Local masterpieces
Galena offers many art galleries showcasing local talent


Summit St, Galena, 815-777-0410. The Galena Center for the Arts is an Illinois non-profit organization created to elevate and celebrate regional art and artists. They offer rotating exhibits every two months, along with permanent exhibits displaying local talent. galenacenterforthearts.com

GALENA CLAY WORKS –704 Dewey Ave, Galena. 815-777-0364, Galena Clay Works is the artwork of Kent Henderson. Henderson’s clay works are all made and fired on the premises. He produces both functional and nonfunctional (sculptural pieces) pottery. The functional work is suitable for food, cooking and is dishwasher safe. April through Thanksgiving. twentydirtyhands.com

GRACE EPISCOPAL ARTS –309HillSt, Galena, 815-777-2590. The unique gallery of Grace Episcopal Arts is the original Parish House of Grace Episcopal Church. Offering four exhibits each year–either a single artist or groups. Past exhibits in the gallery include a quilt exhibit, posters and postcards, and photographs. gracegalena.org

HELLO GALENA! –121NCommerceSt, Galena, 815-777-1448. Hello Galena! offers a variety of unique gifts and artwork for all ages made entirely by Galena area artists. Items include paintings, pottery, jewelry, greeting cards, children’s books and hand-knit items. Each month they have a featured artist opening in the evening. hellogalena.org

IMAGES OF NATURE –421SMainSt, Galena, 800-281-4478. Images of Nature features the limited edition photography of world-renowned wildlife and nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen. Books, fine art posters, art cards, calendars and DVDs are also available. Mangelsen enjoys visiting the gallery during autumn for an artist reception. He has released his first limited edition photograph of Illinois that was captured right here in Galena. It is on display in the gallery. mangelsen.com

JANET CHECKER STUDIO –115SHigh St, Galena, 815-777-2277. Janet Checker Studio offers visitors a chance to see Checker’s original works which include oils, pastels and small paintings. On weekends in the summer months she can often be seen painting in her coach house and talking with visitors as they walk by. Janet offers classes and workshops that are available by appointment. janetcheckerstudio.com


Main St, Galena, 815-291-0618. Joe Pinder brings his unique pottery and 29 years of experience creating wheel-thrown, stoneware pottery to Galena. Pinder has been active in the local art scene since he moved to Galena in 2009 and created the Galena Studio Tours to promote art events throughout the year. There are daily pottery demonstrations and a step-by-step pottery story. pinderpottery.com

SKIDMORE ART GALLERY –319SMain St, Galena, 815-777-1500. Offering original artwork from professional artist Mark Skidmore. Choose from a wide variety of artwork