July Newsletter
Standing ovation for The Jimmys!
​Dear Friends of the Arts,
​Change is in the air. We bid a fond farewell to Patricia Lehnhardt, who is retiring after six years as our Gallery Manager. Patricia has curated so many exquisite exhibits, and we will miss her greatly. She has promised that she will still be very much around and involved in the Center.

Please stop by to meet our new Gallery Manager, Laura Primrose. Laura grew up in one of Galena's original bed and breakfasts after moving here from the Chicago area in the early 1970s. She's recently moved back with her husband, Avery Fullerton, after a 30-year career in elementary education in Washington, D.C. A lifelong enthusiastic supporter of and advocate for the arts, Laura looks forward to her role in "elevating and celebrating" the rich and diverse arts offerings in the Galena region, and is thrilled to be the new Gallery Manager at the Galena Center for the Arts.
Laura Primrose, Carole Sullivan, Patricia Lehnhardt
We have new leadership as well. We welcome Megan Gloss, Colin Sanderson and Denise Spielman to our Board of Directors, and feel very grateful to our retiring Board Members, Debbie Bertucci, Stephanie Bussan and Jan Lavacek, for all they have done for the Center for many years.

We began our new fiscal year on June 1, and of course that means we are preparing our letters to encourage you to renew your memberships, and to encourage friends to become members as well. We are so happy to be able to begin programming in our new building, and look forward to seeing you regularly.

Thanks for being a part of this artistic journey!
It’s time to renew your membership!
Did you know you can become a member,
or renew your membership, online?

Click here for information about our
 membership program.
We are thrilled that we now have over 500 members, and are eager to expand our programming so that we can offer something for everyone! We ask for no funding from the City of Galena, but instead count on our local and regional friends to support the important work we do, through memberships and donations. It makes a difference.

The Arts benefit education; the Arts benefit the economy; and the Arts offer a richer life for all of us. Please be generous with your membership and added donations, so that we can complete the construction in our beautiful new venue, and get all programming back on track.
Time to get involved! We still need greeters for the gallery, and volunteers to help with serving at openings, ushering at music and theatre events, garden maintenance, painting, and more!
If you would like to help out as a greeter, please go to
Signupgenius.com and choose the dates you would like to help. It’s not hard, and it’s so much fun to meet other art lovers, and show off our wonderful new space. For other volunteer opportunities, email Carole.
Thanks so much!
Progress Report for June
We have a new phone number!! Our old number (still functional till July 21) was perhaps the least memorizable number in the universe, so we now have one (starting July 7) that is a little easier, and at least has an 815 area code.
We may not always be there to answer the phone, but feel free to leave messages, and we promise to return your calls.
Even more exciting, the floor tile is finished in the performance space lobby and new bathrooms, and the DOORS are finally here! We’ll be hanging 27 doors in the next few weeks. Whew! Lots of work, but it’s progress!

To be revealed, uncovered, disclosed; quietly, slowly, gradually.
Gallery Exhibit through July 31
Still Under Wraps
photograph by Mary Katos
We have happily emerged into our new gallery! After more than two years of being closed, our regional artists have shared their beautiful and diverse work including pottery, fiber art, paintings, photography and sculpture.

For your viewing pleasure, the exhibit will be open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 11am—4pm through the end of July. Please stop by!
Golf Outing Fundraiser - July 14
You’re invited to join us for a Golf Outing Fundraiser to help us finish our new building! Our Golf Outing Fundraiser will be held at Galena Golf Club on July 14 from 12-noon to 8 pm. Galena Golf Club is located at 11557 US Highway 20 West in Galena. 
The tournament includes an 18-hole round of golf for your 4-person team and a dinner at the clubhouse. 
To sign up, please complete our registration form, and mail it to us (Galena Center for the Arts, 971 Gear Street, Galena, IL, 61036).
The registration form can be downloaded at: Galena Center for the Arts

You can also sponsor a hole or donate silent auction items by emailing director@galenacenterforthearts.com or calling 779-214-0261. All proceeds from this golf outing benefit Galena Center for the Arts.
Ginny Luke - July 17
Join us for a world class concert featuring Ginny Luke. The electric violinist and vocalist will take the the stage on July 17 at 7 pm. 

A limited number of tickets are available for purchase online at Galena Center for the Arts or by calling the Center at 779-214-0261. Beverages will be available to enjoy throughout the concert.
Ginny is well-known in the Los Angeles area as a musician, songwriter and producer. She has recorded music with and performed internationally alongside numerous musicians, including the Foo Fighters, Britney Spears, Shawn Mendes and Stevie Wonder. Recently, Ginny has been featured as the lead vocalist and electric violinist on Questlove’s International Tour “4UPrince” and Dr. Dre’s Orchestral Tour. She has also been a featured musician in The Neverland Express, Meat Loaf’s internationally touring band.

When she is not in the studio working on new music or performing, you can find Ginny managing the electric strings quartet SAGA Strings and the country fiddle duo Gin & Lace. To learn more about her music, follow Ginny Luke on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Unique Opportunity for Young Musicians

We are thrilled to announce that Ginny Luke, native Dubuquer and violinist to the stars (Britney Spears, Foo Fighters, Shawn Mendes), will be hosting a kids and teens musical masterclass at Galena Center for the Arts, covering improvisation, groove and rhythmic pocket, ensemble connection and vocal styles. Attendees will have the opportunity to play their instrument or use their voice in discovering nuances in multiple contemporary styles: pop, rock, blues, classical and country. Come rock out one-on-one with Ginny and discover music in a new way! No charge, 5 – 6 pm, July 17.
Songwriters Showcase - July 21
The Guthries & Chad Aaron Olson, Jr.
Mark your calendars now! The Guthries and Chad Aaron Olson Jr. will take the stage at our Songwriters Showcase on July 21 at 7 pm. The showcase is a free event, but donations are appreciated. Beverages will be available to enjoy throughout the night. 
The Guthries are an American roots duo performing acoustic music seasoned with rock, folks, blues and country. Scott and Erika Guthrie, the two halves of the duo, are multi-instrumentalists well-versed in guitars, banjo, bass, mandolin and light percussion.

Chad Aaron Olson Jr. performs original rock music sprinkled with blues. The Dubuque-area musician is a masterful guitar player and singer who describes himself as “a young man with an old soul!”
July Acting Camps for
Youths and Teens
Both acting camps will be taught by Cindy Tegtmeyer. Cindy has a BFA in Acting from Millikin University. She was a professional actress, SAG-AFTRA voice-over artist and youth acting teacher in Chicago for over 20 years. Cindy also toured as a clown with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. She has performed locally at Bell Tower Theater, the Galena History Museum, Cemetery Walk and a few productions at Galena Center for the Arts. 

Each camp is limited to 12 participants. Those interested are required to have proof of Covid-19 vaccination. The cost is $125 per student (scholarships are available). This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.
Sign up for one of our July Acting Camps!

Use this link to sign up for the Monologues workshop.

Use this link to sign up for the Scene Study workshop.
View from the Studio
The Galena Center for the Arts is fortunate to have Courtney Lomax-Moser’s framing studio and business, Galena Custom Framing, on location. Courtney is a native Galenian who grew up on a farm in rural Galena. She and her husband, Tom, together with their children, work and live on their combined family cattle farms.
Courtney’s interest in framing came about after years of having items framed by Jim and Tom Winter at the Frame Shop on Galena’s Main Street. When the Frame Shop ultimately closed, Courtney found she was ready to dive into this creative outlet and begin a framing business of her own. Serendipitously, a studio became available at the Galena Center for the Arts at the same time about 5 years ago. She now enjoys the community of artists surrounding her studio space at the new Arts Center on Gear Street. Courtney is open to framing most anything and has even framed unusual items such as an actual piece of the Wheel of Fortune “pie” spinner, signed by Pat Sajak. Seeing her customer’s reactions when the product is complete brings Courtney great pleasure.
While Courtney is looking to establishing regular hours again
soon, she welcomes an opportunity to meet you by appointment. 
Coming Events
Call for Art
Summer Reflections
How exciting it is to be in our new gallery space sharing our regional artists’ talents during our current Emergence exhibit! We’ve had a steady flow of visitors from all over the Midwest enjoying our artists’ works. While we still have another month for the public to enjoy this exhibit, we are sending a “Call for Art” for our next exhibit, Summer Reflections.
No. 29. Long Shadows, View off Blackjack Road
by Tom Cunningham, (oil on primed canvas)
We look forward to another diverse show as all mediums are welcome.  Email Laura for more details about submitting work. 

(Pick-up of Emergence art and drop off for Summer Reflections
art will take place on July 31/August 1 between 10am-3pm.)

Please join us for the Summer Reflections exhibit opening and reception on Friday, August 5 from 5-7pm. The exhibit will be open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm from August 6 through September 25. 
Sketching and Painting Workshop
Capturing Galena in
Pen and Ink and Watercolor!

August 12 and 13, 2022
Registration is open! Only 2 spaces left! Click on this link, or the one below the image, to learn more about this 2-day 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.
For more information, to register, and
pay for the class, click on this link .

Any questions, contact the Gallery Manager.
Other Coming Events
  • 3 - “Hello, my name is … “  Improv. Troupe
  • 5 - Summer Reflections Art Exhibit Opening Reception
  • 12 - Youth Concert
  • 12, 13 - Capturing Galena Painting Workshop
  • 18 - Songwriters Showcase: Bruce Moon
  • 21 - Garden Party at LinMar Gardens
  • 15 - Songwriters Showcase: Big Medicine, featuring Lenny and Pearl
  • 16, 17 - John Erickson Trio
  • 20 – Scarecrows! Art That Stands Out In Its Field Exhibit
Recent Activities
at the Center
Opening Reception
We were thrilled to have an opening reception for the aptly titled exhibit, Emergence, and to see so many of our friends and members thereYou can still view the exhibit through July.
The Juliani Ensemble
It was such a joy to hear the music from the Juliani Ensemble, not once but twice. What a treat!
La Fete de la Musique
La Fete de la Musique did not disappoint, except with the excitement that a break in the city water main brings. It takes more than a little flood to stop the music! Here are just a few shots from our open mic.
The Jimmys Concert
The Jimmys Concert was a blast, and everyone loved it. Many thanks to Tom Saccomanno and Julie Bruser for making it happen.
Art Studio Available
In our beautiful new space, we have just one studio available to rent. A dedicated room to gather all your supplies and display your inspirations may be just the thing to create your own special artwork or writing. Join a group of likeminded artists and interact with the public during gallery hours, or find a quiet time away from distractions at home. A room of one’s own may be just what you need to spark creativity.
Email Laura to set up a time to tour
the space and discuss the possibilities.
Corporate Spotlight
for June
Eagle Ridge Realty, Inc.
The Grape Escape, Inc.
The Haunted Galena Tour Company
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.
For over 30 years, Eagle Ridge Realty has been the official real estate agency of The Galena Territory. They are here to minimize the stress of transitioning by helping you find and sell single-family homes, vacation homes, condos and townhouses.
Eagle Ridge Realty joined Galena Center for the Arts as a Corporate Member in 2021.
For more information,
email Mark Sumpter at msumpter@eagleridgerealty.com or visit www.eagleridgerealty.com.
Relax and unwind at Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape. This wine and martini lounge offers live entertainment and tasty treats as you sip on spirits and libations. Since 2018, The Grape Escape has been supporting the Center, and in 2021, they became a Corporate Member.
For more information,
or call (779) 214-0003.
Walk into Galena’s haunting history with The Haunted Galena Tour Company. Expert guides Robyn and Ted lead you through the dark folklore of downtown Galena with mystery and suspense. You can indulge in Galena’s captivating past with their Walking Ghost Tours, Spirits and Spirits Tours, and indoor stage shows.

Though The Haunted Galena Tour Company just joined us as a Corporate Member last year, owners Robyn and Ted have actively supported the Center as performers at our monthly Songwriters Showcases.
For more information,
or call 815-990-7203.
  • Lee Adami
  • Patricia Allen-Stewart
  • Jim Baranski
  • Matt Blaum
  • Elizabeth Boggess
  • Pat Bull
  • Stephanie Bussan
  • Rich Carlini
  • Matt Carroll
  • John Cox
  • Donna Davis
  • Cathy Dorwick
  • Jean Dregne
  • Janet Eggleston
  • EHMS Mechanical Services
  • Elite Plumbing
  • Cathie Elsbree
  • Charles Fach
  • Mark Haman
  • Dick and Joan Harmet
  • Dan Harms
  • Mary Carol Harris
  • Ellen Henderson
  • Christie Hensley
  • Al Jirkovsky
  • Kloss-Winter Electric
  • Joseph and Jorene Lieb
  • Lord of Love Lutheran Church
  • Paul and Nancy McMenamin
  • Montgomery-Timmerman Construction
  • Gregg and Emily Painter
  • Len Petrulis
  • Pam Powers
  • Tom Saccomanno and Julie Bruser
  • Laura Southworth
  • Chuck and Denise Spielman
  • L.A. Suess
  • Deb and Michele Sullivan
  • Earl Thompson
  • Dennis Waltman
  • Connie Warnsing
  • Lenny Wayne
  • Andy Willis
  • Sandy Winge
  • Foldable wheelchair.
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.
Gardening Workday
We were grateful to have Dan Harms lead our volunteers, pulling thistles and trimming around the outside of the Center, just in time to make it look good for our June Songwriters Showcase.

We accomplished our goals for our first outdoor workday, and hope to hit it once or twice more this summer.
Email Carole and let her know if you’d like to pitch in to help.
Thank you to all who helped!
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
971 Gear Street, Galena, Illinois 61036
(815) 402-3111
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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