The Leaf Project,  Trees…Branching Out
Dear Friends of the Arts,

We have been joyfully overwhelmed by the number of people who have renewed their memberships or started new memberships during July, many sending additional donations, knowing this is a hard time for the Arts. We can’t thank you enough for your votes of confidence in the Center! It warms our hearts, and gives us courage for the future.

While it still is not safe for us to be together, we continue to encourage artists to create, and to make art accessible to all via virtual content. We find that people from other states, and even other countries, are watching it! A surprise benefit for all.

I hope you have been following our “Celebrating Art in Our Lives” videos on our YouTube channel. The last one in that series, “Inside a Table Reading”, created by Susan Barg, will be published on August 4.

We have links to all of the videos below.

There are some exciting new projects in the works. Stay tuned!
We miss you,

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Trees…Branching Out
A Virtual Exhibit
Our virtual exhibit continues on our website. Over twenty artists have contributed to the flip-book in photographs, paintings, sculpture, stitchery and poetry. 

Robert Rivoire’s beautiful slideshow is also in our exhibit and on YouTube. An essay, read by
Ron Jenkins, accompanies the photos. It is a tranquil homage to the gentle trees that inhabit our landscape.
Click on the image above to view the exhibit

Most of the pieces of artwork are for sale, so please let us know if you are interested, and we’ll get back to you with the details. Write to Patricia at

And, check our FaceBook page for the leaves intended for an installation in the gallery.  Galena Center for the Arts Facebook
Celebrating Art in Our Lives
Videos were released on YouTube every few days. We had fun putting it together and hope you like it!

Here’s the schedule ( blue are active):
Songwriters Showcase
August Schedule
While it's not safe to welcome you into the Center’s performance space for a Songwriters Showcase, we will still be bringing you music by posting a new virtual Songwriters Showcase on YouTube every Thursday until we can get back to regular live performances.

We’ll let you know whose performance we are posting each week on our Facebook page. 
The schedule for August is:
Aug 6 -- Don Greenwood
Aug 20 -- Roy Schroedl
Aug 13 -- Dave Cuckler
Aug 27 -- Marques Morel
Check out the active videos below!
Summit Street Singers
So many of us miss singing with a choir. We look forward to the end of the pandemic, when it will be safe to sing together again.
Galenians Carole Sullivan and Jean Dregne were able to sing in
the new Eric Whitacre Virtual Choir, which recently premiered the recording of “Sing Gently,” which included 17,572 singers from 129 different countries. This project was an amazingly large undertaking, including music in Braille for blind singers, and having the song signed for the deaf, which is equally beautiful to watch. Eric, the composer, feels that music is an art form that truly brings people together…and that now, of all times, we need to be gentle with each other, and come together.

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Call for Music!
The Center has an exciting new project, generously supported by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council.  We will be putting together a virtual concert to premiere in October, called “COVID-19 Galena, the Story in Song”. The concert will consist of all new music created by our regional Songwriters, about their experiences during the pandemic. The final concert will also be put into a CD format, which will be both an artistic and historic reflection of our time in isolation.

Songwriters are requested to go to our website using this link, Galena Center for the Arts , where they will find an application form, details of the project, suggested theme ideas, where to send files, and deadlines.

Selected artists will receive a stipend, and will record the song in their own place of shelter. Songs must be entered by September 15 to be considered.
You don’t have to be a professional Songwriter to enter. We look forward to hearing your music and inspirations!
Call for Art -- Looking Up!
Karen Wilson’s thread painted interpretation of Barbara Baird’s photograph of Texas Green Jays
With the success of  Trees…Branching Out,  we are moving on to the next exhibit, which will launch September 8.  Looking Up! is the theme. This is all about what you see: clouds, birds, rainbows, kites, planes, the night sky, or possibly superheroes! Use your creativity to share what you might see if you simply looked up. Photography, paintings, sculptures, stitchery, poetry, short essay—all welcome!
Submissions are due August 28. For more information, email Patricia at
Art that Stands Out in its Field
Galena Center for the Arts is seeking Scarecrows! Dig deep into your closet and discover some worn out clothes to dress a wooden frame to be displayed at the Center or anywhere around Galena. We encourage you to make a scarecrow and put in your yard, place of business, or our field. If you would like to display it in our field, we’d like it delivered to the Center by September 15. We’ll give you more specifics when we get closer to that date for a socially distanced drop off. We will have signs available to display with your 'crow with the Galena Center for the Arts logo. 

There will be no security for them, and we are not responsible for any vandalism or theft. Therefore, don’t use a diamond tiara for your scarecrow, or expensive alligator shoes! Use whatever materials you prefer, with the knowledge that they will be displayed outdoors for several weeks. We expect a height range of 5–7 feet. 

The scarecrows will be reviewed for appropriateness and should one be found to be offensive, controversial, or political, the creator will be asked to either change its message or remove the display.

This could be a great family or friends project, and all ages are welcome to participate. Please let us know if you would like to join in the fun of promoting Galena Center for the Arts with a scarecrow in Galena.  
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.
  • Aldrich House
  • Josie Asta
  • Susan Barg
  • Ben Behlke
  • Elizabeth Boggess
  • Marty Busch
  • Paul Chase
  • Marcus de Jesus
  • Jay Dickerson
  • Larissa Distler
  • Janet Eggleston
  • Al Elsbree
  • Megan Gloss
  • Richard Hess
  • Ron Jenkins
  • Jan Lavacek
  • Patricia Lehnhardt
  • Carol Mantey
  • Paul and Nancy McMenamin
  • Courtney Moser
  • Will Mueller
  • Emily Painter
  • David Resnick
  • Bob Rivoire
  • Margaret Scott
  • Patricia Terry
  • Irene Thraen-Borowski
  • Ronn Toebaas
  • Denise Tollensdorf
  • Dennis Waltman
  • Lenny Wayne
  • Mackenzie Witman
  • John Woodin
  • Rob Woodin
  • Spread the word to join the Galena Center for the Arts as a member!
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Become a Member
Did you know you can become a member online?
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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, 219 Summit Street, Galena, IL 61036.
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This program is supported in part by an award from The Chicago Community Foundation, from the Arts Work Fund – Arts for Illinois Emergency Relief Fund housed at The Chicago Community Trust.
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