Past Presentations

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  • 4000 Miles – A Table Reading

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    A table reading of 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog, a warm-hearted play about the relationship between a grandmother and grandson. Featuring: Pat Terry and Ben Behlke Join us for our first play reading!  Be advised that the play contains adult subject material, and is not appropriate for children. We hope...

  • Fiber Fun Day

    On July 21st we will celebrate fiber with Fiber Fun Day from 10am to 2pm in the lower level of the Center. Come play with fiber! We will have several stations set up. Bring the family and learn to make a rope, knit with a machine, felt wool fibers with soap, make recycled paper with added botanicals...

  • Making Threads

    Before you weave, or knit, or sew there is always thread.  Janet Zehr and Patricia Lehnhardt will demonstrate the fine art of making threads—the initial process to creating fiber art. They have been growing and processing flax into linen for the last three years, and will describe or show each of...

  • Stories of Our Wildflowers Part II

    Join videographer and retired biologist Richard Pearce for an hour’s exploration of a half dozen of our local wildflowers.  Last year Richard awed our audience with high definition videos of wildflowers—both rare and common—and their interaction with insects. This year there’s more in store...

  • Where the Honeybees Thrive

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      Heather Swan, the author of the acclaimed new book “Where Honeybees Thrive”, published by Penn State University Press, will talk about her research on honeybees around the world, and finding hope in these imperiled creatures.  March 4, 2 pm. Heather Swan, who grew up in Galena, received ...

  • Book Reading and Signing

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    Karen Stockwell will read poetry from her book, Everyday Mysteries, and have copies available for sale and signing. What are “everyday mysteries”? In the context of this volume they are the things we all ponder: the nature of love, making sense of a violent world, how to nurture ourselves and ou...

  • Sixty Days of Stitching at the Royal School of Needlework

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    Karen Wilson attended the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) at Hampton Court Palace in the United Kingdom during summer 2013. She has completed RSN’s Certificate in Technical Hand Embroidery degree and is currently studying toward RSN’s Diploma degree. Her presentation includes highlights...

  • Story Time Reading of Polar Express

    Date  Dec. 3, Dec 10, Dec. 17:   2 PM Story Time Reading of Polar Express .

  • Presentation by Susan Ray

    Dec. 8: 7 PM. Presentation by Susan Ray about making models, building and painting techniques.

  • Reading and Book Signing

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    Several members of the Galena Artists Guild will be reading excerpts from their stories from Sweet and Saucy Stories from Galena, which fourteen authors self published as an anthology. It’s all about food: eating it, cooking it, or sharing it around the table. Short stories, essays, and poetry, al...

  • Presentation on Train Chasing

    Dec. 15:  7 PM. Presentation on Train Chasing and railroad history by Philip and Terri Jackman.

  • Cara Price presentation ~Equitrekking in Mongolia

    Presentation, September 10, 2 PM.  Cara Price tells us about her trek through Mongolia on horseback Almost 20,000 miles round trip traveled by car, by plane, by car, 200 miles on horseback over 12 days, more car, more plane and more car. All just to see the Tsaatan, the last of the nomadic reindeer...

  • “Looking at Paintings from the Inside out”

    Ever wondered how historic masterpieces can still survive after hundreds of years, and still be beautiful?  Come to the Center to hear Faye Wrubel tell about the world of Art conservation and restoration.   Faye Wrubel was painting conservator at the Art Institute of Chicago for 36 years, reti...

  • In Touch with Nature – A gallery talk with Barbara Baird

    Barbara Baird is an award-winning nature photographer who has made her permanent home in Galena, Illinois since 2005. Her images are a tribute to the wildlife that live here and in other parts of the world. Her goal is to inspire a greater awareness to preserve, enhance, and expand our diminishing n...

  • Kaiten – Book Signing

  • “Chasm Gorge” – Book Launch

    Safari guide Jim Heck’s novel “Chasm Gorge”,  longlisted for the Hemingway Prize by Shakespeare & Co., Paris, is a gripping tale of terrorism set in Africa, with original illustrations for the book by Galenian Sheila Haman.

  • Roadtrip With A Raindrop

  • Arts Prism