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These Events

  • I Hate Hamlet, Tuesday, Feb 11
  • Volunteer Valentine Tea, Thursday, Feb 13
  • Broad Stretch - Yoga, Tuesday, Mar 24
Pedestal Painting Team
Kitchen Cleanup Crew
We love our volunteers!
Dear Friend of the Arts,

February can be a dreary grey month, so we have done our best to schedule up-lifting and fun events to raise all of our spirits. Hope you will shake off the winter doldrums by attending our hilarious table reading I Hate Hamlet , get jazzed up at our Sunday Salon featuring JazzQ, and mellow out at Songwriters Showcase. The galleries are filled with new and colorful works to inspire us, and, at the end of the month, we will leap into leap year with the Broad Ideas opening reception…always a great party! (There’s still time to register to bring in your artwork, but hurry!! Go to  to sign up.)  Scroll down for details on all our events.
Each day the daylight hours increase, and already we can see the difference. As the saying goes, it will snow whether we want it to or not, so we might as well enjoy the beauty of the snow while it is here. The gallery is open 1-4 Thursdays through Sundays. Please visit us soon! I look forward to seeing you.

Gallery Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 1 – 4 pm
Artistic Diversity
Elevating and Celebrating
Regional Artists
through March 7, 2020
Artistic Diversity is everywhere! We put out the call for art to the regional area, and a diverse group of talented artists responded. We now are exhibiting over two hundred works of diverse art from over fifty artists from Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin in our Regional Artists Gallery, the Special Exhibit Gallery and the Artists Circle.

Painters, sculptors, ink and colored pencil drawing artists, wood carvers, fiber artists, collage artists, potters, photographers, glass artists, and digital artists are all represented. Come be inspired, find a treasure to support the artists and enhance your home and life.
Special Exhibit Gallery
Regional Artists Gallery
The Artists Circle
Feature Gallery
My Girls, Students of Janet Checker
Through March 29
Janet Checker is an artist of many different expressions. Classically trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and The American Academy of Art, she worked in weaving and fashion design for many years. Currently she is painting in oil and pastel on canvas.

Janet has been teaching painting and drawing for over twenty years for small group classes or private lesson in the Galena area.

This show will continue to the end of March, so be sure to check it out and encourage their continued studies. 
Barbara Kellar
Mary Edwards
Cathy Dorwick
Jeanne Carlson
Rehearsals begin
for Community Chorus!
Monday, February 3, 7 pm
New music has arrived, and we’re ready to start! The first rehearsal of 2020 for the Summit Street Singers community chorus will be at 7 pm on Monday, February 3, in the lower level of the Galena Center for the Arts.

There will be a spring choral concert featuring the Summit Street Singers and Fevre River Voices on Thursday, May 7 at the Center.
The choruses are led by Kent Parry, with Susan Lipnick as the accompanist. No audition is necessary to join these groups of regional community members who enjoy singing together and all are welcome to share in the joy that music brings. We will be requesting a donation from chorus members to help pay for the printed music. Bring a friend! Have a notebook for your music, and a pencil, and we will make music together.
A table reading of the comedy
I Hate Hamlet
by Paul Rudnick
Tuesday , February 11, 7 pm

When Andrew Rally, successful TV actor, agrees to play the role of Hamlet in a Central Park production, many complications ensue, including the spirit of John Barrymore returning to train him for the role.  The New York Times described this show as “unapologetically silly and at times hilarious…affectionately amusing about the theatre.”

Join in the fun as our cast of six careens through this script, featuring: Lee Adami, Michael Crawford, Mark Haman, Molly Huerta Hoefflin, Terry Hoefflin, and Nala Kathleen, with narration by Jay Dickerson.
Please plan to stay for a brief talk back after the performance.

​Admission $8
Volunteer Valentine Tea
Thursday , February 13, 10 am

The Center can only exist because of all of our wonderful volunteers. We would like to invite you to tea to thank all those who have volunteered in the past, and encourage everyone who is considering volunteering in the future. There are so many ways you can help.
  • In the gallery we need volunteers to be a receptionist and process sales of artwork. For gallery openings we need donated appetizers and sweets and food severs during the event.

  • For plays, readings, and performances we need greeters, ushers, cookie sellers, and ticket takers.

  • People to distribute rack cards and posters for gallery exhibits and performances and envelope stuffers for mass mailings.
  • For all events we need set-up and clean-up crews.

  • For building maintenance we need gardeners, snow removal, handyman skills.

  • We need people for planning committees for a myriad of artistic endeavors, such as Chalkfest, Art that Stands Out in its Field—Scarecrows, Small Art—Big Impact, and any new special exhibits and events.

  • We welcome your ideas and talents.
Please come to enjoy the camaraderie of art enthusiasts and learn about new opportunities.

And yes, we will have tea and treats too!

Jazz it up at Sunday Salon!
February 16, 2 pm
JazzQ will perform an eclectic mix of jazz standards, swinging musical theatre tunes and light blues.

The group is led by David Resnick on saxophones, with vocalist Rebecca Lansing, pianist Melanie Paulsen, bassist Andrew Geyssens, and drummer John Garde.

Since forming in the fall of 2018, JazzQ has been performing throughout the Tri-State area and was recently featured in Tabor Winery’s “Music in the Vineyard” series.

The concert is free, but donations are always welcomed.
Songwriters Showcase
Conrad Merced
Thursday, February 20, 7 pm
Following the unexpected death of his mother, Conrad Merced picked up his guitar after a ten year hiatus and began writing songs for the album “Tender Beats.”
This lush collection of songs feature catchy finger-style acoustic guitar backed behind atmospheric, digital textures and drum machines to create a unique blend of ambient electronic-folk.

The Chicago native, and second generation Filipino, brings forth compelling and thoughtful music that flows through the soul with ease and grace.
Click on image above to see and hear Conrad sing

Songwriters Showcase is always the third Thursday of the month.
No charge for the concert, but donations are happily accepted .
Saturday, February 22
Tri-state community members interested in history, archaeology, or independent documentary cinema are invited to attend a celebration (150 th  anniversary of Southern Illinois University) of work produced by noteworthy university faculty and staff.

Events are free for high school and college students. For the public,
a charge of $5 will be donated to the SIU Scholarship Fund.
A Bad Deal: My Vietnam War Story
Beginning at 11:00 am , Mark St. George, Executive Producer at WSIU TV public television and Director, will screen a half-hour long documentary film titled  A Bad Deal: My Vietnam War Story .
Unique to this piece is 8mm footage shot on site in Vietnam by James Hamlyn a young U.S. Army private. Both Mr. Hamlyn, honored veteran and resident of Waterloo, Iowa, and Mr. St. George will be available post screening for a question & answer session.
In the Shadow
Continuing at 1:30 pm , Deborah Tudor Producer, H.D. Motyl and Mark Stoffel,Co-directors, will screen a second documentary, one  hour in length, filmed in and around Carbondale, Illinois titled  In the Shadow .
The 2017 Solar Eclipse gathering in Southern Illinois, hundreds of hours of interviews, planning, and actual event, is provocatively captured throughout this engaging gesture. Again a question & answer session will follow.
Land Between
the Rivers
Concluding at 3:00 pm , Dr. Mark Wagner, Director, SIU Center for Archaeological Investigation and President, Eastern States Rock Art Research Association, will deliver a lecture complimented by power point titled  Land Between the Rivers .
An hour-long session followed by a question & answer period, the  Land Between the Rivers  presentation directly addresses research Dr. Wagner has produced on Rock Art of indigenous people, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and Flatboat use prior to the development of steamboats. Material focused on Rock Art and Flatboats has direct application to history of the Upper Mississippi River Valley.
Broad Ideas Opening Reception
Leap into Broad Ideas!
Saturday, February 29
Opening night! Join us in celebrating the artists and artwork that make up Broad Ideas. View the work filling the lower level of the Center, and party with live music. Enjoy food and beverage while networking with community supporters. 
Time: 5 pm-7 pm Admission: FREE

Live music with Robyn Davis & Ted Williams
* Free childcare available for every event *
Scroll down to UPCOMING EVENTS for Broad Ideas March Events
Volunteer of the Month
Donna Davis
Whether snow or sleet, rain or heat, the posters and rack cards must go out! Six times a year, no matter the weather, Donna Davis, along with Sandy Winge and Janet Eggleston, delivers them for the Center for the Arts.
As Office Manager Karen Wilson says, “[The team] blankets the community with promotional material for our art gallery exhibits, Songwriters Showcase evenings, Sunday Salons, radio play productions, monthly play readings, and other special events. They visit almost 30 businesses downtown and on the east and west sides of Galena to advertise our upcoming programs. This is an invaluable service for us in getting our message out to the community, and we are so grateful for this dedicated team.”

Along with devoting time to the Center, Donna has been involved in a variety of activities since retiring and moving to Galena about fifteen years ago. Since she grew up on a dairy farm, it's not surprising that many of them are related to her concern for the environment and enjoyment of the outdoors. She and her husband have been members of JDCF for at least ten years, and Donna has helped present classes for the education programs at Camp Casper. For a week in July, these classes for kids, ages eight to twelve, focus on environmental subjects. At home, Donna's interest in nature is evident in her flower gardening. Also, on their property near Chestnut Mountain, she and her husband are trying to convert an acre of land into prairie.

Some of Donna's other activities include being Secretary of the Outreach Committee at Grace Episcopal Church and helping with the library's annual book sale. She enjoys doing embroidery and crewel work, and is part of a yarn ministry that knits hats, scarves, and cowls for charitable organizations.

With all this, Donna and her husband still find time to attend many of the events at the Center for the Arts. She enjoys them all and says, “I appreciate all the effort and time Carole and Jan have put into this. It has so much to offer—a multi-faceted center that is a true gem for the community.”
Broad Strokes
(a painting experience for adults and children)

Friday, March 06, 7-9 pm
Adult painters will have an opportunity to make their own artwork among the amazing artwork. Supplies and instruction will be provided. (16" x 20" canvases, acrylic paint, brushes, etc.)  Artists can follow along through a guided piece or create something completely their own idea. Bring your own drinks & snacks. Class is limited to 30 adults.   

A class for children (aptly titled) Kid Strokes combines guided drawing with ornithology to produce a masterpiece, using the physiology and beauty of birds and the uninhibited imagination of a child. Come spread your wings! This class is free and comes with guided instruction. Class is limited to 20 children.  

See our facebook event for more info, and to reserve your space today! (Click Here)
Eclectic Mix,
The Art of Barbara Heitzman
Opening reception
March 13, 5-7pm
Exhibit March 13 through May 2
Cornfield at Dusk
Love, Loss, and What I Wore
March 13, 14 at 7 pm; March 15 at 2 pm
Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a play written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. A play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and memory…funny and powerful! 

​Admission: $16 adults, $8 students

This is a ticketed event. Reserved seat tickets will be available through the Galena Center for the Arts website starting on Feb. 13.
Songwriters Showcase
Thursday, March 19, 7-9pm
Enjoy songs from numerous female songwriters during this night of music. 
It's going to be a music experience like no evening filled with laughter, tears, and music full of heart and soul. Check back for a list of performers closer to the date.  

Admission: FREE
Broad Stretch – Yoga
Tuesday , March 24, 7pm
Stretch your body and relax your mind or relax your body and stretch your mind!  Join us for a free night of restorative yoga and rejuvenating massage, led by Cindy Tegtmeyer.

Please RSVP through the facebook event (coming soon) so we know how many people to anticipate. 

Admission: FREE
Spoken Word Closing
Sunday, March 29, 4 pm
All good things must come to an end. Join us for an afternoon of Spoken Word performances
by a collection of empowering performers, as we celebrate women's voices and the conclusion of this show.
Scholarship winners will be announced at this event.  

Admission: FREE
Recent Activities at the Center
Artistic Diversity
Pat Lehnhardt, Janet Zehr, Jan Lavacek
hanging the Artistic Diversity exhibit
Songwriters Showcase
Chad Elliott
Sunday Salon
Sharon Jensen and Elisa Cooper
Agnes of God table reading
Nala Kathleen, Emily Painter and Cathy Goodman
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 Northwest Illinois. The next ARRT tour is February 1 & 2.
  • Bryan Ackerman
  • Susan Barg
  • Glee Bilderback
  • Big Bill’s
  • Elizabeth Boggess
  • Stefanie Boyce
  • Mary Bronson
  • Paul Chase
  • Janet Checker
  • Mary Connors
  • Donna Davis
  • Michelle Deiter
  • Cathy Dorwick
  • Janet Eggleston
  • Cathie Elsbree
  • Sheila Haman
  • Richard Hess
  • Al Jirkovsky
  • Tania Jonjack
  • Shari Kochman
  • Patricia Lehnhardt
  • Kathy Leonard
  • Mary Jo Losey
  • Micki Luebke
  • Carol Mantey
  • Laurie Mattas
  • Marie McDonough
  • Arlene O’Callaghan
  • Stephanie O’Shaughnessy
  • Deb Pausz
  • Laurie Pratner
  • Charlene Price
  • Anita Sands
  • Karen Serwich
  • Charlotte Stryker
  • Dennis and Leslie Waltman
  • Mary Weck
  • Sandy Winge
  • Trish and Mark Wollam
  • Ginni Yarbrough
  • Janet Zehr
  • Copier paper
Thank you,

We are so happy that Illinois Bank &Trust has offered to be the 2020 sponsor for our Table Reading series. Their generous sponsorship allows us to keep our very low admission fees for the table readings. We look forward to bringing you many new theatrical experiences this year.
Donation from
Jail Hill Inn
We are so fortunate to be one
of the non-profits chosen by Matthew Carroll of the Jail Hill Inn, to share a percent of his annual earnings. We will put it to good use! Thank you Matthew, for your support of the arts, nature and history in our community.
photo by UnPosed Photography
Donation from the Kiwanis Club of Galena

A big thank you to the Kiwanis club of Galena for their donation to the Center. Carole enjoyed making a presentation about the goals of the Center for the Arts at their meeting.
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We invite you to show your support for the Center when shopping on Amazon. We are now established as a charitable organization for contributions via the AmazonSmile Foundation. The Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to us whenever you designate the Center as the charitable organization of your choice.

Here’s how to support the Center:

  1. Visit (you need to follow this step each time you designate donations).
  2. Log in with your regular Amazon account information.
  3. Select “Galena Center For The Arts Inc” as your charitable organization choice.
  4. Begin shopping.

Thank you for your support! We truly appreciate your thinking of us when shopping with Amazon!
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 Gallery Volunteers

Volunteering is good for the soul, and it really helps us to keep the gallery open four days a week.

Gallery hours are 1-4 pm for the fall and winter seasons.

Our desk volunteers greet visitors, provide an introduction to the Center, accept payments for art and gift shop items (involves writing receipts, calculating tax, and processing online credit card transactions), and answer phone calls.

 Please check out the available dates, choose a shift that works for you, and fill out the information at the bottom of the page.
After you fill in the form be sure to click the “Sign up to volunteer” button at the bottom before you leave.

Thanks for all your valuable time and talents to share artwork with our visitors.

If you need help signing up, just call 779-214-0261 and we can assist you.
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