June Newsletter
Coming to the Center in June!
​Dear Friends of the Arts,
​It’s been a whirlwind of activity at the Center lately, and it feels wonderful to resume being a Center for the ARTS. What a joy to see artists coming and going, bringing new artwork for our first major exhibit in the new building, aptly named Emergence.

In May, we had an enthusiastic Youth Art Gallery opening, studio artists have been working in their studios, and engaged audiences experienced Table Readings and Songwriters Showcase. And there’s so much more coming! Scroll down to read about the Juliani Ensemble, Fete de la Musique, and the Jimmys Blues Band Fundraiser, all in June.

I hope to see you at the June 3 Emergence art opening, and will be available to give tours of the downstairs performance space. Just ask me. Looking forward to a wonderful artistic summer.

Embrace the Experience!
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, 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!
Become a Member
Did you know you can become a member online?
Click HERE for information about our membership program.
Progress Report for May
Work goes on! Sometimes it feels like it is endless, but bit by bit there is progress.
The big excitement is that in a couple weeks we should have a functioning elevator. 

Earl Thompson’s wonderful crew finished the masonry for the shaft, Kloss/Winter Electric managed to get power to it, and the Braun TK Elevator crew have been working hard to install the elevator. The elevator now has doors, upstairs and down! 
Work continues on drop ceilings, flooring, HVAC, plumbing, painting, and so much more! We still have some supply issues (interior doors, for example), but are making do in whatever ways we can. We hope to have our audience restrooms in operation soon.

To be revealed, uncovered, disclosed; quietly, slowly, gradually.
Gallery Exhibit June 3—July 31, 2022
Still Under Wraps
photograph by Mary Katos
We are excited to emerge into our new gallery! After more than two years of being closed, the artists are ready to bring their work to light for this exhibit. It promises to be a diverse show with pottery, fiber art, paintings, photography, and sculpture by regional artists. 

Bob Rivoire has again submitted a slideshow of his photos, which can be viewed on a large screen as a part of the exhibit. 

Join us for the opening night, June 3, 5-7pm with bubbly and chocolates to celebrate. The exhibit will be open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 11am—4pm through the end of July. 
The Juliani Ensemble
The Juliani Ensemble will be in Galena for two different presentations at the Center.
Saturday, June 4
Saturday, June 4, will be an hour long informal "Meet the Juliani Ensemble" event at 5 pm where they will have the chance to talk about their music, preview some of the repertoire, and interact with everyone. Especially good for young people, and anyone who would like insight into the ensemble and their music.
Sunday, June 5
Anita Graef, Emily Graef, Julian Graef
Sunday, June 5, will be a Chamber Music Concert beginning at 3 pm.
The Juliani Ensemble, a highly acclaimed chamber music ensemble comprised of world class musicians, has delighted audiences with inventive, energetic chamber music concerts since its inception in 1999. As a performing partner at the Chicago Cultural Center in Preston Bradley Hall, the Juliani Ensemble performed to enthusiastic, appreciative audiences for over twenty years.

The core of the ensemble is comprised primarily of members of the multi generational Graef family musicians.

The Juliani Ensemble’s mission is to spread the joy of music through performance, education, outreach and artistry of the highest level.
Thanks to generous donors and the
Arts Midwest GIG grant, these events will be free!

(Donations always welcome, of course.)
This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest GIG Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Songwriters Showcase
Fete de la Musique
Thursday, June 16, 7 pm
Fete de la Musique is an annual international event, celebrating – and reveling in – music, arts and culture. It is a night to promote music by encouraging everyone to participate, as a performer, a listener, or simply a spectator.

The Center will celebrate by offering an open mic evening, hosted by Lenny Wayne. Bring your voice or instrument, or just come to listen, and join in the fun. We’ll be outdoors if it’s nice weather, or can go into the performance space if weather is bad. Bring a picnic if you like! Beverages will be available.

Sign in for the open mic at 6:30, music starts at 7 pm.
Plan on a great time! Party with us at
The Jimmys Blues Band Fundraiser
June 18, 7:30 pm
Have a great time at the Jimmy's Blues Band concert, while helping the Center raise money for construction in our new building!
THE JIMMYS are an award winning, high energy 7-piece blues band featuring Jimmy Voegeli on keyboard and organ, Perry Weber on guitar, Chris Sandoval on drums, John Wartenweiler on bass and an amazing 3-piece horn section. They're sure to get you dancing!!
Limited Seating.
Reservations for tables or individual seating
available through our website.
Individual seats, $50. Tables for eight, $500.
View from the Studio
Al Elsbree has spent a spent a lifetime drawing down the sides of his math papers, bills and anything with numbers on it, finding compositions everywhere: smashed beer cans, clouds, Muffler men statues...seeing the world kind of askew. He taught Middle School art for 36 years, being named outstanding Kane County Middle School educator of the year in 1990. His students painted murals all over the school, and even in local restaurants in Aurora. During the years he taught, he always had a piece he was working on in his art room. After he retired, he felt lost because he had no studio in which to paint, so he began a love affair with photography and the computer.
Finally, he is inspired to paint again…what is that inspiration? His beautiful new studio at Galena Center for the Arts. There are artists all around him, something he has been looking for for years. His new studio is right in the middle of all the art action, just where he wants to be. Great things are coming, he is convinced!
Coming Events
A view of fairway #18 at Galena Golf Club
Outing at the
Galena Golf Club July 14
Join us for a golf outing at the Galena Golf Club on July 14, from 11 am till 8 pm.

Details to come!
We are excited to announce that
we will have a special concert on
July 17 by Ginny Luke!

Ginny is a dynamic electric violinist and singer hailing from Dubuque, IA, and prominently known in Los Angeles. Look for more information in next month’s newsletter.
For a little more intro to Ginny’s world, check out these Youtube offerings.
Songwriters Showcase, July 21
will feature
The Guthries
Chad Aaron Olson, Jr.
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.
Campers from the
2021 Theater Camp
Liliana Asta and Macklan Murphy working on a scene in last year’s camp
Youth Acting Class: Monologues (Ages 10-13)
July 18-22, 2022 from 1pm-4pm
Use this link to sign up for the Monologues workshop.

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
Use this link to sign up for the Scene Study workshop.

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.
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for participation.
Sketching and Painting Workshop
Capturing Galena in
Pen and Ink and Watercolor!

August 12 and 13, 2022
Registration is open! Click through to the link 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
  • 12, 13 - Capturing Galena Painting Workshop
  • August 18 - Songwriters Showcase: Bruce Moon
  • August 21 - Garden Party at LinMar Gardens
  • 15 - Songwriters Showcase: Big Medicine, featuring Lenny and Pearl
  • 16, 17 - John Erickson Trio
Recent Activities
at the Center
First Exhibit in the Youth Art Gallery
On May 10, students from the Galena High School National Art Honor Society (GHS NAHS), hosted an opening of their show: Artcade. Almost 100 people attended the opening to see the work and support these student artists.

The collection consists of work by the following students: Emma Blaum (grade 10), Chase Dittmar (grade 11), Charlie Duncan (grade 10), Rosie Jansen (grade 10), Mafe Lopez (grade 10), John Pellegrino (grade 11), Julia Pellegrino (grade 10) Jovian Pham (grade 12), James Salazer (grade 12), Reagan Simpson (grade 11), Helena Townsend-Grove (grade 9), and chapter sponsor Irene Thraen-Borowski (GHS Art Teacher). 

The, Artcade, video game theme was selected by students and will be up in the Youth Gallery through June. Stay tuned for more student shows!
Songwriters Showcase
Songwriters Showcase for May was hosted by L A Suess,
and featured Robyn and Ted, and Jacquie Miller.
------------------------L A Suess
Robyn and Ted
Jacquie Miller-----------------
Table Readings
Our first table reading since our closing in 2020 was the comedy Romance in D by James Sherman. An enthusiastic audience laughed and sighed with the cast.
l-r Narrator Deb Hyland, Stephanie Bussan, Mike Blaum,
Robert Armstrong, Cathy Harms.
Our second table reading in May, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little featured several actors from the Chicago area: Margaret Scott, Joan McGrath, and Laurie Malinowski. It was a treat to have them join our regional actors, under the direction of Ronn Toebaas, in this very strong play.
l-r Laurie Malinowski, Brian Schoenrock, Whitney Wilwert,
Margaret Scott, Susan Barg, Everett Noble, Joan McGrath.
Corporate Spotlight
for June
Galena Kids
--------Outside the Lines
---------Ulysses Suites
The Workshop
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.
Galena Kids is a fun toy store and learning center, open every day of the week! They offer musical toys, action figures, puzzles, premium quality art supplies, and many more unique toys for children of all ages. Enjoy free shipping and delivery for online purchases at www.galenakids.com. During Christmastime, they also offer free gift wrapping and local delivery.

Galena Kids recently joined Galena Center for the Arts as a Corporate Member in 2021. We look forward to the ways in which they will continue supporting the Center.

For more information, call Galena Kids at 815-994-3647
or visit www.galenakids.com.
For the past 18 years, Outside the Lines has been serving up a wide array of artwork created by Tri-State area artists. Outside the Lines has two locations, one in Galena and one in Dubuque. The galleries feature all sorts of high-quality artwork from pottery and jewelry, to fine crafts and sculptures. Outside the Lines also offers consultations and installations for homes and corporate spaces.

Since 2016, Outside the Lines has been a supporter of Galena Center for the Arts. They joined us as a Corporate Member in 2019 and sponsored our annual Chalk Festival that same year. 

If you are interested in artwork you see at Outside the Lines or would like commission art, email owner Stormy Mochal at otlag@aol.com.

You can also call Galena’s Outside the Lines at 815-776-9166
or visit www.otlag.com.
Ulysses Suites are luxurious suites, located in the historic J. G. Schmohl building downtown Galena. They have been recently renovated and uniquely designed to capture the rich history of Galena’s Civil War history. Back in 1859, the suites used to be known as Hotel Grant. One of their seven suites is a tribute to President and General Ulysses S. Grant, and another is an ADA accessible suite, offering luxury to all people. 

Ulysses Suites have been an active supporter of Galena Center for the Arts. During a recent renovation project, Ulysses Suites displayed Center artwork in their vacant Main Street storefront. It was in this storefront that the Center was able to participate in Galena’s annual Living Windows event at Christmastime.

For more information, call Ulysses Suites at 303-883-5694
The Workshop teaches basic skills and offers activities for Jo Daviess County individuals with disabilities. They encourage the wellbeing of these individuals for successful futures. The Workshop provides job training, employment, community meal programs, transportation, and hosts the annual Special Olympics in Galena, among many other activities. Individuals who participate in these activities enrich their lives and positively impact the community.

Since 2018, The Workshop has been a Corporate Member of Galena Center for the Arts. At the Center, we have featured one of their participants in a month-long art exhibit. Participants at the Workshop have also donated artwork for our fundraiser “Small Art, Big Impact.” 

For more information about The Workshop, call 815-777-2211
  • Jenni Ackerman
  • Patricia Allen-Stewart
  • Robert Armstrong
  • Whitney Arnold
  • Jim Baranski
  • Susan Barg
  • Mike Blaum
  • Michael Buckman
  • Pat Bull
  • Stephanie Bussan
  • Richard Carlini
  • Maren Coates
  • John Cox
  • Donna Davis
  • Robyn Davis
  • Cathy Dorwick
  • Jack Dregne
  • EHMS Mechanical Services
  • Elite Plumbing
  • Fortnightly Club
  • Galena High School National Art Honor Society
  • Anita, Julien and Emily Graef
  • Mark and Sheila Haman
  • Joan and Dick Harmet
  • Dan and Cathy Harms
  • Deb Hyland
  • Kloss-Winter Electric
  • Joseph and Jorene Lieb
  • Lord of Love Lutheran Church
  • Laurie Malinowski
  • Joan McGrath
  • Paul and Nancy McMenamin
  • Jacquie Miller
  • Montgomery-Timmerman Construction
  • Everett Noble
  • Rose and Brett Noble
  • Laura Primrose
  • Bob Rivoire
  • Tom and Julie Saccomanno
  • Brian and Lisa Schoenrock
  • Margaret Scott
  • Denise Spielman
  • L.A. Suess
  • Earl Thompson
  • Irene Thraen-Borowski
  • Ronn Toebaas
  • Dennis and Leslie Waltman
  • Lenny Wayne
  • Dan Weeks
  • Ted Williams
  • Andy Willis
  • Ken and Sandy Winge
  • Janet Zehr
  • Art Gallery Receptionist volunteers to greet gallery visitors and handle art sales.

Contact Carole Sullivan to join our team of volunteers
for art gallery exhibitions in our new Center.
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 June 3 - 5.
Art Studios 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 Patricia to set up a time to tour
the space and discuss the possibilities.
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.
Landscape Clean-up Morning!
On Saturday, June 11, we need volunteers to help us pull some weeds and do landscape clean-up around the building. Dan Harms will be leading us, so we know what to cut and what to keep! We’ll work from 9 am till noon. Can you help? Email Carole so we know to plan on you.
Click here to sign-up to be an art gallery greeter,
or email Carole for more information.
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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Newsletter produced by Dennis Waltman