The Gallery now serves as the home to the "Hands, Objects of Art" collection. The collection and installation were given to the museum by Mrs. Sieg's daughter-in-law and close friend, Mrs. Judith O'Donnell Sieg. Judith Sieg and her husband Mr. Philip Sieg, son of Louise Bloom Sieg, reside in Bellefonte.
Margaret Louise Bloom was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1908 and passed away in 1964 at the age of 56. She married William P. Sieg and they settled in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. They had one child, Philip.
Mrs. Sieg was active in the Bellefonte Presbyterian Church, played bridge and remembered as an active participant in the community. Her husband William, founder of the Titan Metal Manufacturing Company, was an avid collector of trains, coins, and several other items. Louise's interest turned to collecting "Hand" sculptures during the 1930's and 1940's.
Why someone collects a specific item is usually a complicated question - sometimes the motivation remains unknown even to the collector. There are countless confirmations of the fact that all human expressions of intelligence in the written and spoken word and are rooted in the hands. Classic artists used hands as a metaphor for love, community and healing. Perhaps, Mrs. Sieg had similar reactions.
Mrs. Judith O'Donnell Sieg showing the "Hands, Objectss of Art" collection.
Revised June 7, 2011