Galena artists’ co-op hosts second ‘Fire and Earth’

GALENA, Ill.—The “Hello Galena!” artists’ cooperative will host its second annual “Fire and Earth” fair at the historic Old Market House square in downtown Galena from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16.

This year’s end-of-summer celebration will feature potters and glassblowers from Galena and as far away as Michigan. Fine art, jewelry and basket artists will round out the offering, and Leonardo, Galena’s own guitar virtuoso, will offer his lyrical renditions of popular classics and flamencos.

The co-op is especially excited about the participation of Alan Barbick from Warrenville, Ill., with his Native American rock carvings. Very few artists in the entire country create this kind of sculpture, and Barbick is recognized as one of the best. He combines the spiritual wisdom of Native American elders with that of archaeological studies in his symbols and paintings carved into limestone and slate. Through his work and his teachings, he hopes to bring attention to the plight of Native Americans and increase awareness for their culture.

“There are countless tribes that are gone forever,” said Barbick.

Barbick teaches seminars about interpreting rock art and has been a commercial fine artist since 1994 with more than 300 individual showings throughout the country. Samples of his work can be seen at

As always, the cooperative’s goal is to increase awareness for the diversity and caliber of art talent found in and around Galena. The fair will take place, rain or shine, at the Old Market House square on Commerce Street, one block off Main Street, close to Galena’s other historic attractions, shopping, dining and parking.

For more information, call (815) 777-1448, or visit the “Hello Galena!” gallery next to the Market House at 121 N. Commerce St. Summer hours are Monday and Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. “Hello Galena!” is a not-for-profit artist cooperative, staffed by volunteers and operated by the Galena Cultural Arts Alliance.

From the Sept. 13-19, 2006, issue

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