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Mark your calendar!

Christmas Cheer Weekend
December 4th & 5th, 10am to 5pm at the Gallery (202 S. Main Street – Galena).
Come…enjoy Pepperkakor cookies and “Uncle Walt’s Swedish Glugg” while you decide on a gift for someone special.

“Ho-Ho” Good Customer Holiday Discount
10% OFF through December 24th
Give us a “Ho-Ho” when you stop in, call (815-777-1222), or e-mail (cjart@galenalink.net ) to place an order.

Recession Special!!!
Order before December 4th and receive an extra 5% off!

New Giclee Print for the Holidays….
“Jo Daviess Autumn”
$265.00 framed / 175.00 unframed

We thank you for being good customers and friends…and we wish you wonderful holidays.
Marilyn and Carl Johnson


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On the first Friday of November (the 5th) Carol Mantey’s pottery will be featured at the Galena Elks Club, 123 Main Street.   Carol’s pottery is functional – not just decorative – things that can be incorporated into the pattern of daily life.  Carol’s work is a reflection of her love of nature – incorporating nature themes, patterns and textures in earthy tones and colors. She sometimes presses the leaves, prairie plants, wildflowers and weeds into the tiles and bowls.

Texture & Detail

Stop by the Galena Elks Club on Friday, November 5th 6-8 p.m. to meet Carol and to see & purchase her bowls, mugs, vases and teapots.  A cash bar and appetizers are available.

About Carol:

Carol Mantey first studied ceramics in Chicago at Salt Creek Pottery.  Since retiring to Galena seven years ago, she dedicates more time to her interest in art and nature.  Carol took courses from Charles Fach and was an associate at the Stone House Pottery in Galena for five years.   She belongs to a co-operative group of potters in Dubuque, Iowa called Mississippi Mud Studios.  Carol recently built her own studio at her home outside Galena.  Carol is active in the Conservation Guardians.  She volunteers at the Lost Mound Refuge and participates in blue bird monitoring and the Audubon bird counts.

Carol’s Recent Shows & Exhibits

Galena Territory Art Show – November 2006, 2007
Annual Holiday Market – Galena Territory – 2008, 2009, 2010
Galena Fine Arts Summer Festival – 2006, 2007, 2008
Fire and Earth Festival – 2006
Galena Artist Guild Gallery 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Stone House Pottery and Gallery  – winter 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Hello Galena Gallery – 2006, 2007
Natural Area Guardians Art Show – 2005, 2007
Galena Art Guild Art Show at Galena Cellars – 2006, 2007
Galena Cellars Fall Harvest and Art Festival 2010

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Everyone is invited to the Galena Artists’ Guild Gallery’s May 21st reception to open its Spring/Summer Show. The reception is 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gallery, 324 Spring Street (Route 20 just west of Main Street).

Featuring paintings by Pat Perry and ceramics by Joe Pinder, the exhibit brings together work by Guild members, including painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and other works. It will be on view through July 11, Thursdays through Mondays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Featured Artist Pat Perry
Patricia A. Perry’s primary medium is acrylic with experimentation in additives such as gel, medium and pastes. “Every painting is a new adventure for me,” she says. “My life experiences have been rich and have given me an appreciation for all things both small and beautiful.”

Commenting on her inspirations, she notes, “I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and will always find nature an unlimited source of inspiration. Early on, I was influenced by teachers in oil, rosemaling and water colors. My husband, Ron, is a photographer and gives me a lot of material from our travels. Many times I am working on four or five things at once with my studio piled with books and notes.”

While in college and raising a family, Pat took art courses and also earned an associate degree in nursing. “Art has always been a form of relaxation for me, and since joining the Galena Artist’ Guild my inspiration has been enlarged by being part of and working with so many talented people.” Her art education includes courses at the College of Lake County, Main Street Gallery in Dubuque and the Roberta Kuhn Center, also in Dubuque.

Pat has displayed her work at The Galena Artists’ Guild Gallery, and City Hall.

Featured Artist Joe Pinder
Joe Pinder of Pinder Pottery lives in Galena and has been making pottery since 1985. He studied under Paul Eshelman, an Elizabeth, Illinois potter, while attending North Central College in Naperville; and in 1987, he received a BA in Art from North Central College.

Joe says his work is influenced by the pottery of Paul Eshelman, Robin Hopper and John Leach. Reflected in his work is his fondness for nature and early American pottery. His primary concern is with form, strong lines, and sound proportions.

All his glazes are lead free, and his tableware is microwave and dishwasher safe. Each piece is fired to 2200o at which time it vitrifies to a strong, non-porous surface, making it practical for everyday use.

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Join us this Saturday, April 17th from 2-4 p.m. to discover which TAPESTRY canvas you will take home, along with a “Tapestry Tale” stating the artists’ visions for their tiny treasures.

There is still an opportunity to donate $25 and select a number which corresponds to a certain canvas. Which one?  Find out on Saturday!

What’s the twist? For those who donated prior to April 17th you will have an opportunity to accept your canvas, or, for an additional $10 donation, select the canvas of your choice (as long as it is available).  Woohoo!  What an opportunity!

For those who are unable to attend, your canvas will be mailed to you.

After Saturday’s event, TAPESTRY will be reconfigured with artworks received since the opening.  Another reason to come to the Gallery!

Galena Artists’ Guild Gallery
324 Spring Street (west of the the Main Street stoplight)
Regular hours:  Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Gallery’s Spring Show

Yesterday was the Opening Reception for the Spring Show and the TAPESTRY unveiling.  There was a terrific turnout for the event.  TAPESTRY is amazing.  261 canvases created by member of the community!  Thank you!

Here’s a small sampling of some pottery and baskets on display now through May 16th.  Click on thumbnail to see a larger image.

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