‘Satisfy Your Thirst for Art’ at Vineyard Art Show

The Galena Artists Guild announces that, based on great success last year, this year’s annual “Artful Affair” group show and sale will be at the Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery country location, 4746 N. Ford Rd., in the countryside off Stagecoach Trail.

The date for this year’s event, subtitled “Satisfy Your Thirst for Art,” is Friday, June 9, 5:30-8 p.m. Since the art will be shown and sold indoors, this event is “rain or shine.” A $7 admission fee includes one glass of wine, a sumptuous appetizer buffet and free parking.

More than 25 artists will show their work and offer it for sale at the “Artful Affair.” The work on display will include paintings and prints by Sally Bischel, Janet Checker, Jacquie and Wayne Dyrke, Mercades Govert, Marc Kusnierz, Maribeth Mattox, Charlene Buran Price, Joan Wallace and Dwight Walles. In addition, there will be hand-made birdhouses by Gary Appel, hand-woven baskets by Colleen Howland, handmade jewelry by Jane Schuster of Milagro Studios, and an altered book and decoupaged items by Liz Mitchell.

No Galena Arts Festival in July

“The ‘Artful Affair’ is an especially important event for the Galena Artists Guild this year, because for the first time in 35 years, we will not be hosting a Galena Arts Festival in July,” said Guild President Tina Triana.

Triana added: “In the past year, the members have been pondering the best activities to fulfill the Guild’s long-time mission, which is ‘to promote and support the creative arts and artists of the Galena area and to develop an appreciation of the arts through education.’ We felt that the Arts Festival, though a popular tradition in Galena, just didn’t fully support this mission.

“This has been a wrenching decision,” Triana continued. “But in recent years, jury members have noted a decline in the number and the quality of applications, and since the Guild did not take a cut of artists’ sales, the festival was not a cost-effective fund-raiser. Further, because most of the artists who exhibited at the festival were not from the Galena area, we feel this event does not focus enough on Galena artists to make it worth the enormous amount of volunteer energy it takes to put it on.”

Instead of the Arts Festival, the Artists Guild holds “First Friday” events on the first Fridays of most months, organizes several Gallery Walks each year (the next one is Saturday, May 27, 5-8 p.m., in downtown Galena) and is planning to launch a Web site member directory soon. Membership in the Guild is open to artists and those who support the arts, whether they live in Galena or elsewhere. For more information about the Galena Artists Guild, contact Tina Triana at 815/776-0856.

From the May 24-30, 2006, issue

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