SOLON– The design “Blooming Beef,” submitted by mosaic artist Kelsi Fobian for the Solon Library Foundation’s Calf Classic project, was selected by Calf Classic sponsor Tom Cardella. Fobian’s concept has a calf covered in flowers, each small piece of hand-cut glass placed in such a way as to create a whole flower. The glass, purchased from Northern Lights Stained Glass in Iowa City, is cut with a hand glass cutter from sheets of glass and cut into smaller pieces with glass nippers. The design was first drawn on the calf’s body, with each piece of glass then glued into position. Black grout will be placed between the glass pieces to bring out the vivid colors of the flowers.
Fobian was born and raised on a farm east of Iowa City, and has worked with mosaic since her high school art classes. She has donated many pieces to benefit organizations, including United Action for Youth and the Festival of Flowers. Her work was displayed at the Iowa City Arts Festival this June 4-5. For more information on the artist, email firstname.lastname@example.org 
Tom Cardella, a well-known local businessman, has donated generously to the Solon Public Library, the Solon Recreation and Nature Area and other projects. His sponsored calf, “Blooming Beef,” will be on display at the Solon Public Library from mid-June to mid-July and then entered into the 40th annual Beef Days Parade on Saturday, July 16. Following the parade, all four decorated calves will be on display on Main Street, and will be auctioned off that evening. Auction proceeds will benefit the Solon Library Foundation.