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Meet Hello Galena Artist: Joan Grippo

Meet Hello Galena Artist Joan Grippo, who creates large sculptures and benches to beautify gardens of homes and pathways in parks.

Grippo's interest in art formed as she grew up in an artistically-talented family of six children. After her careers as teacher, business owner, computer programmer and consultant, it was natural for her to become a full-time artist.

Throughout her 20-year art career, Grippo developed her talents in three-dimensional art mediums. She repurposes objects into her pieces whenever possible. "I am now incorporating 'pique assiette' (French for 'broken plate') recycled mosaics into my metal designs and water features," explains Grippo.

Grippo's work is available in many fine garden centers in the greater Chicago area, at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Hello Galena shop. Her website is www.wellspringdesigns.com.

Hello Galena! is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up of more than 65 local artists. Their artwork and signature gift items are displayed at 121 N. Commerce Street, Galena, Ill. Artists staff the art-only shop. Check out our handy online map, store hours and directions.

For more information, call (815) 777-1448 during shop hours.

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