Life is a Winding Road by Jim Durrant
Dear Friends,

I hope that in the midst of all the stress and anxiety of the pandemic, this contentious election, and shorter days with longer nights, you have been able to find some comfort in the arts. Beauty in many forms, whether it is in music or dance or visual art, can be stress-reducing and healing. While we can’t offer exhibits and performances in person right now, we are doing our best to offer you arts through virtual experiences.
And the artists are working! When I stopped by the Center today, I was delighted to see one of our studio artists, safely painting in her studio. And our songwriters have been busy, as shown by our virtual concert Covid 19 Galena, The Story in Song. As of the moment I am writing this, less than 24 hours after our concert’s YouTube premiere, we have already had 533 views!
We still have much to be grateful for.

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.
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elevate and celebrate regional arts and artists.
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The Galena Center for the Arts, 219 Summit Street, Galena, IL 61036.
Our galleries will reopen when it’s safe
for our patrons, artists, and staff.
Finding Beauty
A Virtual Exhibit
Once again we present a virtual exhibit in the form of a flip-book and slideshow. Many of the pieces are for sale. If you are interested in purchasing artwork, email Patricia Lehnhardt, our Gallery Manager, for information. 
In these times of isolation, uncertainty, and anxiety we have asked the artists to find beauty. Find beauty in this very time and place we
find ourselves in,
find beauty in this imperfect world, in the nuances of their own backyard, or front porch, if that’s where they sit and ponder.

They have found beauty in the ordinary, the unspectacular, and unexpected places. Nature has been a popular subject as we turn toward the beauty that surrounds us. Each with their own special talents, more than twenty artists share their words and artwork.
Bob Rivoire has assembled a slideshow of his photographs, asking the question, "Is this beauty?" It is always in the eye of the beholder.
Click on the image above
Previous virtual exhibits can be found here:
Heather Swan
to present poetry from her new book
A Kinship with Ash
Friday, November 20, 7 pm
Come enjoy an online reading of poems from Galena native Heather Swan's A Kinship with Ash.  Her poems have appeared in journals such as Poet Lore, Phoebe, The Hopper, The Raleigh Review, Midwestern Gothic. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

An email announcement later this month will
provide details on how to watch and participate.
Heather Swan
her book A Kinship with Ash
"Like Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder, and Annie Dillard before her, Swan is a poet of witness, laying bare the price we pay for pesticide use, fossil fuel extraction, excess and ignorance, but in language so beautiful, lyricism so sweet, that even a world of disintegration and extinction retains reason for meditative joy and celebration." Ronald Wallace.
Songwriters Showcase
Covid 19 Galena, The Story in Song
Virtual Concert
We were excited to have our Premiere viewing of Covid 19 Galena, The Story in Song last week, and welcome anyone who missed it to view it using our YouTube Channel link.
We greatly appreciate the assistance of the Illinois Humanities in making this project possible.

Thanks also to the 18 song-writers, age 12 through senior citizens, who wrote new music for the virtual concert, and to our photographers Cindy Tegtmeyer, Alice McMahon, Henry Matthiessen lll, Alison Schoenrock, and Nancy Berning, and the Galena Gazette and Galena Country Tourism for letting us use their beautiful visuals.
We'll soon have DVDs of the concert for sale. When they
arrive you will be able to purchase them on our website.
Earlier Showcases can be found on our YouTube channel,
The Philadelphia Orchestra and
Steve Martin / Rare Bird Alert
Just another opportunity to have fun with art. Energetic music, with a sense of humor, especially appropriate for all those bird lovers in our area.
THANK YOU to the Illinois Arts Council Agency for awarding us a generous operational grant for the year. We appreciate the support, and are reinforced knowing that the IACA feels that we are doing positive things for our community.
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 Lehnhardt, our Gallery Manager, for a tour and information about renting studio space.
Portraits of the Pandemic at DUMA
We celebrate the many artists who have exhibited in our galleries
and virtual flip books, who are included in Dubuque Museum of Art’s current exhibit, PORTRAITS OF THE PANDEMIC. This exhibit will be displayed in their gallery until February 7, 2021.

You can also see the self portraits and read more about it on the DUMA website:  PORTRAITS OF THE PANDEMIC
Congratulations to: Maureen Bardusk, Gail Chavenelle, Paul Chase, Robert Felderman, Delores Fortuna, Barbara Heitzman, Nancy Kenny, Alda Kaufman, Jan Lavacek, Bob Rivoire and Lisa Towers.
Personal Reflection by Jan Lavacek
Personal Reflection by Jan Lavacek
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 November 6 - 8.
  • Lee Adami
  • Steve Addison
  • Liliana Asta
  • Nancy Berning
  • Brion Bowman
  • Karen Buechele
  • Scott Cornwell
  • Dave Cuckler
  • Robyn Davis & Ted Williams
  • Galena Country Tourism
  • Galena Gazette
  • Scott Guthrie
  • Illinois Humanities
  • Jan Lavacek
  • Bill Lemos
  • Alice McMahon
  • Henry Matthiessen III
  • Ardy Michaels
  • Will Muellar
  • Rose Noble
  • Matthew Orbell
  • Charity Rouse
  • Allison Schoenrock
  • Roy Schroedl
  • Liz Snavely
  • L A Suess
  • Carole Sullivan
  • Cindy Tegtmeyer
  • Troy Troftgruben
  • Lenny Wayne
We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Here’s how to support the Center:

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  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.
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.
This program is partially supported by a grant
from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
This program is funded in part by
the Illinois Humanities.
This project is supported in part
by an award from
the National Endowment for the Arts.
This program has been made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
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