Newsletter for January
Memories from 2019 at the Center
Dear Friend of the Arts,

The New Year will bring many changes and new opportunities for the Center for the Arts. Due to irreconcilable differences between the Center’s needs and Midwest Medical’s needs for the property at 219 Summit Street, we will not be buying this long anticipated property. Midwest Medical has generously agreed that we can stay here for a while, as we investigate other options for our permanent home. If you have ideas or inspirations, please give me a call!

In the meanwhile, we have lots of art and artists working hard to give you wonderful experiences in the new year. After all, “earth” without “art,” is just “eh.”

Wishing you a happy and rewarding new year, and hope to see you often at the Center for the Arts!

​​ The Center will be closed for winter break
from January 23 through January 29
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 1 – 4 pm
Our First Exhibit of 2020
Artistic Diversity
Elevating and Celebrating
Regional Artists
Opening reception January 10, 5-7 pm
January 10 through March 7, 2020
Every artist is different, and every piece of artwork they create is unique.  Diversity  by definition is the quality or state of having many different forms, types, or ideas. Art is one of the most diverse creative outlets there is. 

The first exhibition for 2020 will celebrate just that—the artist, and their artwork. We have filled the gallery with all forms of artwork: paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures in various media, textiles, and fine craft. Come see what our regional artists are creating.

Regional Artists Gallery
This gallery is the first one as you enter the Center and chat with the volunteer at the desk. The current exhibit will encompass the entire space—Regional Artists Gallery, The Special Exhibit Gallery (the big room), and The Artists Circle (the hallways), with no distinction. No theme required!
Feature Gallery
My Girls, Students of Janet Checker
Through March
Cathy Dorwick and Janet Checker in Cathy’s studio at the Center
Janet Checker has been teaching in her home studio, at the Galena Territory Homeowners Club, and for special events for over 20 years in Galena. A few of her students are now showing artwork in our Feature Gallery. There are paintings by Barb Kellar, Cathy Dorwick, Mary Edwards, Jeanne Carlson, and Janet.
It will open the same evening as Artistic Diversity, Friday, January 10, 5–7 pm and remain through the end of March.

Songwriters Showcase
Chad Elliott
January 16, 7 pm
Listen to Chad Elliott as he dives into his artfully crafted songs and love of roots-rock, soul and blues music.
Like the dark earth of his Iowa origins, Chad Elliott's life has served as fertile ground for music.

Elliott has turned love, loss, fatherhood, divorce and homelessness into lyrics. He performs more than 200 shows each year and is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz.

He has cultivated more than 1,000 songs in his career while also honing his skills as painter, sculptor and children's book author/ illustrator.

Americana music at its finest!
Songwriters Showcase is always the third Thursday of the month.
No charge for the concert, but donations are happily accepted .
Sunday Salon
Piano Duets
Elisa Cooper and Sharon Jensen
Sunday, January 19, 2 pm
We are excited to be kicking off our 2020 “Sunday Salon” series with Elisa Cooper and Sharon Jensen who will present a recital of solo and duet works for piano on Sunday, January 19 at 2 pm.
Elisa Cooper is a faculty member of Emmaus Bible College where she teaches piano and music theory and conducts the Emmaus Ensemble. She performs actively in the Midwest as a collaborative and solo pianist, conductor and occasionally as a singer or violinist and has performed twice at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.
Sharon Jensen teaches piano and music history at Clarke University where she also serves as staff accompanist. In 2001, she made her solo debut with the Dubuque Symphony and has performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall with flautist Peg Cornils Luke.
They are both active as solo and chamber musicians in the Tri-State area and have collaborated as duo-pianists for 15 years.

The program will include Variations Serieuses by Mendelssohn, Nocturne in Eb Major by Chopin, Sonata in C Major by Mozart, Waltz by Khachaturian, Rondo from Sinfonietta by Kapustin and Hungarian Dances by Brahms.

The recital is free but donations are always welcomed.
Agnes of God
a table reading
by John Pielmeier, January 21, 7 pm
Summoned to a convent, a court-appointed psychiatrist is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn. The New York Daily News described this play as “riveting,
powerful, electrifying drama.”
The performance features Nala Kathleen, Emily Painter and
Cathy Goodman, in a reunion of actresses who have all been involved in a show together previously.

In 2006, a musical written by Carole Sullivan and Leslie Gilkey called Blessings to Share was produced in Galena. The graphics work for the show was done by Cathy Goodman, and in the cast were Emily Painter and eleven year old Nala Kathleen. It will be interesting to see them act together fourteen years later.

Please plan to stay for a brief talk-back after the performance.

​Admission $8
Annual “clean-up,
fix-up” day
Wednesday, January 22
Please join us for our annual “clean-up, fix-up” day, which will be Wednesday, January 22. We’ll plan to start at 10 am, and hope to be done around 2 pm. If you can come for the whole time, great! We’ll have a lunch prepared for you. If you can only come for a while, that’s fine too. It’s amazing how much we get done with many hands working.

Please give us a call, or click here to email Karen , to let us know you will be joining us.
Will Mueller
Will is joining us this year to help us book the performers that will be featured in our Songwriters Showcase series. You may remember seeing him when he was the featured songwriter in August of 2018.
Will is a singer songwriter who is continuing a musical tradition that has been in his family for over five generations. Using humor and life experiences, he writes and performs a selection of songs that all generations enjoy.

He is a multi-instrumentalist performing in a variety of venues, including county and state fairs and festivals, churches, live radio shows, house concerts, plays, open mics, farmers markets, specialty events, circle jams and various stage performances. Along with solo work, he also performs backup for a variety of other artists.

Will and his wife PJ promote artists with their summer and winter concert series in Mount Carroll, IL. You can find the schedule on Facebook: Mount Carroll Music on the Square . We look forward to working with Will, and hearing much more of his music.
Save the Date, February 11
A table reading of the comedy
I Hate Hamlet
by Paul Rudnick
The New York Times described this play as “unapologetically silly and at times hilarious…affectionately amusing about the theatre…"

Don’t miss out on the fun.
David Resnick
Sunday Salon
February 16, at 2 pm
JazzQ features faculty from Northeast Iowa School of Music, playing an eclectic mix of jazz standards, swinging musical theatre tunes and light blues.

Performers will be David Resnick, Rebecca Lansing, Melanie Paulson, Andrew Geyssens and John Garde. 
Songwriters Showcase
Conrad Merced
February 20, 7 pm
Conrad Merced is a singer/ songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer based in Chicago. 

More info about Conrad can be found at .
Saturday, February 22
If you are interested in history, archeology, or independent documentary cinema, be sure to save this day for a celebration of work produced by noteworthy faculty and staff of Southern Illinois University. The first two events are film screenings. The third is a lecture with a PowerPoint presentation.

More information will be in next month’s newsletter.
Vietnam War - 11 am
2017 Solar Eclipse - 1:30 pm
Rock Art - 3 pm
Broad Ideas returns in March
Be a part of this amazing, collaborative experience!

Broad Ideas is a celebration, an acknowledgment, and a community of support and solidarity for those who identify as women.

This dynamic show is for everyone who supports women. All abilities are welcome and encouraged.

(Submissions Due 2/1/2020!)
Recent Activities at the Center
Catch the Train in Galena
The Workshop visited the Catch the Train in Galena exhibit
All ages enjoyed the trains
Phil Jackman’s presentation about the
restoration of the “Big Boy” locomotive
Holiday Gathering at the Center
Carole Sullivan reading The Gift of the Magi
Caroling at the Holiday Gathering
Summit Street Singers - Fevre River Voices
Summit Street Singers
Fevre River Voices caroling at Washington Park on Luminaria Night
Studio Space Available
We now have one studio immediately available to rent for $100 a month. A dedicated space may be just the thing you need to get back to your creative expression. Join a group of like-minded studio artists, be inspired by the regional artists who display work in our galleries, and display your art on the adjacent wall in the Artists Circle. 

Please call  779-214-0261  or   email Patricia,   our Gallery Manager,
 for a tour and information about renting studio space.
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 January 4 & 5.
  • Sandra Aull
  • Elizabeth Boggess
  • Keith Dart
  • Roger Dart
  • Cathy and Kevin Dorwick
  • Sue Droessler
  • Janet Eggleston
  • Cathie Elsbree
  • Fevre River Voices
  • Doris and Stan Griewski
  • Sheila Haman
  • Joan Harmet
  • Justin Jackman
  • Lily Jackman
  • Phil and Terri Jackman
  • Shari Kochman
  • Judy Lange
  • Patricia Lehnhardt
  • Susan Lipnick
  • Helen Mayberry
  • Jack and Arlene O’Callaghan
  • David Ohms
  • Emily Painter
  • Kent Parry
  • Chad Roeben
  • Gary Seymour
  • Summit Street Singers
  • Richard Tickner
  • Dennis and Leslie Waltman
  • Sandy Winge
  • Bob Zehntner
  • Janet Zehr
  • Photocopier paper
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 (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.

 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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This program is partially
supported by a grant from the
Illinois Arts Council Agency
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Newsletter produced by Dennis Waltman