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Folk artist Jim Shore coming to Oklahoma City

Designer Jim Shore, known for his American folk art collectibles, including the Heartwood Creek and Disney Traditions collections, will be visiting Dillard's at Penn Square Mall on Saturday, Nov. 17.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: November 12, 2012
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Renowned designer and folk artist Jim Shore, known for his popular and collectible figurines, will be at Dillard's, Penn Square Mall, in Oklahoma City on Saturday.

He will greet customers from 1 to 4 p.m. and sign purchases from the event as well as those pre-sold for customers who cannot attend event day.

Shore's innovative artistry is based on elements found in American folk art and quilting. His work includes the popular Heartwood Creek and Disney Traditions collections.

While growing up in rural South Carolina, Shore was surrounded by artistic inspiration. His parents instilled a love of the traditional values expressed in American folk art. His grandmother, a master quilter, taught him an appreciation for the patience and skill required to bring intricate designs to life.

His style combines elements of folk art and a vibrant color palette. Santas are a popular design, and he estimates he has designed more than 3,000 during his career.Shore initially supported himself and family as an engineer until he decided to devote all his time to his passion and art.

Within three years of founding Designs Americana, he had more than 350 employees and more orders than he could fill. His focus was split between managing the business and concentrating on his art. He needed a business partner, and in 2000 he teamed with Enesco to create Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore, a line of seasonal and everyday decorative accessories.

He partnered with Disney in 2005, applying his design style to Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Pinocchio and Cinderella figurines.

For more information about Shore and his figurines, go to www.jimshore.com or www.enesco.com.