February Newsletter
Dear Friends of the Arts,
I am so excited about getting back to our mission; about soon getting back to our “work” (which, in this case, is getting back to “play.”) Feeling hopeful that the worst of the pandemic will be past soon, we are scheduling a number of activities and events.

Broad Ideas will be back in March, and we hope to invite you soon to in-person Songwriters Showcases and Table Readings. After the many months most of us had to stay home, we should be ready for vicarious travel via the April radio show Around the World in 80 Days. And there’s so much more to look forward to. Check out the coming events section of the newsletter for a quick list of some of the events we are planning. You will receive more info in future newsletters.

Of course, if the last two years have taught us anything, it has taught that we have to be flexible. If some of these events have to be virtual, for everyone’s safety, we will do that. But for today, my fingers are crossed that we can start using our new space, in person, soon!
Looking forward to seeing you!

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Progress Report for December
It may not look like an elevator yet, but Earl Thompson’s crew has
the elevator shaft built from the lower level to the upper level in the building.
A few rooms are getting painted. Here, Lenny Wayne is hard at work.
Nick Timmerman and Blain Montgomery are working on a big job, spray painting the ceiling of the performance space.
Virtual Exhibit
Great Expectations
The new year has just begun, and our artists have shared their “Great Expectations” for the future, or things that were anticipated and have come to pass through the years. Our flip-book presentation features twenty-two regional artists using photography, paint, sculpture in steel and clay, fabric, and poetry. 

Many of the artworks are for sale. Contact the Gallery Manager to add that special piece to your home. Perhaps you need a new pair of shoes. They happen to be on sale! Or a painting to remind you of summer pleasures, or a metal sculpture to gift to a new family. So many talented artists in our area!

And enjoy all of our past virtual books at:
Songwriters Showcase
Young Musicians!
YouTube Premiere
Thursday, February 17, 7pm
We highlight a few of our many talented young musicians in this special showcase. These are a few of the young people who will be performing.

This summer, we hope to encourage others to join us at a Young Musicians Open-Mic.
Liliana Asta, singing for the “Free Hugs” campaign on Main Street last summer.
Cora Dittmar sings, and writes her own songs.
Charlotte Coia has been singing at open mics since she was 3 years old.
Landon Woerhreide has been playing drums for several years and can really rock!
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View from the Studio
With the physical gallery still shuttered and construction in our new site, we thought you might want to see what our regional artists are up to.
Diane L. Murtha
Diane L. Murtha is a quilter, fiber artist, lecturer, and instructor. Quilting for over 30 years, she gravitated to art quilts 10 years ago and discovered she loves challenges. Her quilts are included in books, magazines, juried exhibits, and international shows. She uses a variety of fiber art methods and has even developed a few of her own techniques to achieve the look she desired. Diane believes creating is a constant learning and exploring journey. Her work can be seen in our virtual exhibit, Celebrating Summer. After many years in Germany and Northern Virginia, she currently resides in Iowa.
Learn more at:  www.dianeLmurtha.com
Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dianelmurtha/ 
Corporate Spotlight
for January
In Touch With Nature & Jo-Carroll Energy
We are very appreciative of the many businesses that have become Corporate Members of the Center, and will be featuring them monthly in our newsletter as a way of letting everyone know the many ways they reach out to help their community.
the photographic magic of Barbara Baird
Barbara Baird is an artist and has been a Corporate Member of the Center and a great supporter for many years.

She is an accomplished photographer with a specialty in wildlife, and especially birds. Her photographs have frequently been published in Bird Watcher’s Digest magazine and many others.

Barbara is often an exhibitor in our shows, both physical and digital, and gave a presentation at the Center about her process in capturing wildlife photographically in July 2017.
For more information about Barbara click here In Touch With Nature
Jo-Carroll Energy, a Corporate Member of the Center since 2017, is an energy and broadband internet cooperative, owned by the members it serves. Created in 1939 with the mission to enhance the quality of life for members, that vision persists today as the co-op works to bring fiber internet to members’ homes and businesses to connect our members to the world.

Concern for community is a core principle of member-owned cooperatives. For Jo-Carroll
Energy, service is more than delivering energy and broadband to their members. It is about the power of human connections, building relationships with their members and creating partnerships to enhance our communities.

Headquartered in Elizabeth, Jo-Carroll Energy serves approximately 26,500 electric, natural gas and broadband internet accounts in Jo Daviess, Carroll, Whiteside and Henry counties. Located in the diverse rural area of northwestern Illinois, they serve small businesses and industries, farms and residences as well as second homes, cabins and recreational homes.
Center Photographers Featured in
Illinois Country Living
Congratulations to Michelle Dieter and Casey Klein for having their photos featured in the SnapShots section of Jo-Carroll Energy’s February issue of Illinois Country Living.
Coming Events
We hope you will join our adventure as we march forth into year 5...(Spoiler, our Opening will be March 4, 2022. We're punny!)

WE WANT TO INCLUDE YOU! All genders, ages, and abilities encouraged to submit work and be a part of our show.

Work should somehow include your story, the telling of a woman’s story, or touch on the idea of Resilience.
For general info, go to BroadIdeas.org.

For additional submission details, go to the Submissions tab.
Theater Camp
Acting Classes

Theater Camp returns in July 2022!
We are excited to offer two classes in
the new Galena Center of the Arts performance space.
Instructor, Cindy Tegtmeyer
Youth Acting Class: Monologues (Ages 10-13)
July 18-22, 2022 from 1pm-4pm

Learn basic vocal techniques, have fun with theater games, explore improv skills and put all your newly learned skills together in the performance* of a short theatrical or film monologue.
Acting for Teens: Scene Study (Ages 13-18)
July 25-29, 2022 from 1pm-4pm

Utilize specific vocal and movement techniques to develop a character. Learn how putting your attention on your partner builds a compelling relationship onstage. Put all your newly learned skills together in the performance* of a short theatrical or film scene.
*Each week will end with a Friday afternoon showcase
so friends and family can see them perform.
  • Classes held in person at Galena Center for the Arts, 971 Gear St., Galena.
  • Cost: $125 per student (need based scholarships available).
  • Class size limited to maximum of 12 students.
  • Registration opens on the Center’s website on March 1, 2022. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for need based scholarship
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for participation.
Sketching and Painting Workshop
August 12 and 13, 2022
Capturing Galena in
Pen and Ink and Watercolor
Registration is open! Click through to the link to learn more about this summer workshop. Ann Thomas will conduct the class using minimal materials to capture our beautiful historic architecture in and around Galena.

It will start at the Center on Gear Street where Ann will share her techniques for laying down an ink sketch and add color with watercolor paint to accentuate tone, texture and contrast. She will accompany everyone to a location to put into practice the techniques she has developed through the years.
Galena Sketch
Click on this link for more information and to register.
Other Coming Events
  • 4 Broad Ideas Opening
  • 16 Broad Ideas Songwriters Showcase            
  • 27 Broad Ideas Spoken Word and Closing                  

  • 1 Virtual Exhibit “Invitation to Wonder”
  • 14 Songwriters Showcase
  • 21-23,28-30, May 1(matinee) Radio Show, Around the World in 80 Days
  • 11 Table reading
  • 19 Songwriters Showcase
  • 28, 29 (matinee) Table Reading,  And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little
  • 4,5 Juliani Ensemble
  • 16 Songwriters Showcase “Fete de la Musique”

  • 7,8 John Erickson Trio
  • 18-22, 25-29 Youth Acting Camp

  • 12,13 Capturing Galena Painting Workshop
Recent Activities at the Center
The Broads participated in the Culver’s Share Night on January 18, had lots of fun, and were delighted to receive donations totaling $496.
l to r: Cathie Elsbree, Connie Warnsing, Irene Thraen-Borowski,
Carole Sullivan. Others on the team that night, Jen Nottrott
and Nancy Schuldt.
If you missed the January Songwriters Showcase with Rich Matz, you can access it anytime by clicking on the image to the right.
  • Julie AuWerter
  • Jim Baranski
  • Christina Calderon
  • John Cox
  • Illinois Bank & Trust
  • Julie Johnson
  • Lord of Love Lutheran Church
  • Joe Mattingley
  • Montgomery-Timmerman Construction
  • Poopsie’s
  • Carol Poston
  • Tom and Pam Powers
  • Anita Sands
  • Spotsie's
  • Brittani Stephenson
  • Earl Thompson
  • Alana Turner
  • Dennis Waltman
  • Lenny Wayne
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 4-6.
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
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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
971A Gear Street, Galena, Illinois 61036
(779) 214-0261
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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Newsletter produced by Dennis Waltman