March Newsletter
Dear Friends of the Arts,
We started to move into the upstairs of our new building on Gear Street on February 5, and it has been a whirlwind of a month as we finally moved our offices. We greatly appreciate all the help and encouragement we have had from the staff of the Illinois Bank & Trust. We also owe many thanks to the generosity of the congregation of the Lord of Love Lutheran Church, who has shared their space with us as we waited to be able to move. It has been exhilarating and reinforcing to see the excitement shown by the artists who are moving into their studios in the new building. Our studio artists have been so patient, waiting for these spaces to be ready, and we look forward to them creating wonderful art to bring this building back to life.
We are so excited to have our first exhibit in our new space, Broad Ideas, opening on March 4. After the opening, we will have limited weekend hours throughout March for the exhibit to be open, which will offer an opportunity for those who cannot come to the opening, or those who want to see the works again, in more depth. Please join us when you can.
We look forward to seeing you!

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Progress Report for February
On Feb 5, a crew of volunteers hauled furniture, washed plaster dust off chairs, and swept up what felt like acres of floor. A brief break allowed time for a photo.
Big thanks go to Dan Harms, Jan Lavacek, Emily Painter, Janet Eggleston, Connie Warnsing, Mark and Sheila Haman, Liliana Asta, Tim Wedeward, and Jim and Josie Asta.
Carl Droessler and Jan Lavacek spent the last two Saturdays working to recycle the bank tellers floor cabinets into what will be the counters for the dressing rooms, the sink cabinets for the classroom and the greenroom, and the cabinets for the concessions stand. What a great way to repurpose!
We now have piles of shiny new ductwork for the HVAC system filling the hallways. This may be the only chance you get to see it, as, once installed, much of it will be hidden above the ceilings. One more step of progress as we work on the lower level of the Center!
Call for Art
Invitation to Wonder
For the last two years we have been wondering about what the future will bring. Now’s the time to express it in art. The dictionary definition of the word is broad. Wonder can be used as a noun, verb, adjective, or name.

Show us something that is amazing, something to inspire curiosity or doubt, surprise, astonishment, or mystery. Something to engage the viewer/reader. Something wonderful!

Please consider contributing to this exhibit with your artwork, in any medium, including poetry or written word, and tell us a little bit about your “Invitation to Wonder” and why you chose the subject of your artwork. The deadline is March 15.

Click on this link to email Patricia, Gallery Manager, for
more information and how to submit your artwork.
Photograph: “Serenity Sailing By” by Henry Matthiessen III
Enjoy all of our past virtual books at:
Corporate Spotlight
for March
Chestnut Mountain Resort & Culver’s of Galena
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.
We first collaborated with Chestnut Mountain Resort when we and the ARC joined forces to create the Youth Arts Festival, in which we invited teachers from all over Jo Daviess County to exhibit their student’s best artwork. Chestnut Mountain Resort donated the use of their space, and graciously helped us to set up and run the event for two years. They have continued to support the Center as Corporate members since 2017.
We are proud to have Culver’s of Galena as one of our Corporate members since 2017. We recently were invited to do a “share night” with them, which specifically benefited the Broad Ideas program, and we had fun helping to serve dinners for an evening at this wonderful family restaurant.

From Butterburgers to deep-fried cheese curds to frozen custard, there’s always something delicious on the menu.
Virtual Exhibits
Since the gallery was closed in 2020, we have continued to “elevate and celebrate” our regional artists, as is our mission, through virtual exhibits, in the form of flip books on our website. Not the ideal situation, but the artists have been very receptive of the idea, and many new artists have found us to exhibit in this way. We can’t wait to meet them in person when we open the new gallery this summer. One more to go—“Invitation to Wonder” will debut in our April newsletter. Click on the image below to view them.
Coming Events
Songwriters Showcase
Brion Bowman
Thursday, April 14, 7pm
Our April Songwriters Showcase, featuring Brion Bowman at the keyboard, will be a week earlier than usual, scheduled for April 14 at 7 pm at the new Center.
Radio Show
Around the World in 80 Days

April 21,22,23 - 28,29,30 at 7 pm
May 1 at 2 pm
Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock!

This rollicking production, with six actors playing 39 roles, is sponsored by Exact Pest Solutions; Baranski, Hammer, Moretta and Sheehy Architects, and Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation. 

Tickets will go on sale April 1.
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.
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for participation.
Drawing and Painting Workshop
August 12 and 13, 2022
Capturing Galena in
Pen and Ink and Watercolor
Registration is open for this two-day workshop—with only four spots left! (We will keep a waiting list when it fills.) With our beautiful Galena architecture and landscape, Ann Thomas will guide you through the techniques she has mastered over the years. It will start in the classroom at the Center and everyone will move downtown or to historical residential neighborhoods to capture the essence of the surroundings, while she guides you through the process.
For more information about Ann, the class, the supply
list, and to register click on this link 
Other Coming Events
  • 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”
  • 18-22, 25-29 Youth Acting Camp
  • 12,13 Capturing Galena Painting Workshop
Recent Activities at the Center
The cast and crew at the first read-through of
Around the World in 80 Days
Back row from left:
Brian Schoenrock, Matt Blaum, David Resnick, Jan Lavacek, Dan Harms

Front row from left:
Jay Dickerson, Carole Sullivan, Cindy Tegtmeyer, Emily Painter, Cathy Harms, Mark Haman
  • Marsha Abramson
  • Jim, Josie, and Liliana Asta
  • Julie AuWerter
  • Jim Baranski
  • Birds. Fried Chicken
  • Christina Calderon
  • Megan Carter
  • John Cox
  • Carl and Susie Droessler
  • Janet Eggleston
  • EHMS Mechanical Services
  • Cathie Elsbree
  • Wally Friker
  • Galena Lions Club
  • Galena Rotary Club
  • Galena Territory Association
  • Galena Unit School system
  • Mark and Sheila Haman
  • Dan Harms
  • Illinois Bank & Trust
  • Al Jirkovsky
  • Janelle Keeffer
  • Kloss-Winter Electric
  • Lord of Love Lutheran Church
  • Tracy Lyden
  • Joe Mattingley
  • Montgomery-Timmerman Construction
  • Otto's
  • Emily Painter
  • Poopsie's
  • Gladdy Ressler
  • Rotary Club of Galena
  • Tommy Saccomanno and Julie Bruser
  • Sand Prairie
  • Denise Spielman
  • Spotsie's
  • Brittani Stephenson
  • Earl Thompson
  • Irene Thraen-Borowski
  • Denise Tollensdorf
  • Alana Turner
  • Tim Vincent
  • Dennis Waltman
  • Connie Warnsing
  • Lenny Wayne
  • Tim Wedeward
  • Andy Willis
  • John Winter
  • Lindsey Zmich
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 March 4-6.
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The Galena Center for the Arts
971A Gear Street, Galena, Illinois 61036
(779) 214-0261
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Newsletter produced by Dennis Waltman