Newsletter for August 2017
Moon Moth by Stormy Mochal


Time goes so fast!  How can it be almost the end of summer?  If you haven’t had a chance to see All Creatures Great and Small, be sure to visit in the next couple weeks…last day is August 13.  Bring the kids and the grandkids!

After that we look forward to seeing new watercolors by Carl Johnson (as well as a few nostalgic pieces)  with his exhibit starting August 18.

Looking ahead, we have some exciting events planned. Mark your calendars!  Marcus DeJesus will join forces with Brian Eiffes to perform jazz and Brazilian music at our Sunday Salon September 24.

In November we will once more have a holiday radio show, this time Miracle on 34th Street, with five performances between November 9 and 12.

And in December we will offer Catch the Train in Galena, a unique model train exhibit, which will be great entertainment for the kids and grand-kids. (I think the grown-up kids will love it too!)


We look forward to seeing you at the Center.

Carole Sullivan

Executive Director

Current Gallery Exhibit
All Creatures Great and Small,
Animals in Art
All Creatures Great and Small, Animals in Art continues through Sunday, August 13th. Don’t miss all the wonderful animal inspired artwork that is adorning the walls of our gallery and perched on the pedestals, from the teeny-tiny dogs, to the graceful birds, friendly lions, and whimsical pigs.  The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 pm.  Read more...
All Creatures Great and Small, Animals in Art
Horses by Richard Hess

Faye Wrubel to present

Looking at Paintings from the Inside Out

Sunday July 30 at 2 pm

We are so excited that Faye Wrubel will present Looking at Paintings from the Inside Out on Sunday July 30 at 2 pm.  Come to the Center’s performance space to learn about the world of Art conservation and restoration. 

Faye Wrubel was painting conservator at the Art Institute of Chicago for 36 years, retiring in 2016, and is a Fellow of both the American Institute for Conservation and the International Institute for Conservation, and a Fulbright Fellow in 2000 teaching conservation in Buenos Aires Argentina. She has received many other awards, publications and grants.  In her tenure at the Art Institute, she conserved several hundred masterpiece paintings from the Medieval period to the present, including works by artists such as  Caillebotte, Gauguin, Manet, Matisse, and Van Gogh, just to name a few.

Looking at Paintings from the Inside Out will be a presentation of a variety of treatments representing different techniques and paintings from many historical time periods.  Featured will be the conservation treatment of the masterpiece painting Paris Street; Rainy Day by Caillebotte.  

There is no charge for this program, although donations will be welcome.

  Carl Johnson -- Galena Watercolorist
Opening  August 18
Carl Johnson is a familiar figure sitting on a bucket with his drawing board, pencils, ink bottle, and watercolors, doing what he loves—capturing the beautiful buildings of Galena. He’s been doing this since 1970, and will share with us many of his recent works, along with paintings from each decade he’s been a full time fine artist. Come to the reception on August 18th from 5-8 pm at the Center to celebrate Carl and his lifelong work in paintings.  Read more...
Carl Johnson, Galena Watercolorist
Stone Barn by Carl Johnson
All River Road Talent hosts a monthly art drive the first weekend of each month.  All River Road Talent is a synergy of artists building a cultural and visitor awareness of artistic talent in the Galena region of NW IL. Some of our studio artists will be working in their studios for this ARRT tour.  A ugust ARRT tour dates are August 5 & 6.
  Upcoming Events
Songwriters Showcase  features
Megan Elizabeth Roeth on August 17 at 7 pm

Megan has been singing and writing songs for 22 years. Her music style is influenced by pop, rock and folk. Some of her favorite artists include the Foo Fighters, Muse, Radiohead, Lana Del Rey and Elliot Smith. Megan's passion is singing, but she also enjoys playing guitar and piano. She currently sings and plays keys for a band called River Glen, a folk-pop group who recently finished the last gig of their summer tour of the Midwest. Megan's hope is that her listeners will feel her passion for music, people and life in each and every song she performs.

There is never a cover charge for the Songwriters Showcase.

Upcoming Workshops and Classes
 Energize Your Art
August 26 and 27 - 10 am to 5 pm each day

Don’t miss this opportunity!

Register by August 12th on our website or by calling the Center (see below).

Michael Latala, an award winning Chicago artist, will be teaching oil and pastel techniques in a two-day workshop at the Center. He will give one-on-one attention to each student as they create a still life on Saturday and an interpretation of a photograph of the student's choosing on Sunday, using either oil paint or pastel. Check our website for further information and to register.  Read more...

Register and pay online here... Download a form to register by mail..., or call the Center at 779-214-0261 and leave a message for Pat to call you back, The cost is $200, due at registration.  Please sign up before August 12th. 

Daniel Conte' by Michael Latala

Yoga with Marion

the Bubble Lady

Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:30 am

Mindful Yoga with Kate is taking a break for the summer.

Will return Mid-September.

Integrating Body, Mind, & Breath. Focusing on foundational breathing and postures.  

Develop strength, flexibility, and balance. Experience relief from physical and mental tension.

Each class ends with deep relaxation.

  Volunteer of the Month --  Joan Harmet

(a.k.a. Irene Paderewski)

Everyone lucky enough to be going on the Center for the Arts trip to Ten Chimneys this month can be grateful to Joan Harmet, as well as her husband Dick, Carole Sullivan, and Jan Lavacek. The idea for the excursion percolated during a discussion among the four of them. But Joan deserves special credit and thanks for doing most of the work organizing and making the arrangements for it.

Joan is especially well qualified for the task. For many years, as part of the Chicago Symphony Society, a fund raising group, she organized trips for subscribers when the symphony was on tour. She served as tour director on these excursions all over the world, including Paris, Japan, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, and the United States. Joan's gentle, optimistic personality and oganizational skills must have been needed often while shepherding groups of music lovers around the globe.

Along with planning the Ten Chimneys excursion and being a volunteer greeter, Joan is best known at the Center for her role as Irene Paderewski, accompanist for three of the radio shows that have delighted audiences. Whether playing in church, as an accompanist, for just for her own pleasure, Joan loves creating music. She plays, she says, “for the pure joy of it.”

Joan is excited about the Center for the Arts. Modest about her own impressive accomplishments, she is full of praise for Carole, Jan, and all the other volunteers. Of the Center, she says, “What a wonderful place for bringing people together in their love of the arts.”

Change at the Center

We bid a fond farewell to Lindsay Zmich who has helped us with cleaning services for the last year.  She has accepted a full time job as Activities Coordinator at the new Prairie Ridge of Galena.  We will miss her, but her enthusiasm and winning smile will certainly be welcome there, and we wish her the very best.

Thank You!

  • In memory of Rich Mattas
  • Laurie Mattas
  • Al and Mary Cinto
  • Bob and Millie Glick
  • Beth Baranski
  • Joe and Jolene Lieb
  • United Methodist Church, Galena
  • Laura Scoles
  • Laurie Rische
  • Mark Moran
  • Joan Harmet
  • Lavonne Ohms
  • Judith Wehrle
  • Joan Klaus
  • Robert and Diane Palagi
  • Andy Willis
  • Karen Wilson
  • Exact Pest Solutions, Inc.
  • US Bank, Galena
  • BNSF Railway

A special Thank You to Elizabeth Boggess for helping out with the volunteer scheduling. We’ve had a great response under her tutelage, but there are still a few spots to fill in August, and the September calendar is now up. Our new website makes it so easy to sign up—just pick a date and shift and fill out your contact information at the bottom. We are so appreciative of your help to keep the gallery open four days a week for our visitors. I see more and more first-time visitors. Let’s keep them coming!

Please Volunteer at the Center

Volunteering is good for the soul, it’s good for the community, and it’s good for art. We strive to keep the gallery open four days a week, welcome folks to Songwriters Showcase with a light meal, and celebrate at gallery openings with food and drink. It all depends on volunteers. There are many events and jobs around the Center you can help with—just ask! Give us a call at 779-214-0261, or sign up online to assist visitors in the galleries.  

Have you been thinking of volunteering, but afraid to ask? We will be holding an orientation on September 14 from 5-6 pm for those of you who have volunteered in the past, and anyone who would like to in the future. You’ll get a tour, a booklet of information, and of course, there will be tasty treats. Get all your questions answered and meet a great group of volunteers!
Our new website makes it easy to sign up.  Check out the possibilities, choose a date and job you’d like to help with, and fill out the form. Don’t forget to click the button at the bottom of the form.
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