FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
Holiday Greeting Card by Glee Bilderback
Dear Friends of the Arts,
We are so energized by your excitement about our new home! Your generous donations to keep us going, and to renovate the space for our new Galena Center for the Arts, are exceedingly important right now. Our membership is the highest it has ever been. You are making it possible for the future to be so rewarding for residents of our area, as well as for guests to Galena. We have a great deal of work to do, and with your help it will be accomplished. Thank You!
 
If you would like a tour of the new space (pre-renovation construction), email me at info@galenacenterforthearts.com and I’ll happily schedule a time to take you through it.
Onward!

Carole
Our New Home Progress Report
The big move!
One BIG moving truck!
We had some wonderful volunteers come in to help us pack up the Center, to get ready to move. Thanks to all who helped. (We were so busy packing that we forgot to take photos of most of them!) On January 6 we had packed up enough of the Center to fill a 53 ft Mayflower truck. Many thanks to Key City Movers, who were careful and efficient in moving all of this to the new site. As we will be doing construction work soon, what was delivered to the new site is piled with as much organization as we could muster, waiting until other things get done. We anticipate that most of our belongings from Summit Street will be there by the end of February.
Mark and Sheila Haman boxing up the Arts Resource Library
Courtney Moser packing the Kids Art Room
In the meanwhile, we have been meeting with our architect, Jim Baranski, to create the best plans for what we will need in the future. There is much to consider, but we want to try to do it right the first time.
Please contact Carole if you have ideas you would like to share:
info@GalenaCenterForTheArts.com. Now the real work begins.
We will keep you updated on our progress every month!
Although it’s difficult because of the pandemic, the Center’s Board of Directors continues to meet monthly, working for the future of the Center for the Arts.

 Thank you to everyone on the board!
Your Board of Directors at work!
Our galleries will reopen when it’s safe
for our patrons, artists, and staff.
Inspirations
What inspires you?
Twenty-eight artists have given us a glimpse into their process of creation. They have been inspired to take photographs; do paintings; sew fiber art; make mixed media pieces, sculptures, and pottery; and write poetry to share with us. 
 
Inspiration has been drawn from nature, famous artists, music and musicians and dancers, their own senses, landscapes, architecture, the effects of light on the subject, travel, the garden, grandmas and grandchildren, pets, and even old silk ties and heirloom ribbons.

Click on the image of the cover above to look through the flip-book and be inspired by the amazing artists that live in our region. Many of the works are for sale. Email Patricia if you are interested in purchasing a piece of artwork.
Click on the links below to browse other flip books on our website:
Table Reading
the warm-hearted comedy
New Digs
by Elizabeth Hanson
available to view for
ten days starting February 25
Jeffrey Gillespie thought everything was arranged for his mother's move to a retirement community...but then things got complicated....

Enjoy the reading of this warm-hearted comedy by Betsy Hanson, featuring Cathie Elsbree, Art Roche, Matt Blaum and Stephanie Bussan.

Tickets go on sale Feb 2, 12am, and can be used starting Feb 25.
To reserve your ticket click on this link.
There is no set price to view the video.
Pay What You Want!
From an Austin Film Festival adjudicator, "This is a truly endearing piece...the heart of this piece absolutely stands out...really solid, loving, and warm script!"

Betsy Hanson, who also authored the novel Always Gardenia, grew up in Central Illinois, and now lives in Seattle, Washington. We see her occasionally in Galena when she visits with her sister, Emily Painter.
The Table Reading series is sponsored by
Illinois Bank & Trust.
If you missed our last Songwriters Showcase, featuring Twinray, you can catch that performance on our YouTube Channel, as well as many other performances.
Subscribe to Galena Center for the Arts on YouTube
Click on this link, scroll down to the Center's logo, move your cursor
to the right and click on SUBSCRIBE. To receive notification of new videos click on the bell next to SUBSCRIBE then click on All.
Sing, Sing a Song
Many of us miss singing. Maybe it will feel
good to sing along with this mixed group!
COMING EVENTS
The Broads are back!

Broad Ideas - We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Yes, we will be hosting the 4th annual Broad Ideas celebration of all things female, sharing stories, music and art of those who identify as women and those who support them. Because of Covid constraints, the events will be virtual. Zoom links for all events will be posted soon on our website, www.broadideas.org. Look for details in our March newsletter.
Calendar of Events
March 1
Broad Intentions

We will kick off the month with Broad Intentions, an activity we can each do at home, but together as a caring community. More information will be posted soon on  www.broadideas.org
 
March 8, 5pm – 6pm
Be Your Own Broad (B.Y.O.B)

Celebrate International Women’s Day by joining the Broads online for a virtual cocktail hour as we launch our 2021 exhibit, via an online flipbook of work.
We’ll tell stories, field questions and share space together.

March 18, 7pm – 8pm
Songwriters’ Showcase

We are bringing Songwriters’ Showcase back…via YouTube. 

This one of a kind concert will feature the amazing talents of women songwriters. Join us.

March 23, 7pm–7:30pm
Guided Meditation

Join Kate Miller as she honors the Spring Equinox by leading us all through a guided meditation.
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 5 - 7.
THANK YOU!
  • Gail and Gary Appel
  • Jim Baranski
  • Claire Bersbach
  • Steve and Maren Coates
  • John Cox
  • Alice Ericksen
  • Bob Felderman
  • Friends of the Galena Public Library
  • The Galena Foundation
  • Jane Holland
  • Patricia Lehnhardt
  • Lord of Love Lutheran Church
  • Joe Mattingley
  • Ken Robb
  • Brittani Stephenson
  • Kimberly Thompson
  • United Churches of Galena Food Pantry
  • Tom Van Gelder
  • Lenny Wayne
  • Patty and Chuck Wemstrom
  • Karen Wilson
  • Women & Friends Making A Difference
WISH LIST
Sturdy 6’ or 8’ stepladder
Support us with AmazonSmile Foundation Donations
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 smile.amazon.com (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!
Become a Member
Did you know you can become a member online?
Click HERE for information about our membership program.
Please Donate
Please help us to advance our mission to
elevate and celebrate regional arts and artists.
To donate online click on This Link, or send your check to:
The Galena Center for the Arts, 219 Summit Street, Galena, IL 61036.
Please forward our newsletter to your friends and relatives. They can click below to receive their own monthly update. Thanks for sharing our news with others!
This program is partially supported by a grant
from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
This program is supported in part by an award from The Chicago Community Foundation, from the Arts Work Fund – Arts for Illinois Emergency Relief Fund housed at The Chicago Community Trust.
This program has been made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
Don't forget to "Like" the Galena Center for the Arts on Facebook 
Have a preferred email address? Please let us know. 
Thanks so much for your support of the Galena Center for the Arts!
 
Newsletter produced by Dennis Waltman