Newsletter for July 2018
The Fine Art of Fiber

Hello Friends and Art Lovers,
You have a wonderful opportunity to have fun and help the Center for the Arts at the same time, at the  Play it Forward  golf outing on August 4, sponsored by Woodbine Bend and Scout Magazine. We are honored that they have chosen us, along with Timber Lake Playhouse, to benefit from this annual event. You will find details below in the newsletter. And even if you don’t golf, plan to attend the dinner….we’re working on some surprises for you!
As we look toward the future in our planning for 2019 and beyond, we want your input…what exhibits, what performances, what experiences would you like? We invite you to a focus group meeting at 7 PM on Tuesday, July 17, to brainstorm ideas for future exhibits and programming at your Center for the Arts. Please RSVP to let us know you are coming!
If you haven’t yet seen “The Fine Art of Fiber” exhibit, be sure to stop by. It’s amazing! Hope to see you soon.
The Fine Art of Fiber
Through August 5

Gallery hours 11 am–4 pm Thursday through Sunday

Over twenty-five fiber artists are exhibiting their finely honed skills of quilting, basketmaking, fabric printing, doll-making, weaving, stitching, felting, sewing, or paper making. What a great variety of beautiful pieces we have. Please come to see the exhibit and find the perfect gift for yourself or someone you love Read more...
Making Threads
Saturday July 7 from 10 am-noon
Fun with Fiber
Saturday July 21 from 10 am-2 pm
Embroidery Circle at the Center
         Beginning July 11, 1 pm-3 pm
Calling all hand embroiderers! Do you have unfinished embroidery projects that you never have enough time to complete? Would you enjoy stitching with others and sharing tips? Here’s your opportunity to join the Center’s new, free Embroidery Circle stitching activity on Wednesdays from 1-3 pm. This event will be held in the Center’s lower level meeting room, which is accessible from both the gallery front entrance or the lower level performance space entrance.
Karen Wilson, our Office Manager and a student with the Royal School of Needlework in England, will share insights from her recent thread painting project at the kick-off session for this group. Bring your current embroidery project to work on at this event and invite your fellow embroiderers to join us as we launch this new program.
Regional Artists Gallery
Gallery hours 11 am–4 pm Thursday through Sunday

There are lots of new intriguing artworks in the gallery. We have several young artists displaying with us for the first time, from exquisite portraits with a strong narrative, detailed pencil drawings, paintings and collages with thoughtful statements of our life and times to colorful wildlife paintings. Our admired regional artists have also brought in new and old work—always wonderful!
Regional Artists Gallery
Feature Gallery
The Figure Drawing group will be displaying their sketches in the Feature Gallery through the end of August
Each Thursday they meet with a model. They start with quick poses to loosen up and gain confidence with the model. Gradually the poses are longer to concentrate on details. These sketches are often taken home to refine or used to create finished work.

Working from a live model sharpens their drawing skill. The human figure is the hardest thing to draw, involving different textures and features. After mastering the human figure, everything else is possible. 

They work in graphite, charcoal, conté crayon, pastels, watercolors or whatever they choose. Some come to concentrate on hands, feet, face, or the texture of hair. As skills improve they hone in on their specific technique and style. 

Figure Drawing is taking a summer break, but will start up again on September 6, 1:30-3:30 pm.
Feature Gallery
Galena ChalkFest 2018
Chalk artists braved the unseasonably hot day at Galena ChalkFest to create some wonderful artwork. Chalk art is ephemeral, and the images have already washed away in the recent rains, but fortunately we have photos to share with those of you who couldn’t come to the Center on ChalkFest to watch the artists work.

Check out the ChalkFest art winners below.  
High School category: Mike Hadfield, Cuba City team
Rachel Trimble, Adult team
Sara Wentz, Family team
Dan Leick, Individual
Chalk art of our featured artist
Emily Cotton Cram
More ChalkFest art and artists
Songwriters Showcase
Liz Snavely July 19, 7-9 pm
Lyric based, toe-tappin’, urban folk, acoustic singer-songwriter Liz Snavely, of LVNMUZIQ, has a distinct vocal sound that can warm up the chilliest morning, and her songs have a way of working their way under your skin and making themselves a part of your being. With introspective poetry set to music that cuts to the soul, Snavely considers songwriting free therapy that helps her work through pain and discover her own inner strength.

LVNMUZIQ has performed at hundreds of shows across the U.S. since 2005. Snavely’s main musical objective has always been to encourage anyone to believe in themselves, follow their dreams and live the life they want to live despite their circumstances.
As always, there is no charge for the Songwriters Showcase,
but we do appreciate a donation. Join us for a great night of music!
Sunday Salon
Toccare piano recital
Dr. Elaina Burns
July 22, 4 pm
Crisp, shimmering, playful, pensive, haunting, hypnotic, frenetic, ethereal, effervescent, poignant, elegant - how can these words be conveyed through music? It is the responsibility of the performer, the interpreter, to communicate these concepts to the audience through the use of specific touches and pedal techniques. Let Dr. Elaina Burns treat you to an afternoon of inspiring music by Bach, Scarlatti, Brahms, and others. Each composer requires a different touch at the instrument, and this concert will feature some of the unique touches and pedal techniques that can be used to create an artistic performance. Please join us for an afternoon of beautiful music! 
With the belief that all students can and should experience the mental, emotional, and social benefits of playing an instrument, Dr. Burns, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music ( NCTM ), works to provide positive and enriching musical experiences for all. Dr. Burns has
over 30 years of experience playing the piano, recently performing in New York City. 

There is no charge for this concert, but donations will be welcomed.
Play It Forward
August 4, 2018 at Woodbine Bend
1 pm Tee-Off
Get your teams together for a great day…
                                                      Or if you don’t golf, join us for dinner!
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 NW IL. July ARRT tour dates are 7 and 8.
Prairie Ridge Gallery
Jac Tilton is the featured artist in the gallery. He is a former art educator and has held various management positions in advertising, marketing, graphic design and web development during his career.

This body of work in watercolors includes scenes from Europe and Arizona, along with figural paintings of farmers' market buyers, book readers on a bench, and abstract work. The residents of Prairie Ridge, along with their guests, and guests of the many programs they hold enjoy the gallery daily.
Prairie Ridge is a 55+ retirement community located west of Galena just off Highway 20, next to Midwest Medical Center.
Looking Ahead
the Art of Beth Bird
Opening Reception August 10, 5-7 pm
August 10 through October 7

This exhibit will be about the portrait. Beth has always been interested in the human face and figure to tell stories. Themes such as pies, cakes, birds, fruits and dance are the artist’s props for her narrative. Every drawing begins with the face and if it doesn’t look interesting, she quits and starts over. Mistakes, reworking and starting over are an important part of the process of making interesting art.

Come to meet Beth and her Portraits on Friday evening, August 10, 5–7 pm. Gallery hours are 11 am–4 pm, Thursday through Sunday.
Golden Eagle by Beth Bird
Summer Sunday Salon
Save the date…Sunday, August 12 at 2 pm...
t o attend the Woodin Family recital!
The Woodin Family returns to our corner of the world in August. John, Nancy, son Rob and daughter-in-law Lydia are preparing an afternoon of Broadway and light classical music that will include some old favorites and will also introduce some soon-to-be favorites.
Visit with John and Nancy and family at a reception after the performance.
Art that stands out in its field
Watch for the Scarecrows
August 31

They will be popping up at the Center and around town.

Email or call Patricia to get more information to join in the fun!

or leave a message at 779-214-0261.
Richard Pearce
Upcoming Feature Gallery Exhibit
September and October
The stunningly beautiful photographic art work of the late Richard Pearce will be exhibited in our Feature Gallery during September and October. Richard’s “Stories of Our Wildflowers” and “Return to Nature’s Garden” videos will be showcased along with his photographs, for those who wish to view these productions. Both the DVDs and Richard’s framed photographs are currently available for sale in our gift shop as well.
The Galena Center for the Arts was designated in Richard’s estate as one of the recipients of gifts in memory of Richard, and we are honored to be recognized in this manner. We wish to thank Richard’s family and friends who have made contributions to us in his memory, and we look forward to offering this upcoming special exhibit as a tribute to his remarkable artistic talent.

 Studio Space Available

Looking for a room of your own for your art projects? Need a place to display your art? Want to be involved with a community of artists? 

Consider renting one of the art studios at the Center. 

Email Pat at:

for a tour and details.
We were thrilled to be featured as part of the Spotlight on Galena on Channel 4 TV news on Friday, June 15.  Follow this link to see the 2 minute video.
We are considering what we might do for Broad Ideas next year. Would you take this short ten question survey to help guide us? 

Thank you!

Click on image to right to take survey.
Yoga with Marion the Bubble Lady
Tuesday at 10:00-11:30 am
Lower level of the Center

Mindful Yoga with Kate Miller will be taking a break for the summer starting the end of May.

Classes resume on September 12.

This ongoing class integrates mindfulness with yoga and breath-work.
Participants are guided in basic Hatha Yoga postures to their capacity, while maintaining moment-to-moment awareness, utilizing the breath to enhance flexibility, and exploring boundaries and limits in a gentle and caring way. Each class ends with deep relaxation.
Thank You!
  • Bryan Ackerman
  • Connie Basso
  • Elizabeth Boggess
  • Mary Cinto
  • Donna Davis
  • Jean Dregne
  • Cathie Elsbree
  • Terri Jackman
  • Char Kennedy
  • Toni Klingler
  • Carol and Jim Mantey
  • Diann and Robert Marsh
  • Kate Mills
  • Laura Scoles
  • Joe Terry
  • Mary Weck
  • Sandy Winge
Galena ChalkFest Sponsors
  •    Dupaco
  •    First Community Bank of Galena
  •    Freeport Art Museum
  •    Illinois Arts Council
  •    Illinois Bank & Trust

 Galena ChalkFest Featured
  •    Emily Cotton Cram, Artist
Galena ChalkFest Judges
  • Katrina Garner, Judge
  • Donna Gibson, Judge
  • Jessica Modica, Judge

Galena ChalkFest Musicians
  •    Ardy Michaels
  •    L.A. Suess
  •    Lenny Wayne
Galena Chalkfest Committee
Members and Volunteers
  •    Big Bill’s Sandwich Shop
  •    Jack Deiter
  •    Michelle Deiter
  •    Dick Harmet
  •    Deb and Mike Hyland
  •    Patricia Lehnhardt
  •    Nancy McMenamin
  •    Stephanie O’Shaughnessy
  •    Emily Painter
  •    Charlene Price
  •    Diane Siese
  •    Deb and Michele Sullivan
  •    Chris and Jac Tilton & Tony
  •    Katherine Walker
  •    Sara Wentz
If you need help signing up, just call 779-214-0261 and we can assist you.
Gallery Volunteers

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

This spring and summer season we are extending the hours to 11-4pm. There are two shifts, 11-1 and 1-4. Please check out the available dates, choose a shift that works for you, and fill out the information at the bottom of the page.

Don’t forget to click the “Sign up to volunteer” button. Thanks for all your valuable time and talents to share artwork with our visitors.
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